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As child care teachers and caregivers, we make it possible every day for parents to get to work, and for young children to start kindergarten ready to learn and thrive. We make a big difference for the children and families who rely on us, and for our communities.

Now we have the chance to make a big difference for more people.

The California Department of Education’s Early Education and Support Division (EESD) is making revisions to their child care regulations to make our work better for families and child care workers. Furthermore, they want to hear from experts—people such as you—before the Jan. 9, 2017, deadline.

We will be hosting two calls Wednesday, Jan. 4, to collect input, experiences and suggestions on improvements that need to be made.

A call in English will be at 6:30 p.m. and a call in Spanish will be at 7:30 p.m.

To participate, use the following call-in information:

  • Number: 888-273-3658
  • Call Code: 9833263
  • Security Code: 2016

This is an important opportunity to weigh in on how state guidelines can be changed, cleared up, or made more consistent to help providers do your work better.

Topics include:

  • Timelines of payment reimbursement—new federal rules say that providers must be paid within 21 days of submitting completed invoice;
  • Notice of family changes that impact provider payment;
  • Policies that would help ensure you receive accurate payments;
  • Recommendations about standardizing Family Child Care Networks
  • Recommendations about how the state can set rates that truly reflect providers’ ability to meet health, safety, quality and staffing requirements including meeting the increasing minimum wage rates for assistants;
  • Background checks now should be transferable—meaning that once a person has cleared a background check, any provider should be able to hire without running a new check;
  • Rules on overtime pay—how policies can better compensate providers for evening and weekend care;
  • Delinking provider reimbursement from child attendance so that you don’t lose money when children are occasionally absent;
  • and more!

Can’t make the call? We still need to hear from you about these and other topics.

After our calls, we will summarize provider input and send back to you with instructions on how you can submit these and any other feedback to the state Department of Education by January 9, 2017.

Thanks for speaking out.

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