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Crosswalk of Requirements for Infant/Toddler Teachers

OHS no longer determining state level equivalency for national CDA requirements. Instead, OHS recently invited CHSA to assist grantees by creating a crosswalk between the California Associate Teacher Permit for infant/toddler teachers and the CDA. A team of CHSA board members recently completed this analysis: CDA equivalency in California for infant toddler teachers.

CHSA Executive Search

After seven years as CHSA’s Executive Director, Rick Mockler has announced plans to depart in August and to launch a new initiative focusing on data analysis and quality improvement systems for Head Start programs.

CHSA has engaged Brakely Briscoe, a search firm which is receiving applications and inquiries from prospective candidates. To view the job description and learn how to apply for the position please go to: CHSA Executive Search. Please direct inquiries to

New Resource Aligning Title 5, Title 22 and OHS Standards

We are pleased to share a new resource that aligns Title 5, Title 22 and related Head Start Performance Standards. This was compiled by a work group of the California Head Start State Collaboration Office, in partnership with the California Head Start Association. We unveiled the document at CHSA’s recent Education Conference in Riverside, and are now making it available online:

We are grateful to the many people who contributed to this document, including members of the Head Start/CCL Workgroup, staff at the CCL Division of the State Department of Social Services, staff at the OHS Region IX Office, Keesha Woods at LACOE, various Head Start program directors, and CDE’s Early Education and Support Division.

CHSA Comments on Proposed ECE Block Grant

CHSA recently submitted comments on Governor Brown’s proposal to block grant Prop 98 funding from the State Preschool Program, Transitional Kindergarten and QRIS to Local Educational Agencies. We address the likely impact on community based providers, concerns around program quality, and the need to prioritize low-income and at-risk children and families. Thanks to the many Head Start leaders who participated in CHSA’s Annual Conference and helped form these comments.

Read our response

Introduction of AB-1897, Child Care Facility License Option - Birth through Entering First Grade

The California Head Start Association is proud to announce the introduction of AB 1897, Child Care Centers: Birth to First Grade Facility License Option which has been introduced and authored by ASM Mullin with coauthors; ASM Chavez and Senator Hertzberg.

AB 1897 would require the California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (CDSS-CCL) to, in consultation with community stakeholders, adopt regulations on or before January 1, 2018, to develop and implement a birth to entering first grade license option for child care centers. The bill would require the regulations to include age-appropriate transition times, as specified, a requirement that a single integrated license option list the age groups of children being served at the child care center, and a requirement that all other licensing regulations that apply to a child care center shall also apply to a birth to entering first grade facility license option.

AB 1897 will allow CDSS-CCL to create an Integrated Childcare Facility License that will be an additional option that providers can choose when applying for or renewing their facility license. A single license option will reduce the administrative burden on severely underfunded childcare centers and CDSS-CCL so that they both can focus on providing a safe environment for California's children.


Read the Bill

CHSA Press Release on TK Enrollment Practices

Inappropriate Enrollment Practices Plague Transitional Kindergarten

Sacramento (November 4, 2015) -- Early childhood advocates are calling on the Legislature to address local enrollment practices, at Thursday’s State Assembly hearing on the implementation of Transitional Kindergarten in California. The joint hearing is being convened by the Assembly’s Education Committee and the Budget Subcommittee for Education, and early childhood leaders are arguing that abusive enrollment practices and substandard quality ought to be the focus.

The legislative hearing is being held in Los Angeles and will provide an overview of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) so far and showcase best practices at the LA Unified School District. While LA Unified is touted as a model of success, local TK practices and quality vary statewide. “The Legislature ought to be addressing the failures and abuses of TK, which are alarmingly widespread,” declared Rick Mockler, Executive Director of the California Head Start Association.

The Nov. 4 Press Release: Read More

Legislative Victory for Toddler Programs

Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 762 (Mullin) into law. This new statute will extend the age of the toddler program option to 36 months effective January 1, 2016. The age range for the optional toddler program component will be 18 to 36 months. While the extension of toddler option only represents part of our legislation as originally introduced, it will serve to bridge the gap in care for centers serving toddlers, providing much needed flexibility and supporting continuity of care for our children. We are delighted with this new law, even as we continue to work on our longer term vision of an integrated, birth to age five license. CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

The AB 762 document page: Visit

Early Math and Family Engagement

Head Start parents in California step up to teach their kids math

The initiative, known as the Early Math Family Engagement Project, is one of the first programs in the nation to emphasize the key role parents can play in teaching early math at home and in other environments. It is a project of the California Head Start Association, which represents nearly 160 Head Start centers and their satellite sites in the state. The program will offer two-day training sessions to teachers and others around the state. Head Start serves approximately 130,000 children in California.

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