Provider Resources

Welcome to the Provider Resources Page! If there are any resources you’d like to see here or if you have something to share, send an email to communications@seiu99.org. Click or tap the topics to see more.

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In our profession, often times the collective experience of our fellow providers is the best source of information. If you’re on Facebook, join the conversation with fellow child care providers about anything and everything related to our profession and make new connections. This is a closed member-only group.

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If you need work-related assistance from or if you have a question, SEIU Local 99’s Member Resource Center is here to help. Go to seiu99.org/help/earlyed to see ways to get help.

Did you know our contracts contain answers to many work-related questions? If you think your issue is contract-related, read your contact first.

SEIU Local 99 benefits are programs and services offered to all members. To view all member benefits visit www.seiu99.org/members/perks-benefits/

Child Care Licensing

The Child Care Licensing Program strives to provide preventive, protective, and quality services to children in care by ensuring that licensed facilities meet established health and safety standards through monitoring facilities, providing technical assistance, and establishing partnerships with providers, parents, and the child care community. Questions regarding the Program can be directed to your local Regional Office, the Child Care Advocate Program (916-654-1541), or the Centralized Complaint and Information Bureau.

Visit CDSS-CCL.

Quarterly Updates

Every quarter (January-March, April-June, July-September, October-December) Licensing releases an informational update for child care providers. These bilingual (English, Spanish) bulletins contains safety tips, upcoming changes to regulations, notices about licensing inspections, and more.

Read the latest edition.

Provider Information Notices (Pins)

When the state makes changes to licensing regulations, like the Mandatory Abuse Reporter training requirement, Licensing will issues a notices to inform providers. These notices are also available in Spanish.

Read the latest PINs.

After Community Care Licensing, Resource and Referral Agencies are the most important group providers work with. The California Department of Education issues contracts (funds and agreements) to R& R’s to hire providers who then offer care to children eligible for subsidy. They can also help private pay families find care in their neighborhoods. Unfortunately, we often have to jump through many hoops to find the right person to talk to about payment or contracting issues, greatly impacting our livelihoods. Sometimes there can be arbitrary and unfair treatment at the hands of R&R agencies.

That’s where we come in. When hundreds of providers come together — agencies listen. Through 15 years of organizing, we’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to ensure we are paid on time and treated with respect. Here are a few places you can find help.

Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD)

ELCD Consultants provide assistance and answer questions about early education and support. Consultants vary by region. Find your contact.

CDSS Contractor/Agency Contact Info

CDSS Child Care Bulletins

2023 Child Care Bulletins

2024 Child Care Bulletins 

Child Care and Development Programs

The California Department of Education offers information about how child care slots are funded in the state. They are a mix of federal, state, and local funding sources.

Read more.

Forms/Records to Keep in Your Family Child Care Home

At your home inspection, your Licensing Program Analyst will also review all the required forms and information that you must keep on file in your home, as applicable. Have them readily available at the time of your pre-licensing visit so your Licensing Program Analyst can discuss them with you. Records must be kept for three years.

Read more

Laws, Regulations, and Requirements

Child care centers, R&Rs, Alternative Payment (APs), and in-home family child care are all regulated by guidelines set forth by the state and regulated by the California Department of Education. This includes many parts of the California Education Code but most significantly Title V and Title XXII. Title V outlines rules for programs like CalWorks 1 & 2, federal grants, and more. Title XXII outlines regulations and requirements for our license.

Read more.

The CCPU Health Care Fund Reimbursement Program, also known as CCPU Health, was created to assist eligible child care providers in reducing or eliminating their health care costs by helping to pay for their medical health insurance plan’s monthly premiums and out-of-pocket medical expenses. We encourage you to take advantage of our Health Care Reimbursement Program and start saving money today.

In 2022, Child Care Providers United (CCPU) successfully advocated for $100 million from the state of California to support this program. CCPU Health is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by CCPU and has representation from SEIU Local 521, SEIU Local 99 and the United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930.

Benefits & Program Overview

Help Enrolling in a Qualified Health Plan

Through a retirement fund negotiated in our CCPU contract, eligible providers, upon retiring or closing their license, will receive payments in the form of either a lump sum payment or monthly payments for 5 or 10 years that they can use to supplement or replace income. To be eligible you must be a licensed provider receiving subsidies from the State of California and have been paid for six or more months during one calendar year. Annual service credits are based on total years of service and how many months you received payments in one calendar year.

Providers with retirement questions, call 888- 583-CCPU (2278) from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Monday-Friday or visit childcareprovidersunited.org/retirement-fund

The CCPU Training Fund aims to ensure that all family child care providers feel engaged and empowered in our professions, that we are respected and well compensated, and that we have access to educator-centered professional development and training that meets our needs.

The CCPU Training Fund provides:

  • Business development courses
  • Child development courses
  • A registered apprenticeship program
  • A peer coaching support network
  • Hardware for providers to access online workshops
  • Tuition reimbursements and scholarships work provider-related coursework
  • and more!

For more information on CCPU’s training fund visit ccputrainingfund.org/

Benefits & Training

Peer Mentorship

Quality care for little ones means providers wear many hats including making nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day for the children in our care. There are federal/state programs to help the ease the cost of meals/snacks for providers. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), administered federally by the United States Department of Agriculture, provides reimbursement for eligible meals served. In California, this program is managed by the California Department of Education.

Please keep in mind that there are recording keeping and eligibility requirements. Providers caring for children eligible for subsidy or private pay are both eligible for the program. Providers must sign an agreement with a sponsor to participate in CACFP. The sponsor organizes training, conducts monitoring, and helps with planning menus and filling out reimbursement forms.

