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The Professional Association for Childhood Education Alternative Payment Program (PACEAPP) is a childcare subsidy program serving low-income families and their childcare providers in 25 counties in Northern and Central California.

PACEAPP's case managers assist families with achieving self-sufficiency through education, advocacy, and empowerment. PACEAPP also helps families with finding the resources they need to support their families.

PACEAPP is a parental choice program in which parents can select a childcare provider of their choice that best meets the education and development needs of their children. PACEAPP is funded by the
California Department of Education, Child Development Division.

PACEAPP Urges All Parents to Register to Vote for the November Election

(October 16, 2012) PACEAPP is urging its parents to register to vote for the November 6 General Election before the October 22 deadline.

An online link to register is available at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm. Voter registration information is available at the website of the Secretary of State.

The last day to register to vote for the November 6 election is October 22. To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age, a resident of California, not in prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony and have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent to register and vote.

Sample Ballots
A sample ballot will be mailed to each voter who registers or re-registers at least 29 days before an election. Persons who register between 29 and 15 days before an election may be sent a sample ballot if there is time to process these last-minute registrations. If not, such registrants will receive a postcard confirming voter registration, which will also include a notice of their polling place location.

For all elections, extra sample ballots will be available at polling locations.

When to Re-Register to Vote
Voters need to re-register to vote when they:
• move to a new permanent residence;
• change their name; or
• change political party choice.

California voters should be aware that in some areas, local elections are held on dates that do not coincide with statewide election dates. The 15-day close of registration deadline for these local elections varies depending on the actual date of the election. A voter who needs to know a deadline for a local election, should contact the county elections office.

Polling Places
The location of a voter’s designated polling place is listed on the back of the Sample Ballot. Voters can also find their polling place on the Secretary of State website, or from their local elections official at their county elections office.

Voters can obtain a form to register to vote from most post offices, city offices and libraries by calling 1-800-345-VOTE, or online at http://www.sos.ca.gov/.

Absentee Ballot
Any California voter may vote by mail. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 30. A registered voter may request a ballot by using the application printed on the back of the sample ballot booklet. Vote-by-mail ballots comprised 65 percent of ballots cast in the June 2012 primary – the most ever in a California statewide election.

County elections officials began mailing vote-by-mail ballots on October 9 (post offices were closed for a federal holiday). Ballots have already been mailed to military and overseas voters. Vote-by-mail voters can cast their November 6 ballots through the mail, drop them off at any polling place within the voter’s county, or vote in person at county elections offices. Once county elections officials determine the signature on the vote-by-mail ballot return envelope matches the voter’s signature on his or her voter registration application, and the voter did not vote elsewhere in the same election, the ballot is counted. All valid vote-by-mail ballots are counted in every election, regardless of the outcome or closeness of any race.

For voter registration information, see the website of the Secretary of State at http://www.sos.ca.gov/.

Good News! The Governor has signed the State budget and there is some good news for parents and providers in our program. 1) Based on Assembly Bill 114 family fee increases effective July 1, 2011 have been rescinded. Parents and providers will receive a letter and a notice of action clarifying family fees effective 7/1/2011. 2) Termination of 11- & 12-year-olds has been rescinded. Parents and providers will receive a letter and notice of action reflecting re-enrollment of any previously terminated 11- or 12-year-olds effective 7/1/2011. Additionally any 11- or 12-year-olds who were eligible to remain in the program, but had hours adjusted to evenings or weekends only will again be eligible for any day or time the family has a verifiable need. Families or providers with questions should contact their case manager at PACEAPP.

Services to Families
PACEAPP case managers provide many types of services to assist families. Case managers meet with families periodically to ensure that their childcare needs are being met and they assist families with finding additional support resources in their community.

PACEAPP case managers are available to provide families with information about other social services, including: Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) referrals, food and clothing bank referrals, employment and educational information, mental health and substance abuse referrals, and low-cost health insurance information. Case managers also educate families about quality childcare environments.

To find out if you are eligible for PACEAPP services, click here.

Services to Child Care Providers
PACEAPP case managers contract childcare services with a family's chosen childcare provider. Case managers develop relationships with the childcare provider to make sure each family's unique childcare needs are met. Case managers are also available to offer child care providers information about licensing, TrustLine, liability insurance, quality child care environments, and current legislation affecting the child care profession. Case managers also process reimbursement for childcare services rendered.

Am I eligible for PACEAPP? Click here to find out.
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