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      110 ILCS 805/7-23.2 new
          Amends the Public Community College Act.  Authorizes  the
      board  of  a  community  college  district  in  a city with a
      population of 500,000 or more to contact for the provision of
      child care services primarily for students  of  one  or  more
      community  colleges  in  the  district  when a need for those
      services exists.  Requires  the  board  to  promulgate  rules
      relative  to  standards  and  criteria  under which the board
      determines  whether  on-site  child  care  services  will  be
      provided and relative to child care standards  and  standards
      applicable  to  the  selection  of  a  vendor  of  child care
      services.  Requires the board to consult with the  Department
      of  Children and Family Services in defining standards.  Adds
      provisions relative to fees, exceptions to fee  requirements,
      and  the  authority to use appropriated funds to eliminate or
      reduce charges.  Effective immediately.
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 1        AN ACT to amend  the  Public  Community  College  Act  by
 2    adding Section 7-23.2.
 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section 5.  The Public Community College Act  is  amended
 6    by adding Section 7-23.2 as follows:
 7        (110 ILCS 805/7-23.2 new)
 8        Sec. 7-23.2.  Child care services.
 9        (a)  For  the  purposes  of  this  Section,  "child  care
10    services"  means  day care home or center services as defined
11    by the Child Care Act of 1969.
12        (b)  The board may contract for the  provision  of  child
13    care  services  for  the  students  of  one or more community
14    colleges in the district.  The board may, in accordance  with
15    established  rules,  allow  day  care  centers  to operate in
16    district-owned or leased facilities.  Such day  care  centers
17    shall  be  primarily  for  use  by  students of the community
18    college but use by non-students may be allowed.
19        The  board  shall  implement  this  Section   and   shall
20    promulgate  all  rules  and  regulations  necessary  for this
21    purpose, including rules  setting  forth  the  standards  and
22    criteria for determining if on-site child care services shall
23    be  provided.  The board shall consult with the Department of
24    Children and Family Services in defining standards for  child
25    care  service centers established pursuant to this Section to
26    ensure compliance with the Child Care Act of 1969.  The board
27    shall establish a schedule of fees that may  be  charged  for
28    child  care  services under this Section.  The schedule shall
29    be established so that charges for service are based  on  the
30    actual cost of care.  Except as otherwise provided by law for
31    students  of the community college who may qualify for public
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 1    assistance or social services  due  to  indigency  or  family
 2    circumstance, each person obtaining child care services under
 3    this  Section  shall  be  responsible for full payment of all
 4    charges. However, notwithstanding any other provision of this
 5    Section the board may  use  moneys  distributed  to  it  from
 6    appropriations made for purposes of this Section to eliminate
 7    or reduce the charges otherwise required to be made.
 8        (c)  Prior  to  contracting  for child care services, the
 9    board shall determine a need for child care  services.  Proof
10    of need may include a survey of community college students as
11    well  as  a  determination  of the availability of child care
12    services through  other  governmental  agencies,  or  in  the
13    community.   The  board  may  also  require  submission  of a
14    feasibility, design and implementation plan, that takes  into
15    consideration  similar  needs and services of other community
16    colleges in the district.
17        The board shall have the sole responsibility for choosing
18    the successful bidder and overseeing  the  operation  of  its
19    child care services program within the guidelines established
20    by  the  board.  The board shall promulgate rules that detail
21    the specific standards to be  used  in  the  selection  of  a
22    vendor of child care services.
23        The  contract  shall  provide for the establishment of or
24    arrangement for the use of a licensed day care  center  or  a
25    licensed day care agency, as defined in the Child Care Act of
26    1969.
27        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
28    becoming law.

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