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Provider stipends, rate reform, and grants for development and infrastructure are beginning to take effect as part of
the budget trailer bill signed by the governor in July. The historic child care investments are thanks to an agreement between the State of California and Child Care Providers United (CCPU), along with the tireless of work of resource and referral agencies and advocacy groups.
Eligible child care providers recently received one-time stipends through the State of California as part of the recent bill..
Providers who had subsidized children enrolled in the CalWORKs Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, FCCHEN, Alternate Payment, Essential Worker, and Bridge programs during the month of March 2021 were eligible to receive $600 per subsidized child.
All licensed child care facility operators who held a license on June 25, 2021 are eligible to receive a one-time licensed stipend based on facility type and license capacity as follows:
• $3,500 per family child care home
• $3,500 per child care center with a maximum capacity of
14 children or less
• $4,000 per child care center with a maximum capacity of
15-24 children
• $5,000 per child care center with a maximum capacity of
25-60 children
• $6,500 per child care center with a maximum capacity
that exceeds 60 children
Providers were due to receive the payment through direct deposit October 12th or October 13th. Those who do not have a direct deposit set-up will be receiving the stipend as a check mailed to the address on file. Providers will not receive stipends for any private pay children.
Questions regarding the stipends can be directed to Provider Payments.
• For Stage 2, Stage 3, FCCHEN, Alternative Payment, and Essential Worker programs, email [email protected]
• For Stage 1 and Bridge programs, email
[email protected]
Reimbursement Rate Changes
Effective Jan. 1, 2022, licensed providers will be reimbursed at 75% of the 2018 Regional Market Rate survey (previous rate was at 75% of the 2016 RMR survey). License-exempt providers will be reimbursed at 70% of the licensed family child care home rate, including full and part-time categories. To support Family Child Care Providers, $289 million in one-time funding will be allocated by CCPU, which has
the discretion to determine how funding will be used to supplement rates. Funding in the amount of $188 million will be used to address inequities between the SRR and RMR for center-based child care providers.
Extension of COVID-19 Policies
An additional 16 paid non-operational days for COVID-19 related child care closures are available for use between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.
Continued Hold Harmless Policy specifies that providers will be paid based on the maximum certified hours of care, rather than attendance, from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
Signature Waiver: Contractors must reimburse providers who submit an attendance record or invoice.
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