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California Alliance of Caregivers Participate in Child Care Conference Panels

November 5, 2017

Jenn Rexroad, with California Alliance of Caregivers, brings the caregiver perspective to Emergency Child Care Bridge panels at the California Alternative Payment Program Association Conferences & California Child Development Administrators Association in October & November.

The Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children was established in the 2017/2018 budget. An All County Letter was released on October 27, 2017 describing the program that counties may opt into in order to support relative and non-relative caregivers of children in foster care. See ACL 17-109.

The Emergency Child Care Bridge Program has three components: child care vouchers, a Navigator, and trauma-informed training for child care providers. The Navigator position is the heart of this program and has enormous potential for system change. Ideally, this position would be a highly informed resource for foster parents to quickly locate the best child care option for the children in their care and be able to locate resources for immediate and long term child care solutions. The child care and child welfare communities realize that this program will take time to be successfully implemented. All partners will need to patiently work out expected obstacles. It is important to remember the reason why the Legislature established this program – to benefit vulnerable children! They are worth the time and effort it will take to make the Bridge Program work for children and their families.