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FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. As per the FDA news update hyperlinked below, “Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

 

FDA has identified more than two dozen hand sanitizers that are toxic when absorbed through the skin. It is urgent that this information be sent to child care providers, parents, state child care licensing offices, child care professional development agencies, and others who can disseminate this information.

 

Consumers who have been exposed to a hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for the potential toxic effects of methanol poisoning, which can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, and seizures. Although people of all ages are at risk for methanol poisoning, “young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk.”

 

Please see the full FDA news update on hand sanitizers with methanol at https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-updates-hand-sanitizers-methanol for further information.

 

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Special Needs School Transportation Camera Program

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has requested the California Department of Education to share this grant opportunity with school districts and education agencies within California.

The Special Needs School Transportation Camera Program is a grant administered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The program is intended to provide cameras on school transportation used by pre-K through high school students with disabilities/special needs to identify abusive behavior that may occur between students and/or between students and bus drivers/school personnel. Please see the Request for Proposal (RFP) for eligibility information and how to apply.

Grant Subaward Performance Period: January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2022

Submission Deadline: Monday, August 17, 2020

Available Funding: Individual Applicants may request up to $138,022

The RFP is located on the Cal OES website at: https://www.caloes.ca.gov/pages/Grant-Details.aspx?itemID=374&ItemTitle=2020-21%20Special%20Needs%20School%20Transportation%20Camera%20(SN)%20Program%20RFP

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

This is a message on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care (OCC).

 

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted. The CARES Act provides $3.5 billion and various flexibilities for state, territory, and tribal lead agencies to operate their Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) programs to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health emergency and to ensure the supply of child care after the emergency subsides.

 

The CARES Act includes additional provisions that, although not specific to child care, address the needs of child care providers and child care workers, as does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“Families First Act”), which was enacted on March 18, 2020. State, territory, and tribal governments now face the complexities of blending COVID-19 funding programs across multiple agencies to best support children, families, and child care providers. To aid with these decisions, the OCC has prepared guidance listing the funding programs outside of the CCDF program that affect child care providers and staff. The information can be accessed, along with updates reflecting ongoing legislation, on the OCC COVID-19 Legislation Guide for CCDF Administrators web page at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/covid-19-legislation-guide-for-ccdf-administrators.

 

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Webinar Announcement: Universal Design for Learning in Distance Learning for Early Childhood

Attention: Attention: All Executive Officers and Program Directors of California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Programs

 

On Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., the ELCD is co-hosting a webinar on Universal Design for Learning in early learning settings.

 

Hosted by the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division in collaboration with the ELCD and the California Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Coalition, this webinar will provide information on UDL and its application to distance learning for early childhood education. UDL provides accessibility for all children to demonstrate their mastery of developmental milestones.

 

Kelly Wylie and Kathy Wahl from the Santa Clara County Office of Education will provide a broad overview of UDL and guidance on integrating UDL principles as educators plan and deliver instruction in a distance learning format for preschool students.

 

This webinar will be on Facebook Live and Zoom. Zoom registration can be found on the CDE Distance Learning web page at  https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/dl/.

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Early Learning and Care Playbook

Good morning,

 

On June 5th the state issued updated Guidance for Child Care Programs and Providers that aims to support child care providers and programs as they begin to reopen and other programs transition from emergency childcare for essential workers to enhanced regular operations. To help all providers apply the new and updated policies and requirements and make updates to their emergency preparedness plan, there are also resources and tools available at the Early Learning and Care Playbook, which provides information and links to tips, training, and other resources that will help providers and parents as they navigate the new guidance and requirements.

 

Please check out the new Guidance and Early Learning and Care Playbook to support the wellness and safety of children, providers, and families. Thank you.

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Quality Counts California Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Applications Release and Webinar

Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Applications (RFA) Release

The CDE, ELCD is announcing the release of the Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Request for Application (RFA). The RFA is designed to align with the QCC professional development system and to focus on local workforce needs across all care setting types. The QCC Workforce Pathways Grant RFA, in combination with the unified QCC Local Consortia and Partnerships Grant RFA (QCC Unified RFA), represents investments by the CDE/ELCD to support an effective statewide Quality Improvement System and Quality Rating and Improvement System. As the state invests in quality improvements, including workforce development, it will continue to encourage QCC system alignment in order to build a stronger quality system.

 

The CDE would like to highlight the following changes:

  • Funding has been reduced to an $11,000,000 one-year statewide allocation.
  • The QCC Workforce pathways have been streamlined.
  • The former stipend administrating agency in the county will have the first right of refusal. The QCC Consortia Lead will have the second right of refusal.
  • The QCC Workforce pathways grant will be available to all counties and to Tribal Childcare.
  • The CDE is moving forward with an equity-focused funding formula, but has set caps on both increases and decreases to the amount of funding that any county will receive in comparison to the 2019–20 Assembly Bill 212 allocation.

 

The grant was released on May 26, 2020, and the applications are due June 15, 2020, by close of business. There is no Letter of Intent required for this grant.  Please see additional key dates on the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant web page, located at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r2/qccelcwork2021rfa.asp.

 

Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Webinar

An informational webinar will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020, 1–2 p.m. to review the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant RFA. Below you will find the link to register. It is not necessary to pre-register.

For more information regarding the QCC ELC Workforce Pathways Grant or webinar, please email the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant Team at QCCWorkforce@cde.ca.gov.

