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Preschool During the Pandemic on the COVID 19: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times

This series, Preschool During the Pandemic on the COVID 19: Early Childhood Education in Extraordinary Times, shares the experiences of practitioners and families from across the country, illustrating how the fields of early education and early childhood special education are successfully supporting preschoolers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.


DRDP Modified Essential View Forms

Infant/Toddler

Preschool

Combined Measures for Children with IFSPs or IEPs

Children with IFSPs or IEPs who are enrolled in Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) programs are required to at least complete the Modified Essential View measures and Interim DRDP for Special Education measures. This requirement ensures children with a IFSPs or IEPs receive the same parent report and are included in group reports, so that teachers can plan for all children in an inclusive environment. It also ensures that SED has the information needed to complete federal reporting.

Since some of the measures are the same, we created this list of the combined DRDP Measures Required for Children with an IEP or IFSP in ELCD Programs

ELCD programs serving children with IFSPs or IEPs (at the minimum) are required to complete this list of the combined DRDP measures when completing the DRDP. For agencies that have selected the Essential View, DRDP Online will default to the Infant/Toddler Comprehensive View or the Preschool Fundamental View respectively. The combined DRDP measures will be highlighted in green as a guide for teachers to know which measures to rate. To lock, select a rating or Unable to Rate for the other measures that are not in green.


Guidance and Resources from the California Department of Education (CDE)

Information from the California Department of Education (CDE), Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) for Executive Directors and Program Directors of All State Subsidized Early Learning and Care Programs


Resources from the Field - Have an idea? Please share it with us!

Ideas from Ms. Maranatha and Ms. Tuwe from Oakland Unified: The two preschool teachers share their class YouTube Channels. Take a look at how they reaching children and families virtually and having fun while doing it.

Leveraging Conversation: An Observation Strategy: Teachers support children's learning and development through observation and the use of data. Leveraging conversation for children is a key strategy! Watch preschool teacher, Ms. Maranataha, explain how she observes children in a virtual setting in these two video clips: Ms. Maranatha Small Group Observation (MP4) and Ms. Maranatha - A Typical Day (MP4)

Ideas from Mrs Garcia's classroom: Mrs. Lineth Garcia is a bilingual preschool teacher teaching children both virtually and in person. She has lots of great ideas to share with you!

"Mrs. Garcia creates the majority in Google docs or slides and saves them as PDFs to send to parents. Then the hyperlinks still work to redirect them to our Google Meets/videos/reminders. Since they are saved as PDFs, families cannot make changes to the actual documents."

Mrs. Garcia also creates videos of the songs, stories, and dances that she will be using in her classroom that week. Below are video examples:


Resources for Teachers and Administrators in a Virtual Environment


Resources for Teachers and Administrators Onsite


Resources to Support Child Care Providers and Programs for Reopening and Transition

CDE's Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) compiled Early Learning and Care COVID-19 Resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ELCD has established a dedicated email address to receive public inquiries related to ELCD programs and emergency concerns: ELCDEmergency@cde.ca.gov.

California for all

California for All Kid's Early Learning & Care Playbook offers help for providers and families, as well as the latest news on COVID-19 in California and how it relates to early child care and learning.

covid guidance
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) worked in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care.


Reopening for Direct Contract Programs

The CDE, ELCD understands that the rapidly changing context around the novel coronavirus pandemic poses considerable challenges to early learning and care providers. The CDE, ELCD is working on developing guidance that implements the 2020–21 Budget Act and related legislation. This notice provides information regarding the implementation of the requirement for programs to reopen.

Direct Contract Program Reopening 
The 2020–21 Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill (Senate Bill [SB] 98) requires programs operated by the contracting agency to open by September 8, 2020, or within 21 calendar days from the start date of the contracting agency’s 2020–21 program calendar approved by the department, whichever is sooner. Per SB 98, programs can only be funded to be physically closed if they are closed due to a state or local public health order. The CDE, ELCD recognizes that many direct contract programs will not be able to open for in-person early learning and care before this deadline for reasons such as site closures.

The CDE, ELCD is working on a management bulletin that will define what it means to be closed by a local or state public health order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as provided by SB 98. The MB will seek to address various situations that arise locally, including (1) orders that broadly close childcare and/or preschool programs, (2) orders that specifically close an agency’s childcare and/or preschool program, and (3) situations where a direct contract program is operated by or on the campus of a local educational agency (LEA). The CDE, ELCD will also be issuing additional guidance addressing what distance learning means and what must be addressed in the distance learning plan required by SB 98.

