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CCDF Draft Plan Summary

Letter Head: Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

Summary of the Child Care and Development Fund State Plan for the Period of 10/1/09 through 9/30/11 for California

Introduction

The federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) is an aggregate of several funding sources that is distributed in block grants by the federal government to the states and territories. The majority of the funds are to be used to provide child care services to families who meet certain income and need criteria. A portion of the funding (at least four percent of the block grant amount) is to be used for activities to improve the quality of child care. Another portion (not to exceed five percent of the block grant amount) is to be used to pay for costs of administering the CCDF.

The purpose of the CCDF is to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. Every two years, states and territories receiving CCDF funds must prepare and submit to the federal government a plan detailing how these funds will be allocated and expended.

This summary highlights the major provisions, activities, and services that are contained in California’s proposed CCDF State Plan for the period from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2011.

Plan Overview

Part 1 of the State Plan describes how the federal CCDF dollars and activities will be administered. The California Department of Education serves as the Lead Agency and, through its contractors and other State agencies, administers and implements all services, programs, and activities funded under the CCDF, in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and the provisions of the State Plan.

Part 2 describes how the CCDF child care program was developed, and in particular, the consultation, coordination, and partnerships that occurred in developing this proposed State Plan.

Part 3 describes the child care services offered under this Plan. Included are descriptions of the:

  • Range of child care services provided
  • Payment rates for the provision of child care
  • Eligibility criteria for child care services
  • Priority rules for serving children
  • Information about the sliding scale for child care services
  • Certificate (voucher) payment program

The Plan identifies a full range of child care and development services that are offered throughout the State in both licensed and license-exempt settings, including centers, family child care homes, the home of kith or kin, and the child’s home. It also provides a description of family fees for child care and development services using a sliding scale, based on family income and family size. The Plan specifies that the CCDF provides services to children from birth to thirteen years of age, with services available to eighteen years of age for a child with exceptional needs.

Part 4 describes processes with parents, including:

  • The process for a family to apply for or receive child care services
  • The length of eligibility for CCDF services
  • How the State maintains a record of substantiated parent complaints and makes such information available to the public
  • The procedure for affording parents unlimited access to their children while in care

Child care and development services will be provided either through direct service contracts with centers or family child care networks, or through a certificate system used by alternative payment programs and county welfare departments.

Part 5 describes the activities and services to improve the quality and availability of child care and development services, and the status of the state's progress related to voluntary early learning guidelines.

5.1 Quality Improvement Activities: Federal statute requires that at least four percent of the CCDF allocation be used for quality improvement activities. An estimated $96,660,000, which includes $18,783,000 in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding, will be expended on quality improvement activities in California for each of the two years covered by this Plan. The proposed quality improvement activities include:

  • Infant/Toddler Activities:
    • Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers (PITC) Institutes
    • I/T Resource Grants
    • Child Care Initiative Project with an Infant/Toddler Focus
    • PITC Partners for Quality Regional Support Network
    • Community College I/T Demonstration Sites
    • Inclusion of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
    • Infant/Toddler Specialists for Healthline

  • Resource and Referral Programs:
    • Support for the statewide system of Child Care Resource and Referral programs in every county

  • School-Age Child Care Activities:
    • Before- and After-School Program Grants
    • Training and Stipends for School-Age Program Professionals
    • School-Age Curriculum and Materials Development and Distribution

  • Comprehensive Consumer Education:
    • 800-KIDS-793 Phone Line for Parents

  • Grants or Loans to Providers to Assist in Meeting State or Local Standards:
    • Facilities Renovation and Repair Grants
    • Instructional Materials Grants

  • Monitoring of Compliance with Licensing and Regulatory Requirements:
    • Desired Results System for Children and Families
    • Evaluation of Quality Improvement Activities
    • Subsidized TrustLine Applicant Reimbursement
    • License Enforcement for Child Care Programs

  • Professional Development, including Training, Education, and Technical Assistance:
    • Child Development Training Consortium
    • Technical Assistance to Child Care Providers for Facilities Financing
    • Desired Results Field Training
    • California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)
    • Training TANF Recipients as Child Care Development Teachers
    • Child Development Permit Matrix Professional Growth Advisors
    • Family Child Care At Its Best Project – University of California, Davis
    • Child Care Initiative Project
    • Informal Provider Training
    • Faculty Initiative Project

  • Improving Salaries and Other Compensation for Child Care Providers:
    • California Early Childhood Mentor Program
    • Stipend for Permit
    • Child Development Teacher and Supervisor Grant Program
    • Child Care Salary and Retention Incentives

  • Activities in Support of Early Learning, Literacy, and Numeracy Development:
    • English Language Learners Support
    • Public Broadcasting Preschool Education Project
    • Development of the Preschool Learning Foundations & Curriculum Frameworks

  • Activities to Promote Inclusive Child Care:
    • Map to Inclusive Child Care
    • Inclusion and Behavior Consultation

  • "Healthy Child Care America" and Other Health Activities, Including Those Designed to Promote Social and Emotional Development of Children:
    • Healthline
    • Health and Safety Training for Licensed and License-Exempt Providers

  • Other Quality Activities:  Increase Parental choice, Improve the Quality & Availability
    • Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils Grant


5.2 Early Learning Guidelines and Professional Development Plans: This required section of the Plan describes the State's progress toward developing or revising research-based early learning guidelines for three to five year olds.

