FY 2020-21 FAQs for ELC ProgramsThis web page contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) and responses related to impacts to early learning and care (ELC) programs surrounding COVID-19 for the fiscal year (FY) 2020-21
Please be aware that these questions pertain to Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21, which went into effect on July 1, 2020. If you would like to view archived questions from FY 2019-20, please visit the FY 2019-20 FAQs for ELC Programs web page. Please note that the CDE responses to the FAQs and Management Bulletins released by the California Department of Education (CDE) do NOT apply to all child care programs statewide, but rather pertain solely to CDE contractors currently holding contracts to provide access to care using state subsidies.
Parents who would like to access Emergency Childcare should visit the Resource and Referral County Listing web page. The local Resource and Referral Agency within your county is there to help connect parents with finding childcare providers. If you would like to access subsidized care you will need to inform the Resource and Referral Agency, who will be able to walk you through the process of enrolling in subsidized childcare.
- After June 30, 2020, can parents be certified for child care services if they are attending online classes?
Yes, parents can be certified for child care services if they are attending online classes, in accordance with Title 5 (5 CCR) section 18087(e) and 18087(k) regulations.
- I am a center-based program who is requesting an emergency closure beginning March 17, 2020. How do we report the days of enrollment for those children enrolled with a variable schedule on the March report?
MB 20-11 instructs contractors who closed mid-March to report the days of enrollment as if they remained open. Typically, center-based contractors can only report the days of enrollment and days of attendance for variable schedule children on the days they were present in the program. Therefore, under typical circumstances, a center-based contractor would not have the days of enrollment or attendance to report for children enrolled with a variable schedule when they are closed. However, due to how the CDE is calculating the emergency closure credits for mid-March, i.e. providing the days of attendance credit at the same rate in which the child with a variable schedule attended previously, the agency must report the days of enrollment for the child enrolled with a variable schedule assuming the child attended the program at maximum certified hours of care.
- What will the group size and teacher-child ratios be for FY 2020-21?
Beginning July 1, 2020, teacher-child and adult-child ratios will return to the ratios listed in Title 5 (5 CCR) Section 18290. Children should remain in groups as small as possible. Should these guidelines differ from local health ordinances, follow the stricter guidance.
- How will contract funds for FY 2020-21 be determined and when will contracts be released?
The initial FY 2020-21 contracts were sent in early June, Initial contracts for CalWORKs Stage 2 and Stage 3 are created each year to align with budgeted amounts in the May Revise, as Stage 2 and Stage 3 are created each year to align with budgeted amounts in the May revise, as Stage 2 and Stage 3 contracts will be augmented throughout the year to ensure adequate funding is available for each contractor to reimburse childcare providers. The initial contracts for CAPP, CMAP, CSPP, CCTR, CMIG, CFCC, and CHAN are based on the FY 2019-20 appropriation. Once the final budget is enacted, any changes made in the final budget will be reflected in Budget Act amendments, which will incorporate all changes to funding for all contract types. Budget Act amendments are typically released in September.
- Are there any flexibilities in using AB 212 funds due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency?
Child Care and Development Funds (CCDF) used to once fund the AB 212 program (QCC Workforce Pathways grant), can be prioritized, to meet the CCDF health and safety requirements for providers and staff as well as, responding to the critical needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic this year.
- Are school-age programs eligible to receive CSCP funds?
The Cleaning and Supplies for Child Care Providers (CSCP) funding is available for both licensed and licensed-exempt centers and home-based providers who are not local educational agencies (LEAs). The LEAs will receive funding through a separate mechanism. Community-based programs that operate through an LEA’s CDE contract will receive funding from the LEA. Awards should be allocated to the licensed school-age program based on either the licensed capacity or the number of children served, whichever is larger. For the license-exempt school-age program, capacity shall be the total number of subsidized children the center serves at any single time in a 24-hour period.
- Is the provider reimbursed if an attendance record/invoice for part of April, all of May and June is submitted even though no CDE children return for services?
In accordance to Management Bulletin 20-04a, which is in effect until June 30, 2020, a provider who remains open shall be reimbursed based on the certified care certificate regardless of attendance.
If you have specific questions about your program, please send questions to the ELCD emergency email box, at ELCDEmergency@cde.ca.gov.