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California School Age Families Education Program   

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(a) For the 2000-01 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, a school district or county superintendent of schools participating in Cal-SAFE is eligible for state funding from funds appropriated for services provided for the purposes of the program as follows:

(1) A support services allowance of two thousand two hundred thirty-seven dollars ($2,237) for each unit of average daily attendance generated by each pupil who has completed the intake process pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 54746 and is receiving services pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 54746. This allowance shall be adjusted annually by the inflation factor set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 42238.1. In no event shall more than one support service allowance be generated by any pupil concurrently enrolled in more than one educational program.

(A) A support services allowance may not be claimed for units of average daily attendance reported pursuant to the following:

(i) Subdivision (b) of Section 1982 for pupils attending county community schools operated pursuant to Chapter 6.5 of Part 2 (commencing with Section 1980).

(ii) Pupils attending juvenile court schools operated pursuant to Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 48645) of Chapter 4 of Part 27.

(iii) Pupils attending community day schools operated pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 48660) of Chapter 4 of Part 27.

(iv) Pupils attending a county operated Cal-SAFE program pursuant to this article whose attendance is reported pursuant to Section 2551.3.

(B) A support services allowance may not be used to supplant average daily attendance and revenue limit funding provided pursuant to paragraph (2) for the support of educational programs that Cal-SAFE program pupils attend.

(2) Average daily attendance and revenue limit funding for pupils receiving services in the Cal-SAFE program shall be computed pursuant to provisions and regulations applicable to the educational program or programs that each pupil attends, except as provided in paragraph (3).

(3) For attendance not claimed pursuant to paragraph (2), a county office of education may claim the statewide average revenue limit per unit of average daily attendance for high school districts, payable from Section A of the State School Fund, for the attendance of pupils receiving services in the Cal-SAFE program, provided that no other revenue limit funding is claimed for the same pupil and pupil attendance of no less than 240 minutes per day and is computed and maintained pursuant to Section 46300.

(4) Except as provided in subdivision (c) of Section 54749.5, operators of Cal-SAFE programs shall be reimbursed in accordance with the amount specified in subdivision (b) of Section 8265 and the amounts specified in subdivisions (a) and (b) of Section 8265.5 for each child receiving services pursuant to the Cal-SAFE program who is the child of teen parents enrolled in the Cal-SAFE program. To be eligible for funding pursuant to this paragraph, the operational days of child care and development programs are only those necessary to provide child care services to children of pupils participating in Cal-SAFE.

(5) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), pupils for whom attendance is reported pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 1982, pupils attending juvenile court schools, and pupils attending community day schools may complete the intake process for the Cal-SAFE program and, if the intake process is completed, shall receive services pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 54746. The children of pupils receiving services in the Cal-SAFE program pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 54746 and attending juvenile court schools, county community schools, or community day schools are eligible for funding pursuant to paragraph (4) and no other provisions of this section.

(b) Funds allocated pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) shall be accounted for separately and shall be expended only to provide the supportive services enumerated in subdivision (b) of Section 54746, to provide in-service training as specified in subdivision (d) of Section 54746, and for the expenditures enumerated in subdivision (d) of this section.

(c) Funds allocated pursuant to paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) shall be accounted for separately and shall be expended only to provide developmentally appropriate child care and development services pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 54746 and staff development of child development program staff pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 54746 for children of teen parents enrolled in the Cal-SAFE program for the purpose of promoting the children's development comparable to age norms, access to health and preventive services, and enhanced school readiness.

(d) Funds generated pursuant to Section 2551.3, subdivision (b) of Section 54749.5, and this section shall be accounted for separately and shall be expended only to provide the services enumerated in Section 54746 and the following expenditures as defined by the California State School Accounting Manual:

(1) Expenditures defined as direct costs of instructional programs.

(2) Expenditures defined as documented direct support costs.

(3) Expenditures defined as allocated direct support costs.

(4) Expenditures for indirect charges.

(5) Expenditures defined as facility costs, including the costs of renting, leasing, lease-purchase, remodeling, or improving buildings.

(e) Indirect costs may not exceed the lesser of the approved indirect cost rate or 10 percent.

(f) Expenditures that represent contract payments to community-based organizations and other governmental agencies pursuant to paragraph (10) of subdivision (b) of Section 54745 for the operation of a Cal-SAFE program shall be included in the Cal-SAFE program account.

(g) To the extent permitted by federal law, any funding made available to a school district or county superintendent of schools is subject to all of the following conditions:

(1) The program is open to all eligible pupils without regard to any pupil's religious beliefs or any other factor related to religion.

(2) No religious instruction is included in the program.

(3) The space where the program is operated is not used in any manner to foster religion during the time used for operation of the program.

(h) A school district or county superintendent of schools implementing a Cal-SAFE program may establish a claims process to recover federal funds available for any services provided that are Medi-Cal eligible.

(i) For purposes of serving pupils enrolled in the Cal-SAFE program in a summer school program or enrolled in a school program operating more than 180 days, eligibility for child care services pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 54746 shall be determined by the parent's hours of enrollment and shall be for only those hours necessary to further the completion of the parent's educational program.

(j) To meet startup costs for the opening of child care and development sites, as defined in subdivision (ab) of Section 8208, and applicable regulations, a school district or county office of education may apply for a one-time 15-percent service level exemption within the amount appropriated in the annual Budget Act for the purposes of paragraph (4) of subdivision (a) for each site meeting the criteria set forth in subdivision (ab) of Section 8208. To the extent that Budget Act funding is insufficient to cover the full costs of Cal-SAFE child care, reimbursements to all participating programs shall be reduced on a pro rata basis. A school district or county office of education shall submit claims pursuant to this subdivision with other claims submitted pursuant to this section. Funding provided for startup costs shall be utilized for approvable startup costs enumerated in subdivision (a) of Section 8275.

(k) To meet costs for the renovation, repair, or improvement of an existing building to make the building suitable for licensure for child care and development services and for the purchase of new relocatable child care facilities for lease to school districts and contracting agencies that provide child care and development services, a school district or county office of education that provides child care pursuant to this article may apply for and receive funding pursuant to Section 8278.3.

(l) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the implementation of this article is contingent upon appropriations in the annual Budget Act for the purpose of its administration and evaluation by the department.

(m) Notwithstanding any other law, a charter school may apply for funding pursuant to this article and shall meet the requirements of this article to be eligible for funding pursuant to this section.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 677, Sec. 44.)

Reference:

Education Code 1980

Education Code 1982

Education Code 2551.3

Education Code 8208

Education Code 8265

Education Code 8265.5

Education Code 8275

Education Code 8278.3

Education Code 42238.1

Education Code 48645

Education Code 48660

Education Code 46300

Education Code 54746

Education Code 54745

Education Code 54749.5