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FY 2020-21 FAQs for ELC Programs

This 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.

801A Reporting
Distance Learning
Eligibility
Emergency Childcare
Enrollment Reporting
Essential Workers
Family Fees

Fiscal Reporting Forms
Funding

Parent Signature
Program Quality
Quality Funds

Reimbursement
Reopening and Closures
School-Age Children

801A Reporting

  1. If our program was closed during the month of July, what should we report on our 801A? (Posted 9/15/20)

    If an agency is closed and not providing any services, including distance learning services, they'll mark "no-services" using the "sub-agency/no-services" function. If you're providing distance learning and not in person, you'll report the enrolled families.

  2. Our program is providing distance learning services. Should we continue to do the 801A reports like I have in the past? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes, if distance learning services are being provided, report families based on enrollment.

  3. Will families participating in distance learning be counted for enrollment numbers and will our contract (CSPP) be able to pay their slots? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Children participating in distance learning opportunities are counted in enrollment.

  4. For reporting purposes; between July 1, 2020 through September 7, 2020, are we able to report the enrollment numbers for all of our centers or just our LEA campus centers? (Posted 9/25/20)

    You may report all enrollment for centers on or off an LEA campus. This is true for LEAs and CBOs. The enrollment that you report should be associated with the days of operation on the program calendar you were previously approved to operate.

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Distance Learning

  1. When will distance learning plans be due? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Please refer to Management Bulletin 20-17. The distance learning plan must be submitted by the survey link provided in that management bulletin. If you would like a copy of the survey questions in order to prepare the plan prior to completing the survey, please contact your assigned ELCD, PQI regional consultant. The distance learning plans are due on or before October 1, 2020.

  2. If programs on LEA campuses are only providing distance learning, is that considered open and operational? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Direct contract programs, (including the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), General Child Care (CCTR), and California Migrant Child Care (CMIG), that are operated on an LEA campus, may physically close and continue to be funded when the LEA site has determined it will not open. All enrolled children and families will engage in developmentally appropriate activities through a distance learning format. ​ 

    Once the LEA or the state or local public health agency decides its campus(es) are safe to reopen, the programs on the respective LEA campus(es) must physically reopen as well.

  3. How will we collect and report attendance for Distance Learning in a Hybrid or full-time Distance Learning model? (Posted 9/15/20)

    On the CDNFS Fiscal and Attendance report form (CDNFS 8501 or CDNFS 9500). Only report those days of attendance in which the child is physically being served in the classroom. For the CDMIS reports, please report enrolled families if you are providing in person or distance learning. Do not report enrolled families if you are not providing either distance learning or in person services.

  4. The guidance for provider payments during distance learning for school age children, does the guidance also apply to CalWORKS Stage 1? (Posted 9/25/20)

    At CDE, we do not administer CalWORKS Stage 1. Please contact your local county welfare department, or our partners at CDSS.

  5. We have some families that have chosen not to attend and their 12 months of eligibility is not up yet. Are we required to provide distance learning to these families? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes, any family participating in a direct contract program that has elected to shelter in place should be offered distance learning opportunities.

  6. When our direct contract program reopens and a family makes a choice to continue distant learning services, are we able to continue services with this family? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes, if a family elects to shelter in place during COVID-19 and participates in distance learning services, they shall retain their eligibility for no less than 12 months.

  7. Where can I find the survey linked to the distance learning plan? (Posted 9/25/20)

    The survey is linked in the distance learning MB 20-17.

  8. Can you clarify the 45 minute maximum requirement per session? If we have two 30 minute sessions per day are we over that maximum? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Contractors are provided flexibility on this issue. As long as the maximum minutes per session is met. Contact your assigned Regional consultant for further discussion.

  9. If our program already submitted and had approval for our distance learning services back in April, will we be required to submit another one in response to MB 20-17? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes, please complete the template provided in Management Bulletin 20-17.

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Eligibility

  1. After June 30, 2020, can parents be certified for childcare services if they are attending online classes?

    Yes, parents can be certified for childcare services if they are attending online classes, in accordance with Title 5 (5 CCR) section 18087(e) and 18087(k) regulations.

  2. With the addition of the federal weekly benefit provided to families from the government, there is an adverse effect on families qualifying to participate in our program. Must we calculate the weekly amount into the equation? Or only calculate the unemployment collected and leave out the benefit?

    Any unemployment compensations received by families in the pandemic, including the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation, the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (which allows families to receive unemployment benefits for several additional weeks after they have reached maximum), the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (which is a new category of unemployment compensation for those not normally qualified to receive unemployment, e.g. self-employed and gig workers), and regular unemployment compensation are treated as countable income. This income can be treated sporadic or occasional and spread over 12 months.