Until the CDE, ELCD has released this MB, direct contract programs, including the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), General Child Care (CCTR), and California Migrant Child Care (CMIG), that are operated by a LEA or operate on a LEA campus, including community-based organizations that operate on a LEA campus, may physically close and continue to be funded when the LEA site has determined it may not open. This guidance includes only programs operating on a LEA campus. Other program models not on a LEA campus must remain open unless these programs have been directed to close by a state or local public health department per situations numbers 1 and 2 above. Any ELC program or program component that closes as a result of these conditions must provide distance learning for enrolled children and families.

Once the LEA or the state or local public health agency decides its campus(es) are safe to reopen, the programs on the respective LEA campus(es) must physically reopen as well.

In addition, both LEA and non-LEA direct contract programs have the ability to revise their program calendars due to situations where they are unable to open within 21 calendar days of their operating calendar, and where the closure is not due to a state or local public health order. If a direct contract program is closed for a reason other than a state or local public health order, the program must reopen by September 8, pursuant to SB 98. Revised program calendars do not need to be submitted at this time; the forthcoming MB will include detailed guidance on calendar revisions as applicable.

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact your assigned Program Quality Implementation Regional Consultant on the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp .

 


Upcoming Guidance and Family Fees

The CDE, ELCD would like to thank local partners and programs for all of your efforts in supporting children and families during this incredibly difficult time. We acknowledge each and every one of you who are continuing to support the children and families of California. Whether you are currently open, preparing to open, or preparing for distance learning, the ELCD acknowledges your need for guidance at this time. We appreciate your efforts and continue to work with the Legislature and the Administration in order to provide the direction you need.

To address concerns regarding the collection of family fees in a variety of situations, the CDE, ELCD engaged with the Legislature and the Administration on a solution to waive family fees for July and August 2020. Further, the CDE understands the Administration and Legislature plan to address the fee cost in August Budget Actions.

Contractors must immediately suspend collecting any family fees for the month of August and must notify families and providers that the fees for July and August have been waived, pursuant to the Superintendent’s authority provided by Education Code Section 8209. In addition, contractors should not disenroll families for non-payment of family fees until further guidance is released from the CDE. This guidance will address family fees for emergency childcare, distance learning, reimbursing families for paid fees, reimbursing providers for fees not collected, and other issues.

In addition, we understand the urgent need for information and appreciate your patience as we work hard to implement Management Bulletins (MBs) based on the Fiscal Year 2020–21 Budget Act.

As a reminder, the CDE will be releasing MBs for direction and guidance covering the following topics:

  • Direct contract programs–regarding distance learning, Desired Results Developmental Profiles (DRDPs), contract reimbursement, and related issues
  • Alternative Payment & Data–regarding provider payment and data collection requirements
  • Resource and Referrals (R&Rs) and Local Planning Councils (LPCs)–regarding data collection requirements and supply distribution
  • Family Fees – regarding family fees for children that are distance learning and addressing family fees paid for July and August.

Please visit our Early Learning and Care Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web page for the latest updates at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/covid19elcdfaq.asp.

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact your assigned Program Quality Implementation Regional Consultant on the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp.

 


Guidance for Serving School-Age Children During Distance Learning 

The CDE, ELCD would like to thank local partners and programs for all of your efforts in supporting children and families during this incredibly difficult time. We acknowledge each and every one of you who are continuing to support the children and families of California. Whether you are currently open, preparing to open, or preparing for distance learning, the ELCD acknowledges your need for guidance at this time. We appreciate your efforts and continue to work with the Legislature and the Administration in order to provide the direction you need. 

The ELCD knows that many school districts are beginning the school year with distance learning; therefore, school-age children need care during their parent’s work hours. The ELCD also knows that questions have arisen about how to interpret California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), section 18076.2, which does not allow CalWORKs Stage 2 (C2AP), CalWORKs Stage 3 (C3AP), California Alternative Payment Program (CAPP), California Migrant Alternative Payment Program (CMAP), and Family Child Care Home Education Network (CFCC) contractors to reimburse providers during “scheduled instructional minutes” of a public or private educational program that the child is enrolled and attending. 

Since K-12 distance learning does not provide supervision for children, the CDE does not consider it to be scheduled instructional minutes for the purposes of reimbursing providers. 

Therefore, providers shall be reimbursed for care during the time a school-age child is participating in K-12 distance learning and attending their childcare program or provider during the typical school hours. 

If the child is participating in a hybrid model (in-person instruction and distance learning) the provider may only be reimbursed for the time that the child is not receiving in-person instruction.

Contractors are responsible for budgeting their contract funds to ensure providers will be reimbursed for an increase in the cost of care associated with school-age children that are participating in distance learning. 

The ELCD will be revising Management Bulletin (MB) 20-15 to include this clarification. Until that MB is released, the guidance in this listserv should be utilized when making payments to providers.

