The Next Steps in Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Correction:  This letter was written by Mitzi Inouye, Ronda Simpson-Brown and Charlene Clemens


From: Charlene Clemens, Co-Facilitator, Cal-SAFE Advisory Work Group

Welcome back to School Year 2013-14!
The members of the Cal-SAFE Program Advisory Work Group thank all of you for your hard work, dedication, and commitment over the past 13 years in supporting the Cal-SAFE Program students and their children. Without you, all of the dedicated staff, supportive school site, district, and county office administrators, the Program would not have been the successful Program it has been over 13 years!
Despite tremendous effort put forth to preserve the Cal-SAFE Program from January through June 2013, it is with heavy heart and disappointment, we share the news that the State Budget and accompanying Budget Trailer Bill, signed by Governor Brown in June, eliminated the dedicated funding for the Cal-SAFE Program. Additionally, Program statutes were eliminated in the California Education Code.
However, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) does target three groups for supplemental funding beyond the base per student amount – low income students, English Language Learners (ELL), and foster youth. Based on past demographic data, it is very likely that a majority of the expectant and parenting students you serve will fall within one or more of these categories.
It is up to you to educate personnel within your district(s), county office of education, school board, and other program-related contacts on the importance of continued support for expectant and parenting students so they can experience school success and their children will be healthy and have enhanced school readiness.  It is up to you to make the necessary contacts with your local stakeholders to promote the sustainability of your Program and services.
Even though the “Cal-SAFE” name has disappeared from the California Department of Education’s roster of programs, the need and the model for serving expectant and parenting students are not gone. Here are some suggestions of what you can do in the coming months to help maintain your agency’s services for expectant and parenting students and their children:

1. Determine the level of funding your students will generate under the LCFF and show the decision makers within your district how you can use this money to keep providing the Cal-SAFE model that has shown so much success over the past 13 years in higher graduation rates, lower repeat births, and so forth. We strongly believe that the graduation rate will be one of the top outcome accountability measures for the LCFF.
2. Attend one of the following Regional Meetings scheduled for LCFF input to ensure that you are at the table for the development of individual student education plans and the accountability measures deemed to be part of the LCFF strategy; and to ensure that the unique needs of expectant and parenting students and their children are addressed
‟The State Board of Education (SBE) and California Department of Education (CDE) invite all interested stakeholders to come and share their input and ideas to inform implementation of the LCFF. Sessions are scheduled in locations throughout the state. Staff from the SBE and CDE will be present at the primary locations with remote locations connected via video conference with an onsite facilitator to help direct comments between locations.

Sessions begin at 9:30 AM and end at or before noon at each location

   Date

Primary Location

Remote Location

August 8 Los Angeles COE

9300 Imperial Highway

Downey, CA 90242

San Diego COE

6401 Linda Vista Road

Joe Rindone Regional Technology

Center, Communications Lab 1-4

San Diego, CA 92111

August 12 Sacramento COE

10474 Mather Boulevard

Mather Room

Mather, CA 95655

Shasta COE

1644 Magnolia Avenue

Conference Room

Redding, CA 96001

August 13 Kern COE

1300-17th Street

Room 1B

Bakersfield, CA 93304

Fresno COE

1111 Van Ness Avenue

Tower Building, T101

Fresno, CA 93721

Please contact Ann Hern (ahern@wested.org) or Jannelle Kubinec (jkubinec@wested.org) if you have questions about the LCFF regional input sessions. If you would prefer to provide comments electronically, please email them to Ann Hern, and they will be considered with comments shared at the regional input sessions.”
3.  Continue to participate in local level Cal-SAFE data collection under the GradStar Data System.Without the local and statewide data, there will be no data to support any effort to seek future funding for expectant and parenting students and their children.

We want to recognize Assembly Member Tom Ammiano; Wendy Hill, Senior Legislative Aide in his Capitol office; Nina Buthee, Executive Director, Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA); Cliff Marcussen,CCDAA Southern Section Public Policy Advisor; and Tim Fitzharris, Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI), for their support and guidance during our legislative efforts to preserve the Cal-SAFE Program; Denyne Micheletti, Executive Director, California Alternative Payment Programs (CAPPA) who began the process with a spot bill, and Brenda LeTendre, Cal-SAFE Program Evaluator, who magically developed charts and data for use in the legislative process.  Without Dana Goodrow, Executive Director, TeenNow California, and the organization’s Board of Directors, our challenge would have been greater.  Since 1972, TeenNow California, formerly known as the California Alliance Concerned with Teen Parents (CACSAP), has focused its efforts on providing support for expectant and parenting students and their children, as well as, pregnancy prevention for teens.  A special thank you for including Cal-SAFE Program workshops in the statewide conferences, providing extensive information on the website, obtaining and managing the recent successful public education campaign, and awarding scholarships to our students to continue their post-secondary education.
As we close the chapter on the existing Cal-SAFE Program and anticipate new directions, it is important to express our appreciation to key CDE staff persons.  Susan French (Thompson), Ronda Simpson-Brown, Mitzi Inouye, and Juanita Weber, all now retired, moved a vision to a reality and supported existing school programs to successfully transition into the new comprehensive model.   While many said it couldn’t be done, Greg Hudson, while working in the CDE School Fiscal Services Division, used his knowledge and creativity to develop the funding formula which allowed Cal-SAFE to become operational.  Nancy Christophel, our rock for 13 years, was an enduring contact person for the Program, and, until last year, disseminated relevant information to the field and responded to all concerns, as appropriate. And lastly, Lisa Duerr, who embraced the Program with positive energy and true commitment, only to find the Program go into flexibility.
A summary of activities during the legislative and budget processes is attached.  Again, we thank ALL OF YOU for your participation and support in this process.
Finally, many members of the Cal-SAFE Program Advisory Work Group volunteered to support you through this coming year as you continue your Program for expectant and parenting students and their children.   Should you have any questions or concerns regarding sustainability of your Program, contact:

San Diego Area

Rachel Asman                         rasman@euhsd.k12.ca.us        760-291-6063
Janet Stoddard                        janet.stoddard@smusd.org       760-290-2450

Los Angeles Area
Jerri Sandell                            jlsandell452@bpusd.net     626-962-3311,X 5953
Elizabeth Serrao                     echibi@verizon.net           626-223-3114

Central Coast Area
Trudy Adair-Verbais               cdp@sbceo.org         805-964-4711, X 4409

Central Valley Area
Jamie Baiocchi                          jbaiocchi@sjcoe.net           209-468-9062

San Francisco Bay Area
Charlene Clemens                    charfsasf@aol.com           415-385-2435

Sacramento Area
Mitzi Inouye                             coala7@sbcglobal.net         916-392-1833
Ronda Simpson-Brown           rsimpson148@surewest.net    916- 488-2541

GradStar ONLY
Brenda LeTendre                     bletendre@pittstate.edu       417-782-6268

Respectfully,

The Cal-SAFE Program Advisory Work Group

Sent From: Charlene Clemens, Co-Facilitator, Cal-SAFE Advisory Work Group