• Head Start California Updates
    New State Blueprint and Guidance

    Governor Newsom released a new Blueprint for a Safer Economy noting that “COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and that we all need to adapt and live differently to get through this”. The Blueprint provides a uniform framework of four Tiers based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and will be used to guide progression of opening businesses and activities. In accompanying documents posted by California Department of Public Health,

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  • Head Start California Updates
    New Census Timeline

    Census data collection & self-response close on Sept. 30
    On Aug. 3, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would not be moving forward with its COVID adjusted timeline and instead would continue with an accelerated timeline to deliver apportionment counts to the President by Dec. 31, 2020.
    This means that the U.S. Census Bureau will end field data collection by Sept. 30, 2020. Self-response options will also close on that date to permit the commencement of data processing.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    Census Summer is Here!

    Get involved & help ensure the 0-5 population is counted
    The Urban Institute estimates that as many as 792,000 California residents may be undercounted in 2020. In the 2010 Census, children aged 0-5 were the most underrepresented population. Families and communities most likely to be left out of the count are once again at risk of losing critical resources that are allocated based on the 2020 Census. This makes completing the count a crucial task of child care providers.

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  • Head Start California Updates
    Announcing: The HSC 2020-21 Board of Directors

    Congratulations to the newly elected officers of your Head Start California Board of Directors! 
    President, Stacey Scarborough
    Early Head Start Director and Chief Human Resources Officer
    Venice Family Clinic 
     
    Vice President, Debbie Peralez
    Executive Director
    Child Start, Inc. 
     
    Treasurer, Brian Heese
    Executive Director
    Northern California Child Development, Inc. 
     
    Secretary, Angel Barrios
    Executive Director
    Institute for Human & Social Development, Inc. 
     
    Transitions 
    Board President Stacey Scarborough thanked several members who concluded their board terms: Erendira Guerera, 

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    2020-21 State Budget Signed

    Nearly 500 letters sent to Gov. Newsom to urge adoption of Legislature’s budget
    The Governor and Legislature reached a final budget deal this week, protecting child care provider reimbursement rates and including additional protections to keep child care thriving as the essential service it is now and always will be. On June 30, Governor Newsom signed the 2020-21 state budget which protects many existing investments in children, families and care providers.
    AB 77 and SB 98 are the budget trailer bills for education financing,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    HSC Members Go Virtual for State & Federal Advocacy Days

    Child Care & End Child Poverty in CA- Virtual Advocacy Days
    On June 4, Head Start California partnered with the California Alternative Payment Program Association, End Child Poverty CA and the CA Food Bank Association to host a virtual advocacy day. We came together as a group of over 250 advocates where we learned, advocated and briefed over 50 legislative offices on our state policy and budget overview that will keep families fed, housed, and cared for.

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  • The Learning Library
    Do You Know “The Four”?

    “They look to the Captain.” When keynote speaker Galen Emanuele said this during our Managers and Directors Institute May 19-20, it really struck me. It reminded me of the reading I had done while working in the world of K-12 education over the last 30 years. I found the research of Robert Marzano compelling, accessible, an actionable. One of his many contributions to the field was in the area of leadership and change. He identified 21 different leadership responsibilities and correlated the impact of these on school change processes.

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  • Event News
    MDI 2020: Thanks for helping to make our first virtual conference a success!

    Head Start California’s first ever Virtual Managers & Directors Institute held this past month was a huge success, thanks to you, our Head Start Leaders. Nearly 500 Head Start Managers and Directors made the pivot to virtual with HSC! It was an exciting two days of workshops, Q&A time with speakers, a live stream session and several interactive opportunities. We are so thankful and happy that you joined us!
    We are especially grateful to the more than one dozen speakers who provided content on short notice as we hurried to assemble workshops centered on COVID-19,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    State Budget Update: Senate democrats oppose $14 billion in budget cuts

    Alternate funding approach proposed, preserving childcare and education spending
    California Senate Democrats are poised to reject $14 billion in budget cuts proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom earlier this month, choosing instead to craft a spending plan that looks for other ways to erase the state’s deficit and assumes additional money for schools and social services will come from the federal government by early September.
    The proposal relies on an alternate approach to Newsom’s plea for additional funds from President Trump and Congress,

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  • Advocacy and Policy News
    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.

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