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SB0129 93rd General Assembly


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 1        AN ACT in relation to child care.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The  Department  of  Human  Services  Act is
 5    amended by adding Section 10-26 as follows:

 6        (20 ILCS 1305/10-26 new)
 7        Sec. 10-26.  Child care capital investment program.
 8        (a)  The Department shall develop and implement  a  child
 9    care capital investment program.  The purposes of the program
10    are as follows:
11             (1)  To  assess  the  need  for  additional licensed
12        child care providers in low-income communities.
13             (2)  To provide planning and technical assistance to
14        prepare  child  care   providers   for   making   capital
15        investments.
16             (3)  To  provide  grants  as  part  of  a  financing
17        package  to  build  new  child care capacity in high-need
18        communities throughout the State.
19        (b)  The Department's implementation of the program  must
20    include the following features:
21             (1)  Completion   of   a   demographics-based  needs
22        assessment of subsidized full-day, full-year  child  care
23        in Illinois.
24             (2)  Issuance  of  requests  for  proposals to child
25        care providers who are seeking new facilities or  seeking
26        renovations  to  expand existing capacity. Proposals must
27        be submitted in 2 parts:
28                  (A)  An   initial   indication   of   interest,
29             including a project description, community  benefits
30             and cost estimates, and private funding sources.
31                  (B)  Submission  of  a  full  application for a
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 1             grant, including a  project  budget  and  timetable,
 2             after   consideration   of   the   needs  assessment
 3             completed under paragraph (1) and,  if  appropriate,
 4             after the provision of technical assistance from the
 5             Department.
 6             (3)  Conduct of outreach and training for interested
 7        child care providers in Illinois on topics including, but
 8        not   limited  to:  property  ownership  and  management;
 9        fundraising; construction and development processes;  and
10        other  pertinent  technical assistance.  The outreach and
11        training may include the convening  of  a  roundtable  on
12        child care facility design.
13             (4)  Selection     of     projects,     using    the
14        request-for-proposal  process,  to  receive  grants.   In
15        selecting  projects  for  grants,  the  Department   must
16        consider at least the following:
17                  (1)  Whether  a  proposed  project will address
18             priorities  identified  in  the   needs   assessment
19             completed under paragraph (1).
20                  (2)  Whether  a  proposed  project will feature
21             coordinated project management  that  will  maximize
22             economies of scale and minimize costs.
23                  (3)  How   favorably   a   proposed   project's
24             financing  structure compares with a standard of 60%
25             equity and 40% debt.

26        Section 99. Effective date. This Act  takes  effect  upon
27    becoming law.