  3. Do we count the federal COVID-19 stimulus payment when determining income eligibility?

    No. The Economic Impact Payment, or also known as Stimulus Payment, is considered to be a tax credit and is not counted as “income” for purposes of any federal benefits or any state benefit paid for in whole or in part with deferral funds, according to 5 CCR 18078(a)(5).

  4. If programs are open with a reduced capacity, are we still required to recertify families who are not attending in-person learning? For our program that is currently opened, is distance learning required and how much time is required? (Posted 9/25/20)

    In order for families to participate in the program, whether receiving in-person or distance learning, they must be certified. Please know that the certification/recertification process has not changed. Contact your assigned Regional consultant if you have additional questions about the certification process.

  5. Are we able to enroll a new child and allow for them to do distance learning from their first day? Are we able to enroll new families who are willing to attend in-person? How do we prioritize these children? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes, contractors may enroll new families for in-person learning, or for distance learning services, based on what the family chooses. Please refer to Management Bulletin 20-18 that speaks to how to prioritize families and we encourage that those programs who can provide in-person learning to the fullest capacity that they are allowed. A family that has presented with the option for in-person learning opportunities and still chooses to do distance learning, may do so.

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Emergency Childcare

  1. Can families still get emergency help for childcare?

    As of July 1, 2020, families cannot be enrolled in what was called "Emergency Childcare". Some families that were enrolled in Emergency Childcare may still be served until the extension funding runs out, but no new families may be enrolled. However, if families need childcare and meet eligibility and need requirements, they can be enrolled in ongoing care.

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Enrollment Reporting

  1. 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?

    The 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.

  2. We opened our program on August 24th, but some of our families have decided to keep their children home. Can we still get credit for their days of enrollment if we provide learning activities for them to do at home? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Yes, generally you will report all enrollments, regardless of attendance if you are open.

  3. We opened our program in July, so we should not report Total Enrollment, but Actual attendance? (Posted 9/15/20)

    You will report all enrollment as if you were open on the days approved on your initial program calendar, but if no children are receiving in-person learning, you will report zero attendance. Only children receiving in-person learning should be reported as attending.

  4. Our attendance is low, and our enrollment is also low. Will our payments be impacted? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Your payment will be calculated by comparing total reimbursable costs and total contract amount. If enrollment is low in Fiscal Year 2020-21, your payments will not be impacted by low enrollment.

  5. Can you address how our CSPP is being funded for 2020-2021? (Posted 9/15/20)

    For Fiscal Year 20-21, the CSPP contract amount is generally the same amount as your Fiscal Year 2019-20 contract. There are some exceptions to this, but your agency would be aware of any exceptions.

  6. Will the new attendance reporting policy be in writing? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Reporting requirements will be released through Management Bulletins. We will also update our CDNFS fiscal handbook, which will detail how to report as well.

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Essential Workers

  1. What will the group size and teacher-child ratios be for FY 2020-21?

    For in-person learning, contractors should follow the guidance of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) or your local public health authority, whichever is more stringent or smaller. The ratios are the same; the CDPH guidance speaks to group size. The CDE, ELCD is in discussion regarding the staffing ratios requirements for distance learning. Once we have come to a final determination, we will provide further guidance to the field.

  2. As a full day, center-based program, we have been closed. As we begin to enroll, do essential workers need to meet "normal" eligibility guidelines?

    According to Management Bulletin 20-14, new enrollments in Emergency Childcare cannot occur after June 30, 2020. All new enrollments for program year 2020-21 would need to meet typical need and eligibility requirements.

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Family Fees

  1. Do we charge parents September 2020 family fees?

    If the family is receiving in-person services in the month of September, then yes, the family would need to pay a September family fee.

  2. Will family fees be waived during distance learning? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Family fees will be waived for families where all children in the family enrolled in subsidized early learning and care services remain at home, either for distance learning, or families sheltering-in-place, where all children are not receiving in-person services. When the family returns to or begins in-person services, the assessed family fee would begin the first day the family indicates they will return to in-person services.

  3. Do we need to reimburse the families if they had paid fees for July? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Yes, families must be reimbursed, either through an issuance of payment or a credit. Family fees are suspended for the months of July and August. Contractors must notify families and providers that the fees for July and August have been waived.

  4. I understand that family fees were waived for July and August. However, is this only for programs that are open? (Posted 9/15/20)

    No, family fees for July and August were waived for all programs; that includes both open and closed programs.

