Any contractor with the California Department of Education or the Department of Social Services or a subcontractor of either Department is qualified for Membership if there is a direct contractual relationship with the California Department of Education or the Department of Social Services or a subcontractor of either Department for the administration of an alternative payment program or CalWORKs.
CAPPA membership fees are based on your total your MRA (fiscal year 2015-2016) from agency programs.
Dear CAPPA Member,
This year like no other, our programs appear poised for an infusion of funding and growth! After several years of devastating cuts and the elimination of over 110,000 child care slots, real conversations and active advocacy have elevated rates, an increase to the State Median Income (SMI) for current year, slots and delivery infrastructure as priorities for funding. On top of all of that, the Joint Legislative Women’s Caucus has picked up the torch on our issues and is actively pursuing an $800 million investment of our issues.
To help CAPPA maximize the most advantageous outcomes for our programs, your CAPPA Board of Directors is in the midst of pursing an aggressive advocacy agenda. The agenda includes: ● Advocacy for adequately funding agencies not solely based on reimbursements to providers that are “put out the door” in form of a child care payment; ● Advocacy to secure onetime funding that agencies can access to improve technology and infrastructure and better support families; ● Co-sponsorship of AB 1712 (Obernolte) to allow centers the same option as agencies to use digital signatures; ● Strong support of legislation for 12-month re/eligibility determination periods coupled with a dramatic reduction of burdensome reporting requirements imposed on parents; ● Strong support of legislation to increase the SMI for families to income out at the 85percent of the current year; and ● working with the California Department of Education towards realizing a funding stream for contractors that does not warrant them ever having to make the choice of securing loans or bridge funding between released allocations.
But we cannot make all of this happen without your membership dues.
In addition to the above, CAPPA puts out the CAPPA Monday Morning e-newsletter50 weeks per year. We have developed an expansive website dedicated to supporting our field with up-to-date information on coalition advocacy, partnership opportunities, budget and legislation, agency best practices, and more. CAPPA also supports you by representing agency specific, and child care and early learning information to individual legislators, committees, state departments, and to a host of stakeholders including the California Chamber of Commerce, First 5, Early Education and Support Division of CDE, California welfare departments, and many more. Finally, the CAPPA staff support agencies with transfers of one times monies between agencies in different counties thus maximizing the number of families that can be served in a contract year; peer-to-peer communications allowing for the sharing and networking of information in our electronic world; and personal attention to help remedy a number of issues agencies encounter via the everyday operations of supporting families.
Additionally, a built-in benefit of being a CAPPA member is having CAPPA staff located in Sacramento. Because of this, CAPPA can immediately provide our agencies a voice and presence before Federal and State agencies, legislators, policy committees and their staffs’, as well as with our sister organizations, county and county welfare systems, and broader organizations. However, it is only with your support and participation as a member that makes it all work!
Given the number of programs in California and the numbers of families that are served by our programs it is vitally important that CAPPA continue to be a strong and consistent voice for our programs and for the families and children that our programs support. To help ensure CAPPA and its members continue to be effective and instrumental in shaping and maximizing the services to our families, renewal of your membership is key.
With your continued support CAPPA will continue to deliver all of the above in addition to:
On behalf of our 2015-2016 board members and our new infusion of 2016-2017 board members, we the CAPPA Board and as your colleague in the field, ask that you join us again to support CAPPA with your membership and your participation. The real strength of CAPPA comes from a membership that is united, a strong voice that reflects our community realities and a commitment from each member to help our families and programs advocate effectively through CAPPA.