 

Attendee Information

Topic: Quality County California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant RFA Technical Assistance Webinar

Time: May 29, 2020 01:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Web Link:

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/98803336887

Password: 914014

 

Telephone:

Dial:

USA 215 861 0692

USA 8882512909 (US Toll Free)

Conference code: 410566

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CDE: Fiscal Year 2020-21 Contract Information

The CDE, ELCD and Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services (CDNFS) office has received questions from contractors about when the Early Learning and Care contracts for 2020-21 will be sent to contractors. The information below pertains specifically to the following CDE contracts: Alternative Payment Program (CAPP), Migrant Child Care (CMIG and CMAP), California State Preschool Program (CSPP), General Child Care (CCTR), Family Child Care Home Education Networks (CFCC), Care for Children with Severe Disabilities (CHAN), and CalWORKs Stages 2 and 3 (C2AP and C3AP).

 

Agencies holding these CDE contracts can expect to receive fiscal year 2020-21 contracts by June 1. These contracts will not reflect any of the proposed changes in the May Revise. While the changes in the May Revise are proposed changes to the budget, contractors should review what has been proposed and assess their current financial situation to make informed decisions and plan accordingly. Once the final budget is enacted, any changes made in the final budget will be reflected in contract amendments. The CDE will process Budget Act amendments, which will incorporate all changes to funding. Budget Act amendments are typically released in September.

 

If you have any questions regarding this correspondence, please contact your assigned CDNFS fiscal analyst from the CDNFS Fiscal Apportionment Analyst Directory at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/cd/faad.asp.

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Revised Timeline and Guidance for the Allocation of Funds for Cleaning and Supplies for Childcare Providers (Apportionment for the Senate Bill (SB) 89 COVID-19 Early Learning and Care (ELC) Response Funds Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 and extended to FY 2020-21

Attention: All Executive Officers and Program Directors of California Department of Education Early Learning and Care Programs and Operators of Private Programs

 

On April 29, 2020, the CDE ELCD announced funds authorized by the Governor and Legislature to provide funding to providers for cleaning, personal protective equipment, and other supplies to support emergency childcare during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

 

The CDE, ELCD has released a letter to update the Apportionment Guidance to Resource and Referral (R&R) Program Contractors. The purpose of this guidance is to revise some of the content from the original guidance letter dated April 29, 2020. Some of the items superseded by this guidance include the timeline for expending Cleaning and Supplies for Childcare Providers (CSCP) funding, clarifying eligible providers, use of funds, and reporting the use of funds to the CDE. Content from the April 29 letter that is not superseded by this letter remains in effect.

 

The letter can be found on ELCD’s COVID-19 Guidance and Resources web page: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/elcdcovid19.asp

 

If you have any questions about these funds, please refer to ELCDEmergency@cde.ca.gov.

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CDE: SSPI Webinar: Educator Support Circle (Thursday, May 7 from 4:00-5:30 p.m.)

An opportunity for you to hear what other colleagues around the state are doing to support students, each other, and themselves amidst the COVID-19 challenges.

The webinar information is below.

Our panelists will feature educators from across the state, including one of our 2020 California Teachers of the Year, Mandy Kelly; one of our Classified School Employees of the Year; and Mara Madrigal-Weiss, Director of Student Wellness and Student Achievement with the San Diego County Office of Education.

Feel free to share this information with your colleagues. We are here to support each and every one of you during this pandemic.

To join the webinar by VIDEO, click the below link:

https://zoom.us/j/96401448065

Meeting ID: 964 0144 8065

Password: 181959

 

To join via Facebook Live, go to the CDE’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation

NOTE: You do not need to have a Facebook account to view.

To join by AUDIO ONLY, please call:

1-602-333-2014

1-888-204-5984 (U.S. Toll-Free)

Conference code: 764260

Password: 181959

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Survey to Assess Impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Stage 1, 2, 3, the California Alternative Payment (AP) Program, and the California Migrant Alternative Payment Program (CMAP)

This survey is being jointly administered by the CDE and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to collect key information needed for the COVID-19 response.

 

Pursuant to the CDE’s Management Bulletin (MB) 20-04 (https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/mb2004.asp), released March 18, 2020, and the CDSS All County Welfare Directors Letter (https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/Additional-Resources/Letters-and-Notices/ACWDL/2020/ACWDL_3-30-20.pdf) released March 30, 2020, the CDE and the CDSS are now collecting data on the number of dual payments referred to in that guidance. This data will inform the state’s understanding of how programs are responding to COVID-19 and is critical for decision-making purposes.

 

Accordingly, pursuant to the above-referenced guidance, the CDE and the CDSS are requiring all Alternative Payment contractors and County Welfare Departments that administer CalWORKs Stage 1, 2, 3, the California Alternative Payment Program, and the California Migrant Alternative Payment Program to complete this survey by 5pm on May 11, 2020.

 

This survey contains the same questions asked in the last survey. In addition to identifying information about your agency or department, the survey asks two key questions:

 

  1. What percentage of children receiving a voucher from your agency or department moved from one provider to a secondary provider due to the closure of their primary provider?

a.    Periods this data will be collected for:

                          i.     March 16 to March 31

                         ii.     The month of April

  1. What percentage of children receiving a voucher from your agency or department were on a variable schedule? (only asked to CDE contractors)

a.    Periods this data will be collected for:

                          i.     The month of March

                         ii.     The month of April

We are asking agencies and departments to resubmit information for March now that more complete information is available.

 

If you are able to submit data before the deadline, please do so.

 

Alternative Payment contractors who administer CalWORKs Stage 1 on behalf of their County Welfare Department must provide CalWORKs Stage 1 data in addition to data on their CDE contracted programs.

 

Contractors operating in multiple counties should only submit one survey response that includes all counties served.

 

To complete the survey, please answer all questions. If you have any questions about filing out this survey, please contact ELCDEmergency@cde.ca.gov or CCPB@dss.ca.gov.

 

Link to the survey: https://surveys2.cde.ca.gov/go/mayimpactsofcorona.asp