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Advocacy Opportunities

CCDAA Advocacy Day, Jan 24
Sacramento CA – Register here

ESSA State Plan Stakeholder Meetings, Feb 6-10
Various locations - Click here to register

The California Department of Education (CDE), in partnership with select county offices of education, is convening stakeholder meetings to inform the development of California’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan. The purpose of these meetings is to present the policy decisions California needs to make in order to develop its ESSA State Plan, and gather feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders on the options the State could pursue in order to address those policy decisions.


CHSA reaction to Gov. Brown's budget proposal

On January 10, Governor Brown’s budget proposal was released. The last 72 hours have seen a lot of quick analysis with a wide range of early childhood care and education agencies and advocates adding their voice to the reaction.

There seems to be agreement across the field that the Federal landscape is uncertain, and caution in the face of decreasing state revenue seems prudent. Yet:
• There is tremendous unmet need – thousands of children in poverty don’t have access to quality care.
• Current funding levels are still below pre-recession levels.
• Research has told us: investing in early childhood education and care is good for children, families, the workforce and the economy.

We must break free of boom and bust budgeting, and develop funding for early childhood investment that is sufficient, sustainable, and guaranteed. The California Head Start Association joins the early childhood community in encouraging Governor Brown and state legislators to protect - and invest in - the most vulnerable members of California: infants and children.” - Christopher Maricle, Executive Director

Year-to-Year 2017-18 January Proposed Budget


New Head Start Performance Standards

On Thursday September 1, the Office of Head Start released the New Head Start Performance Standards. The document is long; and it is a lot to digest. But its intent seems clear: “… to capitalize on the advancements in research, available data, program input, public comment, and these recommendations in order to accomplish the critical goal of helping Head Start reach its full potential so more children reach kindergarten ready to succeed.” That is a noble goal – and one to which the entire Head Start community has always aspired. Aligning current programs to these new standards will take time. But if it leads to better outcomes form more children and families, it will be time well spent. Learn more here


SB 792 Vaccination resources

Many Head Start grantees have requested assistance with resources and information regarding Senate Bill 792 vaccination requirements. CHSA - with the assistance of California Head Start State Collaboration Office – has gathered some resources to help local agencies with this requirement. Learn more on CHSA’s Policies and Updates page under “Licensing.”


New Child Care Licensing Resources

The Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has developed more than forty videos – each just a few minutes in length. These well-designed videos address a wide range of topics and are organized into three sections: Parents and Families, Child Care Providers, and Child Care Center Operators. These videos are informational, educational and are an excellent training tool for new employees and a refresher for current employees. For an easy online learning experience on Child Care Licensing, grab some popcorn and go to https://ccld.childcarevideos.org/


Crosswalk of Requirements for Infant/Toddler Teachers

OHS no longer determining state level equivalency for national CDA requirements. Instead, OHS recently invited CHSA to assist grantees by creating a crosswalk between the California Associate Teacher Permit for infant/toddler teachers and the CDA. A team of CHSA board members recently completed this analysis: CDA equivalency in California for infant toddler teachers.


New Resource Aligning Title 5, Title 22 and OHS Standards

We are pleased to share a new resource that aligns Title 5, Title 22 and related Head Start Performance Standards. This was compiled by a work group of the California Head Start State Collaboration Office, in partnership with the California Head Start Association. We unveiled the document at CHSA’s recent Education Conference in Riverside, and are now making it available online:

We are grateful to the many people who contributed to this document, including members of the Head Start/CCL Workgroup, staff at the CCL Division of the State Department of Social Services, staff at the OHS Region IX Office, Keesha Woods at LACOE, various Head Start program directors, and CDE’s Early Education and Support Division.


Legislative Victory for Toddler Programs

Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 762 (Mullin) into law. This new statute will extend the age of the toddler program option to 36 months effective January 1, 2016. The age range for the optional toddler program component will be 18 to 36 months. While the extension of toddler option only represents part of our legislation as originally introduced, it will serve to bridge the gap in care for centers serving toddlers, providing much needed flexibility and supporting continuity of care for our children. We are delighted with this new law, even as we continue to work on our longer term vision of an integrated, birth to age five license. CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

The AB 762 document page: Visit