Sen. Dan Kotowski

Filed: 3/26/2012





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 3601 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Child Care Act of 1969 is amended by adding
5Section 7.10 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 10/7.10 new)
7    Sec. 7.10. Progress report.
8    (a) For the purposes of this Section, "child day care
9licensing" or "day care licensing" means licensing of day care
10centers, day care homes, and group day care homes.
11    (b) No later than June 30, 2013, the Department shall
12provide the General Assembly with a comprehensive report on its
13progress in meeting performance measures and goals related to
14child day care licensing.
15    (c) The report shall include:
16        (1) details on the funding for child day care



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1    licensing, including:
2            (A) the total number of full-time employees
3        working on child day care licensing;
4            (B) the names of all sources of revenue used to
5        support child day care licensing;
6            (C) the amount of expenditures that is claimed
7        against federal funding sources;
8            (D) the identity of federal funding sources; and
9            (E) how funds are appropriated, including
10        appropriations for line staff, support staff,
11        supervisory staff, and training and other expenses and
12        the funding history of such licensing since fiscal year
13        2007;
14        (2) current staffing qualifications of day care
15    licensing representatives, day care licensing supervisors,
16    and regional licensing administrators in comparison with
17    staffing qualifications specified in the job description;
18        (3) data history for fiscal year 2007 to fiscal year
19    2012 on day care licensing representative caseloads and
20    staffing levels in all areas of the State;
21        (4) per the DCFS Child Day Care Licensing Advisory
22    Council's work plan, quarterly data on the following
23    measures:
24            (A) the percentage of new applications disposed of
25        within 90 days;
26            (B) the percentage of licenses renewed on time;



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1            (C) the percentage of day care centers receiving
2        timely annual monitoring visit;
3            (D) the percentage of day care homes receiving
4        timely annual monitoring visits;
5            (E) the percentage of group day care homes
6        receiving timely annual monitoring visits;
7            (F) the percentage of day care providers that are
8        satisfied with accurate and objective interpretation
9        of standards by DCFS staff;
10            (G) the percentage of high-risk violations
11        resolved within 60 days;
12            (H) the percentage of complaints disposed of
13        within 30 days;
14            (I) the average number of days applicants must wait
15        to attend a licensing orientation;
16            (J) the number of licensing orientation sessions
17        available per region in the past year;
18            (K) the number of on-line Department trainings
19        related to licensing and child development available
20        to providers in the past year; and
21            (L) the percentage of providers satisfied with
22        ongoing ways to communicate with the Department and get
23        their questions answered;
24        (5) details on efforts to educate parents on the role
25    of licensing and the role of the Department as the
26    licensing agency to which complaints can be filed, as well



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1    as efforts to reach out to minority families;
2        (6) details on how the Department will measure progress
3    on integrating a child development perspective in the work
4    of the day care licensing representatives;
5        (7) information on progress on the adoption of a
6    weighted licensing and risk rating system;
7        (8) information on progress on coordination with the
8    State's child care system, including the Department of
9    Human Services, the State Board of Education, and the child
10    care resource and referral agencies; and
11        (9) efforts to coordinate with appropriate agencies on
12    professional development and credentialing issues,
13    including training registry and Quality Rating and
14    Improvement Systems (QRIS).
15    (d) The Department shall work through the Governor's
16appointed Early Learning Council on issues related to
17collecting data and documenting improvements to the
18Department's responsibilities concerning child day care
20    (e) No later than June 30, 2013, the Department shall
21launch a public portal to allow the public to look up serious
22licensing violations in a manner that is clear and
23understandable by parents or other interested parties.
24    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on July
251, 2012.".