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Federal, State, and Local Budget and Policy Update May 15, 2020
National State of the Child Care Field Nationally (per NAEYC): Nearly half of respondents report that their center is completely closed 17% are closed to everyone except children of essential personnel Of the remaining programs, only 3% are operating without modified rule There also meaningful differences across settings: 50% of child care centers report they are completely closed, compared to 27% of family child care homes. 85% of respondents reported that they were operating at less than 50% of their enrollment capacity, and the majority of those— 65%—were operating at less than 25% of capacity. 53% of child care centers and 25% of family child care homes have applied for the PPP loan.
CA State of the Child Care Field A recent survey of 2, 000 providers by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment found that 63% of programs that are open would not survive another month of sheltering-in-place, absent financial assistance from the government. Twenty-three percent would need stimulus money if they have to close for any length of time, and 14% of the ones that are already closed said that if they don’t get significant emergency relief, they would have to shut their doors permanently after May 30
Alameda County State of the Child Care Field
New Operational Context: Family Child Care
New Operational Context: Centers
CA State of Child Care FIeld
Governor’s May Revise Overview
Governor’s May Revise ECE Overview: More Than $590 million slash
Governor’s May Revise ECE Overview
Governor’s May Revise ECE Overview
Some Family Child Care Policy Recommendations Include Non-essential families asap Teacher to Child Ratio: Return the new emergency 1: 10 ratio to the original 1: 6 ratio for preschoolers Financial Closure Support Testing Support Health Care Assistance Guidelines and Training Legal Assistance Financial Aid Application Assistance
Policy: COVID-19 in Master Plan & Every Child CA Budget Priorities Recommendations for Title 5 Contracted Subsidized Child Care Centers (CDE) Continue to fully fund contracted child care centers at their existing funding levels to hold them harmless for the duration of reduced group size and staffing ratio requirements. Provide resources and referrals to families who had been previously enrolled in these programs to allow them to seek alternate care as their service will be disrupted due to smaller group size. Adopt a 12: 1 child to staff ratio for preschool with the ability to have multiple, stable groups in a classroom if there is a partition. Most classrooms are designed to accommodate 24 children, so this will help centers provide services closer to usual capacity. Maintain current service level for families. It is unlikely that family situations will improve enough to disqualify eligibility considering the nation’s declining economy and millions of people out of work. Contractors should be allowed to carry over 2019 -20 eligibility into the 2020 -21 fiscal year so parents can maintain their current level of service. In addition, reports in decreases in income should be allowed in order to reduce family fees
Reopening Policy: Title 22/Voucher Centers Adopt a Crisis Operation Factor to apply to the Regional Market Rate to mitigate group size and staffing ratio reductions for providers serving children who receive a subsidy voucher. We recommend a 0. 5 factor to be applied to the RMR ceiling based on the percent loss. Offer Bridge Grants to help centers cover costs during a six-month transition period. It is estimated that providers will reopen at 25% of operating capacity, and it will take six months or longer to return to the pre-COVID-19 sector average of 70% of capacity. If current group size and staffing ratio restrictions persist, maximum capacity will be capped at 50% to 55% of pre-COVID-19 levels. In addition to spending required to comply with enhanced social distancing and resulting smaller enrollments, providers must also expend increased operating costs such as higher staffing costs and cleaning supplies (e. g. extra gloves, masks, disinfectants). These additional expenses will continue for at least an interim period when the immediate crisis is over, and many temporary regulations may be permanently adopted until a vaccine is available. Consider the gradual easing of restrictions on ratios, group sizes and the intermingling of groups in parallel with the gradual opening of businesses and the economy. This will provide necessary child care support to workers as they go back to work while easing the financial burden on child care centers and helping centers return to sustainable operations. Restart grants. Grants provide funding to support reopening costs for licensed centers and family child care homes, including funds to: recruit teachers into the early care workforce and train them about new health and safety protocols; complete deep cleaning of facilities; and purchase supplies to support a healthy and safe environment (personal protective equipment, thermometers, disinfectants).
Federal: Child Care Relief. org
Federal Funds for Child Care—CLASP Estimates $9. 6 billion Monthly Needed
Where Will the ECE Field Land?