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Management Bulletin 19-09

Management Bulletins issued by the Early Learning and Care Division to clarify regulations and statutes.

Early Learning and Care Division

Subject: Fiscal Year 2019–20, Request for Applications General Child Care and Development

Number: 19-09

Date: November 2019

Expires: December 2019

Authority: The Fiscal Year 2019–20 California Budget Act (Assembly Bill 74, Chapter 23, Statutes of 2019), Item Number 6100-194-0001 provides funding for California General Child Care and Development (CCTR) Expansion.

Attention: California institutions of higher education, Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and non-Local Educational Agencies (non-LEAs), nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies of Early Learning and Care programs interested in applying for General Child Care and Development Program funding

Important Dates

Event Date
Application and Instructions Announced
November 5, 2019
Application Due Date
December 10, 2019
Program Start Date
April 1, 2020


The California Department of Education (CDE) Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) announces the availability of approximately $50 million General Child Care and Development (CCTR) program funds to provide direct services for California children from birth to age three and for children that are school-age. Funds are available for both Local Educational Agency (LEA) and non-LEA applicants to provide full-day/full-year services on or after April 1, 2020.

Funding will be allocated by County and, within each County, by Local Planning Council (LPC) priority area. Awards will be made in the order of highest passing score.

The Request for Applications (RFA) funding opportunity is available to LEAs and other agencies that currently hold contracts with the CDE as well as LEAs and other agencies that do not currently hold a CDE contract. The allocation priorities referenced above shall be provided to underserved areas as identified by the Local Child Care and LPC web page at

Statutory and Regulatory Background

Each applicant will be required, as a condition of the contract with the CDE, to adhere to the Funding Terms and Conditions (FT&C), the CCTR program requirements, the CDE Audit Guide, and any other requirements incorporated into the contract, in addition to all other applicable laws and regulations. The California Education Code (EC) Title 1, Division 1, Part 6, Chapter 2, sections 8235–8237 authorizes the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer CCTR. California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), Chapter 19, sections 18001–18003 provide general provisions for awarding funding. Pursuant to 5 CCR Section 18272, the ELCD requires each agency to maintain a developmental profile that identifies the emotional, social, physical, linguistic, and cognitive growth of each child served; and to use the profile to plan and conduct age and developmentally appropriate activities. Program contractors must maintain appropriate staffing ratios in accordance with 5 CCR, Section 18290. Pertinent information can be found at the CDE Laws, Regulations, and Requirements web page at

The EC Section 8208(al) defines “local educational agency” as a school district, a county office of education, a community college district, or a school district acting on behalf of one or more schools within the school district. Direct funded charter schools will be considered LEAs for the purposes of this RFA.

These funds are intended to increase the availability of CCTR services to eligible children. The CCTR services should be provided based on the needs of families in the community being served.

Application Submission Requirements

The CCTR Expansion RFA and other attachments can be found at the CCTR Expansion RFA web page at

Agencies considering submitting a CCTR Expansion RFA must complete and send all required documentation, on or before December 10, 2019, to the following address:

California Department of Education
Early Learning and Care Division
Attention: Funding Application Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Applicants must mail or personally deliver paper applications. The ELCD will not accept electronic versions, files on computer discs, or facsimile applications. Application packages must be received at the address listed above on or before 5 p.m., December 10, 2019.

It is solely the applicant’s responsibility to carefully review the RFA information and requirements before submitting an application for funding. Failure to follow the submission requirements may disqualify the application.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this management bulletin, please submit your questions by email to

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This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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