“What we’ve done is shown the benefits across two generations of the study of these enriched early child care programs,” Nobel-prize winning economist James Heckman said in an interview with NPR. “Not only providing child care for working mothers — allowing them to get more education — but primarily to get more work experience, […]
MSFCCA 25th Conference in Ocean City
October 13 and 14th!
You will not want to miss it!
Click here to view the official flyer: savethedate-conference-2017-basic
New Reimbursement Rates
New Reimbursement Rates for the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP)
August 9, 2016 | by Krista Scott | Breaking News, Child Care, Healthy Eating
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its new reimbursement rates for the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). The rates are effective from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. USDA is required to update reimbursement rates for the program annually, on July 1, to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index.
The following is a summary of USDA’s announcement:
lunchtime_WEBNational Average Payment Rates for Centers
Rates for breakfast increased 5 cents for reduced price rates and free rates in the Contiguous States and in Hawaii. Paid rates did not increase in these regions, however, the rates for Alaska increased across the board—1 cent increase for the paid rate and 7 cent increases for both the reduced price and free rates.
Rates for lunch or supper increased 9 cents for reduced price and free rates in the Contiguous states and Hawaii; rates in Alaska increased by 13 cents for reduced price and free rates.
Snack rates did not increase much—1 and 2 cent increases for reduced price and free rates in the Contiguous States and Hawaii and 2 and 3 cents in Alaska.
As professional child care providers working day to day managing children and your business, it is important that MSFCCA here’s your voice!
MSFCCA will be having an important meeting in July to address the Family Child Care Regulations. Because of this we are asking registered providers the following questions:
Are there any CURRENT Regulations that you feel are administrative burdens, and could be LIFTED WITHOUT JEOPARDIZING THE SAFETY AND SCHOOL READINESS OF THE CHILDREN IN CARE?
Secondly, are there any Regulations you have heard might be coming that would also be administrative burdens?
Please share your thoughts on MSFCCA’s Facebook page or inbox.
Tom Copland’s Taking Care of Business
Oh no! This may sound familiar to some professional child care providers… So, who is breaking the contract?
“A family child care provider recently decided to end her contract with a parent. She gave the parent a two-week notice, as she is required to do under her contract.
The parent was upset; she believed that since the provider didn’t want to care for the child anymore, she was afraid the provider would treat her child differently during the two-week period. Therefore, the parent did not bring her child back and refused to pay for the two weeks.
The provider took the parent to small claims court and sued for payment for the two weeks. The judge ruled that the provider terminated the contract and ruled in favor of the parent.”
Find out best business practices, how to protect yourself and your business. Click the link for the full article – http://tomcopelandblog.com/who-is-breaking-the-contract
Hello CACFP Providers,
All of us at the PGCPS office would like to wish you HAPPY PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY TODAY (5-6)
and this weekend a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!
You all serve as mother figures everyday and provide love and care to those you serve. You are loved!
The PGCPS CACFP Team
Estimated Taxes Due April 18th
April 18th is the deadline for family child care providers to file your federal estimated tax payment for the first quarter of 2016.
This comes as a shock to some child care providers because it’s the same deadline for paying your 2015 taxes.
Most child care providers do not need to file estimated taxes (IRS Form 1040 ES Estimated Tax for Individuals). This is because their spouse usually has enough withheld in taxes to cover them.
Child care providers who most likely need to file estimated taxes are those who are single or who have a spouse who is unemployed or self-employed.
If you are not sure if you or your spouse has paid in enough taxes for the months of January, February and March, you should make a tax payment with this form. You goal is to have paid in at least 90% of the taxes you owe for this quarter to avoid paying a penalty. If you pay in too much you will get a refund.
How do you know how much you will owe in taxes? If you were in business in 2015, use last year as a guide. If this is your first year, use 20% of your gross income (parents fees plus Food Program income) as a conservative guess of how much you will owe.
Lastly, check your records to see if you will owe any state income taxes. If so, make a state estimated tax payment by April 18th as well. The second quarter for estimated taxes covers the months of April and May. The deadline to file for the second quarter is June 15, 2016. Yes, these quarters are not equal!
Tom Copeland – http://www.tomcopelandblog.com
2015 Tax WorkbookFor details on how to file your estimated taxes, see my book Family Child Care Tax Workbook and Organizer.
Dear PGCFCCA Members,
Jodi Regner asked that we pass the following information on.
Training Programs-Supporting Children with Developmental Disabilities in Child Care 3 hours (.3 CEUs) New!
The course discusses principles and characteristics of developmentally appropriate practices. It also discusses motor, language, cognitive, and physical development areas. Case studies give examples of modifications that help children with disabilities in each area to be successful in a child care setting. This course is a part of the Resource Center’s e-learning catalogue and is an individually paced on-line training. Participants must start the class before June 30, 2016 and have one year to finish the course. Training certificates can be printed by the participant after the course is successfully completed.
Participants will come together in the evening (time and dates to be determined) to combine movement activities with exercise.
Please contact Jodi Regner at 301.772.8420, extension 1010 to sign up for a scholarship, and details.
ALERT: Code Yellow – PGCPS schools and offices are closed on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL only must report to work. (Código Amarillo – Todas las escuelas permanecen cerradas. Todas las oficinas permanecen cerradas. Solamente el PERSONAL DE EMERGENCIA debe reportarse al trabajo.)
MSDE has decided to delay a proposed developmental screening regulation until July of 2017. Developmental screening will remain a required component for programs participating in Maryland EXCELs. This change will enable more providers to take required training prior to the regulation taking effect. It will also help the Division of Special Education to better plan for a potential increase in referrals and services. Face to face training is available and providers may use training reimbursement toward that cost.
Don’t wait until the last minute. Act now to get your free tool! To allow providers more time to select their free developmental screening tool, MSDE has extended the deadline to choose their free tool until January 15th, 2016.
Visit: https://ece.thinkport.org/devscreeningtool/form/index.php to order your tool now.
Providers will need their license or registration number to apply for their free tool. Family providers should omit the two digit code and hyphen preceding their registration number. Order cannot be change once selected so carefully confirm your choice.