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90_HB0630eng 20 ILCS 505/5.15 Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall include an evaluation of reimbursement rates for State subsidized child care in the annual daycare analysis report submitted to the Governor and General Assembly. LRB9002514PTcw HB0630 Engrossed LRB9002514PTcw 1 AN ACT to amend the Children and Family Services Act by 2 adding Section 5.25. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is 6 amended by adding Section 5.25 as follows: 7 (20 ILCS 505/5.25 new) 8 Sec. 5.25. State-assisted child care. 9 (a) The General Assembly finds and declares that 10 families with children need child care in order to work and 11 participate in education or training; and low-income families 12 struggle to pay the high cost of child care; and when 13 low-income families cannot afford child care they are in 14 danger of going on welfare; and families who leave welfare 15 for work need child care in order to successfully make this 16 transition and to stay off welfare; and families leaving 17 welfare for work do not usually experience large salary 18 increases, but rather remain very low-income, and time 19 limited child care benefits are a barrier to successful 20 workforce participation; and high quality child care helps 21 children develop to their full potential and helps them 22 succeed in school and life; and the rate for subsidized child 23 care needs to be high enough that families can find child 24 care providers to accept it; and the human services agencies' 25 reorganization and federal welfare reform give Illinois an 26 unprecedented opportunity to create a seamless child care 27 system and eliminate and consolidate categorical programs. 28 (b) The Department of Human Services shall administer a 29 statewide program of financial assistance for employment, 30 education, community service, and training-related child care 31 and development services (child care assistance) for families HB0630 Engrossed -2- LRB9002514PTcw 1 that meet the eligibility and activity requirements as set 2 forth in this Section and shall use all federal and State 3 funds designated for these purposes. 4 (c) The Department shall make child care assistance 5 available for children under 13 years of age to any family 6 that requires child care to engage in one or more of the 7 following activities: 8 (1) State-required or State-approved activities 9 while a recipient of the Temporary Assistance for Needy 10 Families program (TANF). 11 (2) Employment, whether or not the parent is a 12 recipient of TANF. 13 (3) Elementary or high school education in order to 14 obtain a high school diploma if a parent under 20 years 15 of age. (A teen parent and his or her children shall be 16 considered a separate household in determining 17 eligibility.) 18 (4) Participation in a GED, adult basic education, 19 or English-as-a-second-language program. 20 (5) Participation in an occupational or vocational 21 training program with a State-approved training provider 22 if the parent is engaged in the activity exclusively or 23 in combination with employment for a minimum of 20 hours 24 per week including transportation time, except that a 25 parent may qualify for assistance under this subsection 26 for only one occupational or vocational training program 27 in any 36-month period. 28 (6) Enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year postsecondary 29 degree program if the parent is engaged in a minimum of 30 30 hours per week of classes and employment with a 31 minimum of 8 hours per week of employment. In 32 calculating the 30 hours per week, the parent's course 33 credit hours shall be multiplied by 2. 34 (7) While engaged in a job search. HB0630 Engrossed -3- LRB9002514PTcw 1 (8) Families with special needs or special 2 circumstances as defined by rule. 3 (d) The Department shall make child care assistance 4 available to any family whose household income, as defined by 5 rule, is below the specified level for that fiscal year and 6 may provide assistance to families whose household income is 7 above the specified level. Subject to appropriation, the 8 specified level for fiscal year 1998 shall not be less than 9 50% of the State median income, the specified level for 10 fiscal year 1999 shall not be less than 55% of the State 11 median income, the specified level for fiscal year 2000 shall 12 not be less than 60% of the State median income and the 13 specified level in the following fiscal years shall not be 14 less than 60% of the State median income. Notwithstanding 15 the income level at which families become eligible to receive 16 child care assistance, any family that is already receiving 17 child care assistance, on the effective date of this 18 amendatory Act of 1997 or thereafter, shall remain eligible 19 for child care assistance until their household income 20 exceeds 60% of the State median income or the specified 21 income level for that fiscal year, whichever is higher. The 22 Department shall revise the State median income annually in 23 accordance with federal guidelines. 