Sponsors vary by county. Find a sponsor.

The California Department of Education is responsible for a variety of education regulations, laws, and contracts. For family child care providers, they set the Regional Market Rates (RMR) which providers utilize on their rate sheets for payment. Rate sheets are kept on file with the various agencies you work with to calculate your compensation so it is important your sheets are updated to ensure you are paid in full for every child you care for. Most agencies allow you to update your rate sheet once every fiscal year (July-June).

Rates vary by county. Find your rate.

As an SEIU member, you have exclusive access to liability insurance for your child care business. Waivers and most homeowner’s insurance will not cover you if you are sued for any alleged illness or injury caused to a child while under your care. Liability insurance helps you keep peace of mind when something unexpected happens because we know accidents and property damage are a fact of life for child care providers. Our liability insurance offers coverage through Program Managers, Inc (PMI). Some benefits include:

  • Liability Limits: You are eligible to purchase a limit of liability of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 for your child care business.
  • Accidental Medical Expense: Coverage up to $10,000 for incurred expenses to cover medical or surgical treatment, services, or supplies if the first expense is incurred within 1 year of the date of a covered accident.
  • Business Personal Property: Coverage for your daycare property if damage should occur when your operation experiences fires, earthquakes, etc. Business personal property can be defined as: Building, equipment, fixtures, furniture, merchandise, etc., identified in an insurance policy as owned by the insured and used in your business.
  • Lost Wages/Income: You can purchase coverage for your lost wages or income in a covered property loss. You are also able to adjust your limit and choose the amount of coverage that works for you.
  • Administrative and Hearing Fees and Costs: New coverage option for up to $5000 for administrative and hearing fees and costs.
  • Streamlined Processing and Payment Options: You can now apply for your liability insurance online! You can also submit payment for your coverage online, including an option for monthly payments. There is no additional paperwork required for your monthly payment plan and your payment amount will be available next to your annual premium cost.
  • Same-Day Proof of Coverage: Print your insurance certificate the same day you apply from the comfort of your home.

Apply now.

You can also submit your application in writing. Download the paper application.

If you have any questions or need help filing your application, please contact:

Ginny Wimberly
Program Managers, Inc.
ginnyw@programmanagersinc.com

Providers work hard to care for the children in their communities and help their families get to work. But, sometimes we need a little help. If you are encountering issues with a Licensing citation or legal action, we recommend contacting an attorney for support.

Attorneys

John D. Bishop

5000 Birch St., Ste 7000
Newport Beach, CA 92660
P: (949) 557-4888 | F: (949) 557-4899
john@calicenselaw.com

Janice C Mendel

21900 Burbank Blvd. 3rd Floor
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
P: (818) 917 -2215 | F: (818) 337 – 2945
janicecmendel@gmail.com

Public Counsel

A pro bono legal firm offering legal advice and templates for providers caring for children including parent-provider contracts, immunizations, disability compliance, tenant rights, etc. Read more.

These resources are for informational purposes only. Legal services are not provided by SEIU Local 99 and as such we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the services or advise provided.

Finding ways to strengthen your early care knowledge can be a challenge for family child care providers on a limited budget. Over our 15 years of organizing we’ve advocated for more funds for training and won millions of dollars for provider-specific professional development programs. In addition to our member benefits, there are also additional tools available to providers with Early Care and Education organizations.

Early Care and Education Workforce Registry

Quality Start: Los Angeles and San Bernardino

Running a business, helping young minds learn, cooking, cleaning, and helping families navigate parenthood can be a lot! That’s why over the years we’ve collected and shared information on best practices to assist providers with marketing strategies, tax tips, self-care, and more. Here are some of our favorite tools:

Carina Care-Promote your child care business

If you are able to care for more children, register for Carina, which will connect you to them. Carina is a free self-service website created to help you find clients near you. Carina is currently an invite-only service. Email Carina at childcare@carina.org to request an invite and provide your first name, last name, and state you are a member of SEIU Local 99. For more information visit: www.carina.org/providecare

Marketing

Struggling with low-enrollment? Trying to create a presence on social meda with limited resources? Read more.

Taxes

As business owners, Providers can benefit greatly from learning how to itemize deductions and other strategies. Tom Copeland has worked with providers for over 38 years providing financial guidance and regularly hosts workshops for our members. Read more.

Eligible SEIU members and their families can earn an Associates Degree or Certificate online without paying for tuition, fees, or e-books! You can earn an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal or a Certificate in Business Management or Patient Home Navigator. Find out how to enroll: bit.ly/seiucollege

We care about the kids we work with every day and if our jobs require us to be certified in administering first aid/CPR, we want to make sure members have access to learning these life-saving techniques. That’s why SEIU Local 99 offers all active members of our union first aid and CPR training FREE OF CHARGE! Do you have assistants who need first aid and CPR training? All assistants will be charged a $50.00 fee via Venmo.

This is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited.   A week prior to the class, the first 12 RSVPs will receive a call, text, or email confirming their space. Not a member? Apply for membership online.

Medical professionals lead classes with the American Red Cross. You can complete First Aid and CPR training in English or Spanish. All classes will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

RSVP HERE

The Tuition Assistance Fund is here to support you to reach your professional development goals as it relates to higher education and your work as a family child care provider. Each calendar year, you will be eligible to receive $5,000 in tuition assistance if you have served a child receiving subsidies within the last twelve months. You can use your tuition assistance to pursue a degree, continuing education, and/or ESL, GED, and computer courses.

You can apply online at bit.ly/ccpufundapp