  5. I have a family who has given us notice that they are leaving the country on 9/22/2020. Must I still notify them that they must pay the September fee? (Posted 9/25/20)

    If the family is receiving in-person services in the month of September, then yes, the family would need to pay a September family fee.

  6. Could you please verify that we will not charge fees for distance learning, until the child starts attending in person? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes, family fees that are waived for distance learning and families sheltering-in-place. This information is in SB 820, an email released to the ELCD email distribution on September 15, 2020, and will also be captured in a forthcoming Management Bulletin.

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Fiscal Reporting Forms

  1. We have a question about our Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services 8501/9500 fiscal and attendance reports. We received emergency closure credit. For the 4th Quarter report, if the contractor partially open during that time, do we add actual attendance and emergency closure credit? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Please contact your fiscal analyst for technical assistance on how to use your approval letter and report your emergency closure credits on the Child Development and Nutrition Fiscal Services 8501/9500 fiscal and attendance reports.

  2. How should direct contract programs estimate what their payments will be? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Payment will be based on the lesser of total costs reported on CDNFS report forms and the total contract amount.

  3. Should we not report attendance for children when they receive distance learning? (Posted 9/15/20)

    On the CDNFS Fiscal and Attendance report form (CDNFS 8501 or CDNFS 9500), you are correct. Only report those days of attendance in which the child is physically being served in the classroom.

  4. Will the CDNFS Form 9500 form change at all this year? (Posted 9/25/20)

    The data fields on the CDNFS report forms have remained the same. Days of attendance on the CDNFS report forms should only reflect those days in which the child was expected to physically attend the program (and can include excused absences). Do not report the days of attendance for any children participating in distant learning activities.

  5. If we had in a given month with 50 children receiving in-person learning and 50 children receiving distance learning, the number on the days of attendance is 50 X 21 days of operation in the month, multiplied by the adjusted factor? Or would the number just be just the number of children attending that month? (Posted 9/25/20)

    If you have 50 children who are receiving in-person learning and 50 children who are receiving distance learning, you will report a total of 100 child days of enrollment (per day) but would only report 50 child days of attendance (per day) for those children who were actually learning on-site. You would report those children in the appropriate time-base and age categories for adjustment factors.

  6. When will the CDNFS 2020-21 reporting forms will be made available? (Posted 9/25/20)

    The Fiscal Year 2020-21 CDNFS Fiscal and Attendance Report forms for the California State Preschool (CSPP), General Child Care (CCTR) and Migrant Child Care (CMIG) contracts will be submitted electronically through the CPARIS site. The CDNFS developed a user manual (DOCX) related to this. Please contact your Fiscal Analyst or CPARIS support if you have any questions.

  7. Do we count on the fiscal report for attendance, if the child did not attend physically? (Posted 9/25/20)

    If the child is expected to be attending in-person, the agency should follow their normal excused absence policy to determine how to report that child. If the child who is supposed to be receiving in-person learning is absent and has an excused absence per your agency's policy, then your backup documentation should indicate an excused absence for that day and that day should be counted as a day of attendance for our reporting. Children who are receiving distance learning should be counted toward enrollment, but should not be counted for attendance. If you have specific questions, please contact your assigned Regional consultant.

  8. How should we complete the 1st quarter report (CDNFS 8501) for our centers? At this time there is no attendance being taken since children are not physically attending. (Posted 9/25/20)

    You will report all enrollment as if you were open on the days approved on your initial program calendar, but if no children are receiving in-person learning, you will report zero attendance. Only children receiving in-person learning should be reported as attending.

  9. If a family is enrolled and chooses to shelter-in-place, can they be claimed Absent and therefore counted as days of operation? (Posted 9/25/20)

    If a family is choosing shelter-in-place, and participate in distance learning, they will be included in enrollment for the CDNFS reporting, but should not be counted as being in attendance.

  10. If our direct-service program is not fully enrolled, will our program reimbursement be affected? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Assuming the requirements of EC 8209 are met, enrollment and attendance will not be taken into consideration when determining reimbursement. You therefore do not need to be concerned with low enrollment this year. Reimbursement will be based on the lesser of your total contract amount and net reimbursable costs reported to CDNFS. For Fiscal Year 2020-21, contract reimbursement will be based on the lesser of contract MRA or net program costs. Therefore, enrollment will not be taken into consideration when determining contract reimbursement. Please contact your fiscal analyst regarding reimbursement amounts.

