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Direct Service Payment Program Stakeholder Group

The Direct Service Program Providers Stakeholder Group identifies current reporting requirements to find redundancies that can be eliminated and alignment of similar requirements resulting in efficiencies for providers and contractors.

Assembly Bill (AB) 104 required the California Department of Education (CDE) to convene, by September 2015, a stakeholder group, composed by as specified State Agency Designees, Direct-service Program Providers, and Alternative Payment Program Providers, to provide recommendations to streamline data and other reporting requirements for child care and early learning providers that contract with the department as well as to examine CalWORKs Stage 2, CalWORKs Stage 3, and alternative payment program child care contract requirements, program and fiscal audits, and the process by which contractors are informed of and implement new contract requirements, with the purpose of identifying redundancies and efficiencies in program implementation and reducing the workload in program administration, as specified.

The membership of the Direct Service Program Stakeholder Group must include no more than seven members: a representative from the California Department of Social Services, First 5 California, the CDE, as well as an additional four members as listed below:

  • California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contractor
  • CDE direct service child care contractor (i.e. General Child Care and Development [CCTR], Migrant [CMIG], Special Needs Children [CHAN] programs)
  • Head Start grantee
  • Entity receiving funding through a program administered by a county First 5 commission

Per AB 104, interested parties were encouraged to apply to be representatives on this stakeholder group. A diverse selection of candidates was chosen by the CDE based on the guidelines outlined by AB 104 and their location throughout the state of California to encourage full geographical representation. Applicants chosen were limited to those who applied.

AB 104 Timeline

September 1, 2015

State Department of Education shall convene a stakeholder group

March 1, 2016

Stakeholder group shall make a draft of its findings available to the Department of Finance and the Governor’s State Advisory Council for Early Learning and Care for review and comment

April 1, 2016

Stakeholder group shall provide its recommendations to the Legislature, Department of Finance, and State Board of Education

Who Should Attend?

Attendees are limited to the stakeholders who applied and were chosen. Meeting notes will be posted below.

Direct Service Payment Program Stakeholder Group Members

  • Sarah Neville-Morgan, Director, Early Learning and Care Division, California Department of Education
  • Camille Maben, Executive Director, First 5 California
  • Kim Johnson, Branch Chief, Child Care Refugee Programs Branch, California Department of Social Services
  • Pamm Shaw (Head Start seat), Executive Director, Early Childhood Services, YMCA of the Central Bay Area
  • Keesha Woods (CDE Direct Service seat), Head Start-State Preschool Director, Head Start-State Preschool Division, Los Angeles County Office of Education
  • Robert M. Hudson, Ed.D. (California State Preschool Programs Seat), Superintendent, Alpaugh Unified School District

Direct Service Payment Program Stakeholder Group Meeting Notes and Information


The stakeholder groups planned eight meetings between September 2015, and March 2016. Both stakeholder groups agreed to meet as one entity and consolidate their recommendations into a single document. Draft recommendations were submitted to the California Department of Finance (DOF) and the Governor's State Advisory Council for Early Learning and Care for review and comment on March 1, 2016. Finalized recommendations were submitted to the Legislature, the DOF, and the State Board of Education on April 1, 2016.

The recommendations of the combined group are located on the Final AB 104 Recommendations (XLS) document. In addition, the groups recommend that four additional stakeholder groups be created to effectively streamline administrative burden: (1) Non-Compliant Families and Providers, (2) Alignment of Administrative Priorities for Stage 1 and Stage 2, (3) Single Rate Structure, and (4) Alternative Payment Administration and Case Management.

Questions:   Early Learning and Care Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 20, 2020
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