(110 ILCS 520/8b.1)
(from Ch. 144, par. 658b.1)
Child care services.
(a) For the purposes of this Section, "child care services" means day
care home or center services as defined by the Child Care Act of 1969.
(b) The Board may contract for the provision of child care services for its
employees. The Board may, in accordance with established rules, allow day care
centers to operate in State-owned or leased facilities. Such day care centers
shall be primarily for use by State employees of the university but use by
non-employees may be allowed.
Where the Board enters into a contract to construct, acquire or
lease all or a substantial portion of a building, in which more than 50
persons shall be employed, other than a renewal of an existing lease, after
July 1, 1992, and where a need has been demonstrated, according to
subsection (c), on-site child care services shall be provided for
employees of the university.
The Board shall implement this Section and shall promulgate all rules
and regulations necessary for this purpose. By April 1, 1993, the
Board shall propose rules setting forth the standards and criteria,
including need and feasibility, for determining if on-site child care
services shall be provided. The Board shall consult with the Department of
Children and Family Services in defining standards for child care service
centers established pursuant to this Section to ensure compliance with the
Child Care Act of 1969. The Board shall establish a schedule of fees that
shall be charged for child care services under this Section. The schedule
shall be established so that charges for service are based on the actual cost
of care. Except as otherwise provided by law for employees who may qualify for
public assistance or social services due to indigency or family circumstance,
each employee obtaining child care services under this Section shall be
responsible for full payment of all charges. The Board shall report, on or
before December 31, 1993, to the Governor and the members of the General
Assembly, on the feasibility and implementation of a plan for the provision of
comprehensive child care services.
(c) Prior to contracting for child care services, the Board shall determine
a need for child care services. Proof of need may include a survey of
university employees as well as a determination of the availability of child
care services through other State agencies, or in the community. The Board may
also require submission of a feasibility, design and implementation plan, that
takes into consideration similar needs and services of other State
The Board shall have the sole responsibility for choosing the successful
bidder and overseeing the operation of its child care service program within
the guidelines established by the Board. The Board shall promulgate rules under
the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act that detail the specific standards to
be used in the selection of a vendor of child care services.
The contract shall provide for the establishment of or arrangement for the
use of a licensed day care center or a licensed day care agency, as defined in
the Child Care Act of 1969.
(Source: P.A. 87-1019; 88-45.)