  11. We submit our program's CDNFS 8501 report quarterly. Do we need to submit it monthly now? (Posted 9/25/20)

    The reporting deadlines have not changed. If your contract indicated a clear status, your contract requirement is to report quarterly. You may choose to report monthly if you wish. If you report monthly, it must be a complete report in order for it to be accepted by CDNFS.

  12. Is there a new CDNFS 8501 form which includes FRPMP eligible children separately, or do we include them in the other categories on the 7/19 form? (Posted 9/25/20)

    As stated in MB 20-01, California State Preschool Program Free or Reduced Priced Meal Eligibility Criteria to Enroll Four year olds, the CDNFS report forms remained unchanged. Children enrolled in a CSPP on the basis of FRMP eligibility will report the days of enrollment in the appropriate adjustment factor categories for certified children. Additionally, in Fiscal Year 2020-21, 8501 reporting is now collected electronically through the CPARIS system. We have created a user manual (DOCX) with this information. Please feel free to reach out to your Fiscal analyst if you have any questions.

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Funding

  1. How will contract funds for FY 2020-21 be determined and when will contracts be released?  

    The initial contracts for CAPP, CMAP, CSPP, CCTR, CMIG, CFCC, and CHAN are based on the FY 2019-20 appropriation. As 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.

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Parent Signatures

  1. For center-based contractors, how do we collect parents' signature for daily attendance when we are doing distance learning? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Direct service contractors are being reimbursed based on enrollment, and not attendance, the contractor will not be penalized for missing signatures on the sign-in and sign-out sheets for distance learning and will be reimbursed at the lesser of 100 percent MRA, or net reimbursable program costs. Direct service contractors are required to keep records that include the activities planned for distance learning services, and the amount of time each family and child have participated in distance learning services.

  2. How will the alternative payment program contractor reimburse providers who submit attendance records without parent signatures?  (Posted 9/25/20)

    Contractors should not withhold reimbursement to providers on the basis of attendance records and/or invoices not having a parent or guardian’s signatures if the provider attempts to collect a signature on the monthly attendance record or invoice, and the parent or guardian is unable to sign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Program Quality

  1. Will DRDPs still be required for children and families? If so, which measures will be required? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Yes. DRDP is still required. Please refer to the guidance released on September 25, 2020 through the ELCD email distribution list to confirm which measures will be required.

  2. Will there be training/guidance on how to complete DRDP virtually? (CSPP) (Posted 9/15/20)

    Yes. Look forward to a training announcement through ELCD's email distribution list.

  3. For the DRDP assessment for Infant and Toddlers, how many measures will be required? (Posted 9/25/20)

    The ELCD will propose that the DRDP Essential Modified View consists of 3 domains with 16 measures for preschoolers and 13 measures for infants and toddlers. Please refer to the guidance released on September 25, 2020 through the ELCD email distribution list.

  4. When will the DRDP guidance yet be released? Should we begin the DRDP? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes, the Desired Results Developmental Profiles (DRDP) must be completed for each child enrolled in a direct-service program, including FCCHEN programs, at the intervals described in 5 CCR, Section 18272. The ELCD is released guidance to the field via its email distribution list on September 25, 2020 regarding this information.

  5. I have been trying to get some guidance around the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)'s cohort guideline of only two (2) adults per cohort. (Posted 9/25/20)

    Contractors should follow the guidance of the CDPH or your local public health authority, whichever is more stringent or smaller.

  6. Can school-age staff work in two different cohorts at two different school districts? (Posted 9/25/20)

    The CDPH guidance External link opens in new window or tab. indicates this staff flexibility is for cohorts of children that are age 5 and under. The relevant information can be found under "Considerations for Staff."

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Quality Funds

  1. 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.  
     
  2. 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.   

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Reimbursement

  1. Senate Bill 98 states that we are supposed to open by September 8th. If we are not open by then, will we be losing funding? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Please refer to the guidance in Management Bulletin 20-18.

    A contractor that does not open by September 8th, or subsequently closes, without a written state or local public health order specific to early learning or child care must submit a revised Fiscal Year 2020–21 program calendar and program narrative change to their assigned Regional consultant to ensure that the correct minimum days of operation (MDO) are included in their contract. Reimbursement will be limited to days when the program was in operation. In this case, the contract(s) will be amended to prorate the maximum reimbursement amount (MRA) based on the number of days the contractor was physically open. Senate Bill (SB) 820 amends Education Code to clarify that public health guidance would be acceptable, in addition to a state or local public health order. The SB 820 amends Education Code to clarify that public health guidance would be acceptable, in addition to a state or local public health order.