24 (e) The Department shall establish and periodically 25 revise, by rule, a co-payment scale that provides for cost 26 sharing by families receiving child care assistance under 27 this Section. The co-payment shall be an amount that is 28 reasonable and affordable for the family and shall be based 29 upon household income and family size. A family with 2 or 30 more children in care shall pay a higher co-payment than a 31 family with one child in care, but there shall be no 32 additional charge for additional children in care. The 33 amount of the co-payment shall not be based upon the type of 34 care chosen by the family. HB0630 Engrossed -4- LRB9002514PTcw 1 (f) Families eligible for assistance under this Section 2 shall be given the following options: 3 (1) receiving a child care certificate issued by 4 the Department or a subcontractor of the Department that 5 may be used by the parents only as payment for child care 6 and development services; or 7 (2) if space is available, enrolling the child with 8 a child care provider that has a purchase-of-service 9 contract with the Department or a subcontractor of the 10 Department for the provision of child care and 11 development services. The Department may identify 12 particular priority populations for whom they may request 13 special consideration by providers with 14 purchase-of-service contracts, provided that the 15 providers shall be permitted to maintain a balance of 16 clients in terms of household incomes and families and 17 children with special needs, as defined by rule. 18 (g) In order to expand access to high quality programs 19 to families receiving child care services under this Section, 20 the Department shall increase the number of day care slots 21 that are delivered through purchase-of-service contracts. 22 These efforts shall include, but are not limited to: 23 (1) offering an option to providers who meet 24 minimum program requirements as defined by rule, and who 25 accept a minimum number, as defined by rule, of children 26 with child care certificates to convert those 27 certificates to a purchase-of-service contract; 28 (2) offering contracts to purchase-of-service 29 providers who have the capacity to combine Head Start or 30 State Pre-Kindergarten with child care funding in order 31 to provide full workday or full year child care and 32 education services; 33 (3) offering expanded contracts to current 34 purchase-of-service providers who have the capacity to HB0630 Engrossed -5- LRB9002514PTcw 1 expand infant, pre-school, or school-age programs; 2 (4) seeking opportunities to develop and expand 3 family day care home networks, particularly in 4 under-served communities and at non-traditional hours; 5 (5) partnering with local government entities and 6 non-profit agencies to expand purchase-of-service 7 capacity; and 8 (6) providing grants or leveraging private funds to 9 renovate and construct facilities to house child 10 development and school-age child care services. 11 (h) In order to expand the capacity of existing 12 providers and to increase the number of providers of child 13 care and development services to meet the growing need of 14 families for quality State-assisted child care in this State, 15 the Department shall: 16 (1) Conduct biennial market rate surveys based on 17 the cost of care and other relevant factors, the first of 18 which shall be completed on or before December 1, 1997. 19 (2) Establish a reimbursement rate set at no lower 20 than the 75th percentile of the market rate as determined 21 by the biennial market rate survey commencing on July 1, 22 1998. 23 (3) Establish a lesser rate for license-exempt care 24 by rule. 25 (4) Create incentive rate enhancements for licensed 26 child care providers who remain open 11 or more hours per 27 day in order to accommodate the needs of parents whose 28 activity schedules necessitate extended hours of child 29 care. The incentive rate enhancement shall be the 30 prorated amount of the per diem rate based upon a 31 standard 10-hour care day. The incentive rate 32 enhancement shall not exceed 10% and shall be uniform for 33 all types of licensed day care and for all age categories 34 of children. The Department shall also provide incentive HB0630 Engrossed -6- LRB9002514PTcw 1 enhanced rates for licensed child care providers who 2 exclusively operate before school or after school 3 programs and offer extended hours, in accordance with 4 rules adopted by the Department. 5 (5) Create incentive rate enhancements for licensed 6 child care providers that serve families and children 7 with special needs as defined by rule. 8 (6) Create incentive rate enhancements for licensed 9 child care providers who are accredited by nationally 10 recognized accrediting bodies as defined by rule. 11 (i) The Department shall establish a uniform application 12 process for assistance under this Section. The application 13 process shall include: 14 (1) a standard application form; 15 (2) a prompt eligibility determination for each 16 applicant; and 17 (3) a timely written notice with reference to a case 18 number and date of application to each applicant of his 19 or her eligibility status and a description of the 20 process and time lines for requesting an administrative 21 appeal if the application wishes to dispute the 22 eligibility determination. 23 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 24 becoming law.
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