Part 6 describes the health and safety requirements for child care providers in centers, group homes, family child care homes, and in-home settings that are paid with CCDF dollars. This part includes descriptions of how State licensing requirements are enforced and how assurances are made that children receiving CCDF funded child care are appropriately immunized.

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California Department of Education
Quality Improvement Budget for SFY 2009-10

Quality Earmark Activities
Infant/Toddler (I/T) Activities
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.1(a) Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers (PITC) Institutes $1,075,000   $1,075,000
5.1.1(b) I/T Resource Grants $582,756 $197,599 $780,355
5.1.1(c) Child Care Initiative Project with an Infant/Toddler Focus $123,459 $2,660,541 $2,784,000
5.1.1(d) PITC Partners for Quality Regional Support Network $4,117,400 $200,000 $4,317,400
5.1.1(e) Community College I/T Demonstration Sites $723,000   $723,000
5.1.1(f) Inclusion of Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities $925,000   $925,000
5.1.1(g) Infant Toddler Specialists for Healthline $250,000 $75,000 $325,000
Resource and Referral
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.2 Resource and Referral Programs $23,035,541   $23,035,541
School-Age Activities
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.3(a) Before- and After-School Program Grants $122,433   $122,433
5.1.3(b) Training and Stipends for School-Age Program Professionals $812,000   $812,000
5.1.3(c) School-age Curriculum & Materials Development & Distribution $300,000   $300,000
Other Quality Activities
Comprehensive Consumer Education
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.1 800-KIDS-793 Phone Line for Parents $0 $100,000 $100,000
Grants/Loans to Providers to Meet State & Local Standards
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.2(a) Facilities Renovation and Repair Grants $0 $2,500,000 $2,500,000
5.1.6.2(b) Instructional Materials Grants $945,130   $945,130
Monitoring of Compliance with Licensing & Regulatory Requirements
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.3(a) Desired Results System for Children and Families $905,100   $905,100
5.1.6.3(b) Evaluation of Quality Improvement Activities $628,000   $628,000
5.1.6.3(c)* Subsidized TrustLine Applicant Reimbursement $1,200,000   $1,200,000
5.1.6.3(d)* License Enforcement for Child Care Programs $8,000,000   $8,000,000
Professional Development, including Training, Education, & Technical Assistance
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.4(a)* Child Development Training Consortium $2,173,100 $1,339,081 $3,512,181
5.1.6.4(b)* Technical Assistance to Child Care Providers for Facilities Financing $300,000   $300,000
5.1.6.4(c) Desired Results Field Training $653,400   $653,400
5.1.6.4(d) California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) $0 $2,975,000 $2,975,000
5.1.6.4(e)* Training TANF Recipients as Child Care Development Teachers $4,000,000   $4,000,000
5.1.6.4(f) Child Development Permit Matrix Professional Growth Advisors $0 $250,000 $250,000
5.1.6.4(g) Family Child Care At Its Best Project - UC Davis $0 $1,000,000 $1,000,000
5.1.6.4(h)* Child Care Initiative Project $750,000   $750,000
5.1.6.4(i)* Informal Provider Training $2,500,000   $2,500,000
5.1.6.4(j) Faculty Initiative Project $0 $500,000 $500,000
Improving Salaries & Other Compensation for Child Care Providers
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.5(a) California Early Childhood Mentor Program $0 $3,271,919 $3,271,919
5.1.6.5(b) Stipend for Permit $0 $500,000 $500,000
5.1.6.5(c) Child Development Teacher & Supervisor Grant Program $0 $350,000 $350,000
5.1.6.5(d)* Child Care Retention program: AB 212 $15,000,000   $15,000,000
Activities in Support of Early Language, Literacy, & Numeracy Development
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.6(a) English Language Learners Support $0 $1,625,319 $1,625,319
5.1.6.6(b) Public Broadcasting Preschool Education Project $0 $455,000 $455,000
5.1.6.6(c) Development of Preschool Learning Foundations & Curriculum Frameworks $1,318,681   $1,318,681
Activities to Promote Inclusive Child Care
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.7(a) Map to Inclusive Child Care $0 $275,000 $275,000
5.1.6.7(b) Inclusion and Behavior Consultation $0 $508,541 $508,541
Healthy Child Care America & Other Health Activities including those designed to promote social & emotional development of children
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.8(a)* Healthline $300,000   $300,000
5.1.6.8(b)* Health and Safety Training for Licensed & License-Exempt Providers $500,000   $500,000
Other Quality Activities: Increase Parental Choice, Improve the Quality & Availability
Section Activities Quality ARRA
CCDBG
Total
5.1.6.9(a)* Local Child Care and Development Planning Councils Grant $6,637,000   $6,637,000
FY 2009-10 TOTAL
All
Sections
All Activities Quality
Total
ARRA
CCDBG
Total
Grand
Total
    $77,877,000 $18,783,000 $96,660,000

*This item is (all or part) a Scheduled item or in Provisional language in the Budget Act.

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