President Signs Coronavirus Stimulus Package; will provide $750 million for Head Start
Today, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748) which includes $750 million for Head Start. Head Start CA will provide a more comprehensive analysis next week when details are ready. Funding will include emergency staffing needs, address added operational costs, and provide summer learning opportunities. It also includes $3.5 billion in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program (CCDBG) to support child care programs in maintaining critical operations.
COVID-19 Resources for Head Start
The health and safety of our members, their staff and their families are our primary concern. We encourage you and your staff to comply with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention CDC recommendations and take all precautionary measures, here. Below are some additional resources which will be updated as they become available.
Office of Head Start Resources:
Conference Registration Launch to be Delayed Amid Coronavirus Concerns
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Head Start California was scheduled to launch registration for our Policy & Leadership Conference (May 18-20) on Monday, March 16. We are delaying attendee and Corporate Partner registration until after the matter is discussed with the Board of Directors on March 23, 2020.
At this time, we have not made a decision about whether or not to cancel the conference. There are many unknowns at this moment.
Policy & Leadership Conference 2020: Registration opens soon!
Connecting is what we do. We humans are hard-wired to make connections, form communities, and build relationships. It’s what makes the Head Start community so strong.
We’re excited to provide an opportunity for you to connect with the Office of Head Start Region IX’s newly appointed Program Manager, Cynthia Yao. She’ll be joining us for our annual Policy Summit on May 18. This year’s Policy and Leadership Conference will convene at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento,
State Legislation Impacting Head Start on Our Radar
The 2020 legislative session is in full swing, and Feb. 21 was the final day for new bills to be introduced in the California State Legislature. Below are summaries of a few early childhood bills on our radar that impact Head Start:
AB 2594 (Aguiar-Curry) This bill would authorize the Superintendent, to the extent consistent with federal law, to waive staffing ratios established under existing state law for center-based programs that meet federal Head Start program performance standards.
Messaging Matters: Get Your Head Start Parents Involved in Census Outreach
The Census is fast approaching! Your engagement is critical. Our partnership with the First 5 Association of California and the California WIC Association is focused on counting every child aged 0-5 because:
More than a million children were not counted in 2010.
The 2020 census will impact funding and representation for the next decade.
We’ve developed a simple one-hour training for parents and are already scheduled across the state to inform, inspire, and activate as many parents as we can to help spread the word: Completing the Census is safe,
Presidents’ Day and George Washington’s Wish
After NHSA’s Winter Leadership Institute, and before my flight back to California on Jan. 31, I took two hours to walk from the hotel to the Washington Monument and back. I’ve visited a few times before, but this time I was intent upon getting a ticket and taking the elevator to the top. It was well worth it. The story of its construction was fascinating and the view from the top was impressive.
When I awoke 17 days later to Presidents’ Day,
Head Start at the Table
We are expanding our presence “at the table,” ensuring that Head Start is engaged in conversations that shape policy, legislation and regulation impacting Head Start programs.
Table 1: Early Childhood Policy Council. Members of this council will work to elevate the needs of young children and their families as well as advise lawmakers on education, care and development of young children. Head Start is well-represented by several leaders actively working in the Head Start community:
Head Start California visits lawmakers on Capitol Hill
The weather was cool, but not snowy, in our nation’s Capital last week, when 48 members of our California Head Start community participated in NHSA’s Winter Leadership Institute. Workshops covered a variety of important topics including enrollment, workforce, trauma-informed care and immigration, to name a few. On Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, our national Head Start community gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building for the congressional breakfast.
We are glad members of our California delegation were able to join us at the Head Start Congressional Breakfast,
Annual Conference 2020 Recap
Head Start California would like to thank the 2020 Annual Conference planning committee members for their remarkable job selecting the content of workshops for our 2020 Conference which inspired more than one attendee to say that this was the best HSC conference they had attended in years.
2020 Annual Conference Planning Committee Members: Billiejo LaBriola, Elizabeth Solton, Heather Eltringham, Joanne Hubbard, Sandra Gonzales-Pabon, and Christine Feenstra. If you are interested in participating in next year’s conference planning committee for our event in Anaheim,