U.S. Department of Education Request for Comment on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Office of Child Care would like to bring your attention to two opportunities related to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

U.S. Department of Education Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that includes a request for public comment on whether and how to include employees of for-profit early childhood settings as a group eligible for the PSLF program. The NPRM can be found via this Web link. Comments are due by August 12, 2022, and must be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Regulations.gov, preferably in a Word format.

Upcoming PSLF Waiver Deadline (October 31, 2022)
The Administration for Children and Families partnered with ED to host a Joint Webinar on PSLF for the ECE Workforce to raise awareness about flexibilities offered through the limited PSLF  Please share this PDF with your networks to ensure that early educators and caregivers are aware of this opportunity and can submit a PSLF form by October 31, 2022.

Child Care Bulletin (CCB) 22-20:  Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Year-End Reporting Reminders

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Fiscal Services has recently posted the following document on its Internet website:  CCB 22-20:  Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Year-End Reporting Reminders.

The purpose of this CCB is to provide reporting information required for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 and provide contractors the due dates and reporting requirements for purposes of completing year-end and audit reports for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022. Please share this letter with your agency staff.

If you have any questions or need additional guidance regarding the information in this letter, please contact your assigned Fiscal Analyst or contact the Child Development Fiscal Services inbox at ChildDevelopmentFiscal@dss.ca.gov.
  In partnership,

Child Care and Development Fiscal Services
California Department of Social Services  
ChildDevelopmentFiscal@dss.ca.gov

Affordable Child Care Keeps America Working: A Call to Action | Call or Email Senators

A Message from NAEYC’s Michelle Kang (NAEYC CEO) and Natalie Vega O’Neill (NAEYC Governing Board President)

In a message sent last Friday, NAEYC shared the following along with a call to action.

The Senate unveiled a reconciliation bill on Wednesday that does not include a single dollar for child care.

  • Zero Funding for early childhood educators
  • Zero Funding for struggling early learning programs
  • Zero Funding for parents desperately seeking to afford high-quality care

Here are five steps we must take together:

Step 1: Read Michelle’s response to the reconciliation proposal and be reaffirmed that NAEYC will continue to be the relentless advocate our members and field need us to be

Step 2: Reach out directly to your Member of Congress! Let them know why funding child care is so critical, and why now is the moment for action. Every message counts.

Step 3: Sent an email? Great! Now reinforce your message by making a phone call to your Senator’s office. Here’s a script you can use. Let’s flood their phone lines with our concerns. 

Step 4: Is your child care program struggling with staffing shortages? Has this forced you to serve less children? NAEYC wants Congress to see what will continue to happen without additional funding for child care. Send us photos of empty classes, chairs, cubbies, or corners you’re not able to use because you don’t have enough staff. Include the name, city and state of your program and send the photos to advocacy@naeyc.org or DM us on Instagram or Twitter. Let’s show Congress what the future will look like if they don’t #SolveChildCare! 

Step 5: Many of you have seen the Little Miss and Mr. Men memes on social media. Well, we now have child care themed ones! Share these on social media and tag your Senators. (Find their handles and contact info here.) Your advocacy has been absolutely critical in helping us get to this point, and we remain grateful for everything you do, every single day, on behalf of young children and families.

California Early Childhood Online (CECO) Modules

To support early childhood teachers, the California Early Learning and Development System provides an integrated set of modules based on state-of-the-art information for early learning and development and best practices in early education. CECO provides free access to professional learning in one centralized location to meet the ever-changing needs of the early childhood field.

Child Care Bulletin (CCB) 22-14: Revised Family Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) has recently posted the following document on its Internet website: (CCB) 22-14: Revised Family Fee Schedule for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-23.

The purpose of this child care bulletin is to notify counties and child care and development contractors of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022–23 Family Fee Schedule that become effective July 1, 2022, and provide guidance on recalculating family fees for currently enrolled families. Further, this CCB serves to notify counties and contractors that subject to finalization in state statute, family fee collection will continue to be waived for all child care and development programs administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) through June 30, 2023.

A message from CDE: UPK Survey!

Dear Early Education and P-3 Alignment Partners,

The California Department of Education has a few questions for UPK implementers and would greatly appreciate your input by filling out a UPK survey. This survey should take approximately five minutes to complete and will help inform future planning. Your responses will be kept anonymous. Please complete the UPK survey by clicking on the following link https://surveys3.cde.ca.gov/s.asp?k=165610509696.

If you have any questions, please email us at UPK@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Sarah Neville-Morgan, Deputy Superintendent
Opportunities for All Branch
California Department of Education

Stephen Propheter, Director
Early Education Division
California Department of Education

California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division Contractors and Grantees: Travel Restrictions for Fiscal Year 2020–21

This memorandum is provided to inform Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) Quality contractors and grantees of a Notice of Change to the Terms and Conditions of the 2020–21 contract or grant an agency may hold with the department.
All travel, both in state and out of state, and any travel associated with conference or meeting attendance is no longer in effect. This notice is effective from July 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021. Contractors and grantees may not submit invoices or expenditure reports for any travel expenses.
In January, the CDE ELCD will reevaluate the travel restrictions provided in this Notice of Change according to guidance provided by the State to respond to the pandemic in order to keep Californians safe. If necessary, this Notice of Change will be extended, as needed, until June 30, 2021.
Additionally, the following guidance has been released for scopes of work (SOWs) for Fiscal Year 2020–21 with regard to tasks and subtasks which may involve travel costs in the budget:
• Add the following proposed standard language to all SOW tasks/subtasks which have potential for activities with travel:
Due to COVID-19 and California’s shelter-in-place order, the in-person meeting (update per your SOW) may be cancelled or changed to a virtual meeting at the discretion of the CDE. Therefore, any announcement for the event must state that the event may be in-person, virtual, or both. The CDE cannot reimburse the Contractor for any cancellation fees, deposit or pre-payments under any circumstances, even if the CDE decides to cancel the event.
• Additional language if registration fees are collected:
The Contractor will be responsible for refunding any unused portion of the registration fee collected, if any, if the event is cancelled or changed to a virtual meeting. OR include specific program income language.
• EXHIBIT B CONSIDERATIONS: Costs in the budget for in-person or virtual will require additional review as the budget will require costs for any eventuality stated in the SOW. Remember the SOW must support the budget, and the budget must support the SOW.
If you have questions, please contact your contract or grant monitor for more assistance.

Upcoming FREE NAEYC Webinar! Questions about COVID-19 in ECE Programs Thursday, May 21, 2020 3:00–4:00 p.m. EDT

Our hearts go out to all who have been infected by COVID-19 and those whose lives have been disrupted by this pandemic. We are particularly concerned about the significant impacts this public health crisis is having on our nation’s child care and early learning programs, including educators, families, and children. In collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, join NAEYC for an informational webinar with Dr. Michele Cheung who will speak about COVID-19 in ECE programs and answer some of the most commonly asked questions by early childhood educators.

Michele Cheung

Michele Cheung, MD MPH, FAAP is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. She completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Cheung completed her pediatrics residency training at University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, and her pediatrics infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She also has completed a preventive medicine residency at UCSF/UC Berkeley. Her focus is on communicable diseases in public health.

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for viewing this live webinar.

 

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/723152502894730507