  2. Should direct contract FCCHEN programs be treated similarly to voucher programs for reimbursement purposes? (Posted 9/25/20)

    No. For purposes of reimbursement, direct contract FCCHENs are considered a direct-service program. Please reach out to your fiscal analyst if you have further questions.

  3. What is the expectation on notification of Federal Funding coming? (Posted 9/25/20)

    At the time of publishing, the CDE does not have any indications on whether or when additional federal funding will be available. Senate Bill 98 and Senate Bill 820 provide priorities for the use of any additional federal funds that may come in.

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Reopening and Closures

  1. We opened our facility for in person CSPP Part Day Program. Some of the parents who enrolled in 2020/21 are still hesitant to bring children into the center but we would like to continue with distance learning. Can we offer both (some children in-person, some remotely) and get credit for enrollment/attendance for both groups?

    As long as programs are physically open to provide care for families that would like to continue in-person services they can provide distance learning to other families that choose to shelter-in-place.

  2. If a Local Education Agency (LEA) has Full Day CSPP and CCTR classes which operated prior to COVID-19 and has been closed. If the LEA decides that it is unable to open the Full Day Classes to provide in-person learning due to Public Health orders and safety concerns, will CDE approve Distance Learning in Full Day CSPP and CCTR contracts?

    Direct contract programs, (including the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), General Child Care (CCTR), and California Migrant Child Care (CMIG)), that are operated on a LEA campus, may physically close and continue to be funded when the site is on an LEA campus which has been closed due to a local or state public health guidance or order. All enrolled children and families will engage in developmentally appropriate activities through a distance learning format. Once the LEA or the state or local public health agency decides its campus(es) are safe to reopen, the programs on the respective LEA campus(es) must physically reopen as well.

  3. If our program was able to open by September 8th, but our contract date was to start August 18th, will we still make our full contract days? Do we need to revise our calendar? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Although your program open by the required date, please do submit a revised calendar. This will allow the fiscal office to better project your contract earnings and payments. Note: This will not affect your contract amount, but will help project your earnings more effectively.

  4. Can a Superintendent give a directive to go back to in-person learning to a preschool on a LEA site, or do they have to wait for a waiver? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes. Once the LEA or the state or local public health agency decides its campus(es) are safe to reopen, the programs on the respective LEA campus(es) must physically reopen as well. A Superintendent of an LEA can give that directive, if they meet local requirements for reopening and are deemed safe.

  5. We are a CSPP program located on a LEA site. If our school district receives a waiver approval for TK-6th grade to re-open for 2 days a week, are we required to follow the waiver and open our site even if a health order is still in place? (Posted 9/25/20)

    Yes. Once the LEA OR the state or local public health agency decides its campus(es) are safe to reopen, the programs on the respective LEA campus(es) must physically reopen as well.

  6. We are an LEA and set in motion a Public Hearing already. Should we also include the community-based organizations that are closed in our Public Hearing? (Posted 9/25/20)

    If the LEA is requiring the community-based organization (CBO) programs operating on its campus to close, the public hearing should discuss the closure of the CBO(s), as well. The LEA should include a plan for allowing the CBO(s) to reopen as soon as safely possible, but no later than when LEA campuses open for in-person instruction.

  7. Who do we submit our written plan approved by our LEA School Board to? (Posted 9/25/20)

    No, you won't need to submit the plan for reopening to the CDE, although, you'll need to retain it for future requests.

  8. How do we get the state or local public health order? (Posted 9/25/20)

    You can contact either the California Department of Public Health or Local Public Health Department.

  9. How do we report days when we were closed because of evacuation and clean-up due to fires? (Posted 9/25/20)

    The ELCD is working on guidance for Non-COVID-19 emergency closures, to replace Management Bulletin 10-09, that will discuss how to report those days.

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School-Age Children

  1. I run a CCTR school-age program. Will I be reimbursed as a full-day rate even if the school-age children are participating in distance learning from the school district? (Posted 9/15/20)

    Yes, since TK-12 distance learning does not provide supervision for children, the CDE does not consider it to be scheduled instructional minutes for the purposes of reimbursing providers. 

    Therefore, a CCTR contractor can provide care to school age children based on the certified hours of care. Contractors will be reimbursed for care during the time school-age children participate in TK-12 distance learning and attending their childcare program during the typical school hours. 

    If children are participating in a hybrid model (in-person instruction and distance learning) the program will only be reimbursed for the time that children are not receiving in-person instruction.

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If you have specific questions about your program, please send questions to the ELCD emergency email box, at ELCDEmergency@cde.ca.gov

Questions:   Early Learning & Care Division | ELCDEmergency@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 25, 2020
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