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.


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All travel, both in state and out of state, and any travel associated with conference or meeting attendance is no longer in effect.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.