Please visit our Early Learning and Care Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) website for the latest updates at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/covid19elcdfaq.asp.

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact your assigned Program Quality Implementation Regional Consultant on the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments website at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp.


Subject: Guidance for Completing the Desired Results Developmental Profile for Fiscal Year 2020–21

Attention: Executive and Program Directors of CDE State Subsidized Early Learning and Care Direct Service Programs
The CDE, ELCD would like to thank local partners and programs for all your efforts in supporting children and families during this incredibly difficult time. We acknowledge each and every one of you who are continuing to support the children and families of California. Whether you are currently physically open, preparing to physically open, or offering early learning and care (ELC) distance learning, the ELCD acknowledges your need for guidance at this time. We appreciate your efforts and have been working hard with Administration to provide the direction you need.

DRDP Implementation Fiscal Year 2020–21
Focusing on children’s development is more important than ever as teachers, caregivers, and programs support children’s learning and development this year. The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) provides a valuable framework for observing and reflecting on children’s progress to monitor their social-emotional and cognitive development during this difficult, and for some, potentially traumatic time, while watching for learning loss and supporting children and their families.

Per California Code of Regulations, Title 5, (5 CCR) Section 18272, the DRDP is a required tool for all direct service programs providing subsidized ELC services. The 5 CCR requirements have not been waived for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020–21, therefore, the DRDP continues to be required for all direct service programs providing ELC services, whether those services are provided in-person or via distance learning. For FY 2020–21, in light of the difficulties programs and teachers are facing due to the pandemic, ELCD will not be monitoring this year to the 60-day requirement set forth in 5 CCR Section 18272(b) and outlined in Management Bulletin (MB) 15-03. ELCD will allow contractors up to 90 days from the time of a child’s enrollment, to complete the DRDP. In addition, ELCD is allowing all programs to utilize a modified version of the DRDP, the DRDP Modified Essential View, which consists of fewer measures. (See MB 16-06 for additional information on the DRDP Essential View.)

The DRDP Modified Essential View consists of three (3) domains with 16 measures for preschoolers and 13 measures for infants and toddlers. These measures are those that can be observed through virtual interactions and designed to ease the reporting requirements on teachers. The measures that are not in the DRDP Modified Essential View still provide valuable information, and teachers are encouraged to complete additional measures when possible. For dual language learners, a minimum of the DRDP Modified Essential view plus the four (4) English Language Development measures is required. For school-age children, the Desired Results Developmental Profile–School-Age (DRDP-SA), consisting of 13 measures, is still required. As always, teachers are encouraged to work closely with families to support children’s development. Gathering family perspectives about their child’s development and behavior provides important and valid data and facilitates partnering to support children’s learning and development. Guidance, training, and additional resources are available on the Desired Results website at https://www.desiredresults.us/.

Guidance on requirements for providers serving children with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) is provided by the Special Education Division at CDE. The federal government has not waived any requirements for assessment under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and as such, DRDP requirements are less flexible for children with disabilities. Special educators will complete the Interim DRDP for Special Education, either the Preschool or Infant/Toddler version. This interim DRDP has 23 measures for preschool (including earlier development measures) and 20 measures for infants and toddlers, covering all domains of the DRDP except English Language Development for preschool. Supplemental guidance, interim rating records, and additional resources are available on the Desired Results and Access Project website at www.draccess.org. (Note: When children are served by both ELCD and SED programs, the teachers and specialists are to collaborate on one assessment following the more stringent timeline, and handle DRDP data according to the requirement of each Division.)

During this time, all children’s learning and development is expected to look different from previous years. The DRDP will provide teachers with the information they need to refine their practice—both in person and virtually—to best meet the needs of the children they serve. Additionally, teachers’ observations and assessments will provide critical information about children’s learning and development during the pandemic.  All observations and data provided will contribute to the state’s understanding of how California’s children are faring, which will in turn provide insights to guide decisions about how to support children and provide needed assistance to their teachers and caregivers.

The DRDP Modified Essential View
The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) Modified Essential View, its 3 domains with 16 measures for Preschoolers, 13 measures for Infant and Toddlers, and four (4) Conditional Measures for English Language Development, are below:

drdp essential modified view

*Added to Essential Modified View to be used in place of Relationships and Interactions with Peers since interactions with peers would be difficult to assess through distance learning. Use of either measure would result in a domain report for parents.

As additional questions regarding the implementation of the DRDP arise, these questions and our guidance for them will be added to our ELC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) website at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/covid19elcdfaq.asp.

If you have questions regarding the information in this email, please contact your assigned Program Quality Implementation Office Regional Consultant on the ELCD Consultants Regional Assignments website at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/assignments.asp.

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