2017-2018 State Budget is Good News for Children and Parents.

$25 million to update income guidelines and adopt twelve-month eligibility!

Funding for 2,959 full day state preschool slots administered by Local Education Agencies.  If they don’t spend the money, it can be used by non-LEAs for part-time preschool

Restore the 5% “paused” increase to this year’s Standard Reimbursement Rate paid to contracted child care centers and preschools on July 1, 2017 as part of last year’s multi-year agreement, and provide an additional 6.16% increase for this year July 1, 2017

$42.2 million to increase the Regional Market Rate Reimbursement to child care providers serving low-income families

Annualizes last year’s increase, and updates the rate to the 2016 Regional Market Rate Survey, effective January 1, 2018

$15 million to fund emergency child care for foster children, beginning Jan 1, 2018 and $31 million ongoing to establish a voluntary county program that would provide emergency vouchers and $5 Million to the R&R’s for navigation services for families

NOTE: Title 22 regulations and staffing ratios still apply to LEA-administered preschools until July 1, 2018. The State is to establish a stakeholder group, led by the Legislative Analysts Office, to examine health and safety regulatory requirements under Title 22, and to report back to the Legislature by March 2018.

Attention Providers and Parents

The new vaccination law will require most of California’s children to be fully vaccinated in order to attend any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center, regardless of their parent’s personal or religious beliefs. 

Senate Bill 277: Public Health: Vaccinations would prohibit private or public child care centers from admitting children unless they are immunized against the following ten (10) childhood diseases:

(1) Diphtheria, (2) Hepatitis B, (3) Haemophilus influenzae type b, (4) Measles, (5) Mumps, (6) Pertussis (whooping cough), (7) Poliomyelitis, (8) Rubella, (9) Tetanus, and (10) Varicella (chickenpox).

Exemptions will only be given for medical reasons and children enrolled in a home-based private school or independent study program. The medical exemption, written statement by a licensed physician, must indicate the specific physical condition of the child, and the nature and probable duration of the medical condition for which the physician does not recommend immunization.

Parents can still submit a personal belief exemption until January 1, 2016 and it shall remain until the child advances to the next “grade span” or changes schools.  For purposes of childcare, a personal belief exemption will remain with the child until the child transitions into kindergarten.  Parents who submit a personal belief exemption should be informed that the exemption will not be honored once the child leaves the current childcare facility to attend kindergarten.


Six Workshops upcoming 2017-2018, contracted providers must attend at least TWO

Upcoming Provider Workshops for 2017-2018

Contracted provider must attend at least two of these trainings

Day and Time to be announced

Call RCCS at 869.3613 for more information

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gold resolution on 40th

Sonoma County Supervisors present Gold Resolution to RCCS on the occasion of our 40th anniversary
Sonoma Country Board of Supervisors Gold Resolution presentation to RCCS

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RCCS programs report for funding year 2015 2016

Read our Programs Report for FY 2015-2016

Read our 2015 2016 Programs Report

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zika information for child care centers and all child care providers

What  Child Care Providers Need to Know About Zika Virus

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zika information for parents and guardians

What  Parents and Guardians Need to Know About Zika Virus

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