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Management Bulletin 20-16

Early Learning and Care Division

Subject: Continued Funding Application Fiscal Year 2021–22

Number: 20-16

Date: September 10, 2020

Expires: November 10, 2020

Authority: California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Division 1, Chapter 19, Subchapter 1, Article 5, Section 18010

Attention: Executive Officers and Program Directors of Early Education Programs


Management Bulletin (MB) 20-16 offers existing California Department of Education (CDE), Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) contractors the opportunity to request continued funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021–22. California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), Section 18010(d) states, “Contractors that intend to accept the offer to continue services in the subsequent contract period shall respond to a Continued Funding Application request from the Child Development Division in accordance with the instructions and timelines specified in the request.” Each contractor is to review this information as soon as possible to ensure appropriate time and resources are reserved to complete the process. This MB supersedes the Continued Funding Application (CFA) information found in MB 19-07.


Section 18010(e) of 5 CCR states, “Failure to respond within the timelines specified in the continued funding application request shall constitute notification to the Child Development Division of the contractor’s intent to discontinue services at the end of the current contract period.” Failure to respond to requests from the ELCD for additional information will result in the application being deemed incomplete.


The complete Continued Funding Application packet is available on the CFA web page at

The CDE does not require formal board approval of the application package. In most cases, board action is required only to sign the formal contract. If the contractor’s governing board requires approval prior to application submittal, the board action must be completed before the due date of the submittal.

Application Submission Requirements

Electronic submission of the application is encouraged. To submit the application electronically, email the completed application and all required attachments to and include the following statement in the body of the email:

“By submitting the attached, I certify that I am authorized to submit, and have approved, this Continued Funding Application (CFA) for [Agency Name], vendor number [XXXX]. [Agency Name] intends that the CFA transaction be completed by electronic means. All signatures in the attachment are intended to be binding."

Physical application submissions will also be accepted. If opting to submit a physical application, mail or deliver one (1) application packet with original signatures and two (2) copies of the application packet to the ELCD at the following address:

Continued Funding Application FY 2021–22
Early Learning and Care Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Applications must be received on or before 5 p.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2020, regardless of method of application submission.


If you have any questions regarding the information in this management bulletin, please contact your assigned ELCD Field Services Consultant at or by telephone at 916-322-6233.

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.

Questions:   Early Learning and Care Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 10, 2020
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