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 1        AN ACT  concerning  differential  rates  for  accredited,
 2    licensed child care centers and homes.

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

 5        Section 1.  Short title.  This Act may be  cited  as  the
 6    Promoting Quality Child Care Act.

 7        Section 5.  Definitions.  As used in this Act:
 8        "Accredited"  means  admitted  by a nationally-recognized
 9    accrediting body including but not limited  to  the  National
10    Association  for  the Education of Young Children or National
11    Association for Family Child Care.
12        "Child care center" means a facility serving children  in
13    a  setting  outside  of the home.  A child care center may be
14    for-profit or not-for-profit.
15        "Child care  group  home"  means  a  licensed  home-based
16    provider  that receives State subsidies to provide child care
17    services to no more than 16 unrelated children, under age 12,
18    including the provider's children.
19        "Child care home" means a  licensed  home-based  provider
20    that  receives State subsidies to provide child care services
21    to at least 3  and  not  more  than  12  unrelated  children,
22    including the provider's children.
23        "Department"  means  the  Illinois  Department  of  Human
24    Services.
25        "Differential  rates"  means a subsidy rate 10% above the
26    maximum rate established by the Department.
27        "Licensed" means inspected and approved by the Department
28    of  Children  and  Family  Services  to  provide  child  care
29    services.

30        Section 10.  Differential rates.
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 1        (a)  Accredited licensed child care  centers,  accredited
 2    licensed child care homes, and accredited licensed child care
 3    group  homes  under contract with or receiving a subsidy from
 4    the Department shall be paid a subsidy rate 10%  higher  than
 5    the maximum rate established by the Department.
 6        (b)  The  Department  may  require that additional income
 7    earned by accredited programs under this provision  be  spent
 8    to  maintain  and achieve quality improvements, as defined by
 9    the Department.

10        Section 20.  Funding.
11        (a)  The  Department  shall  establish  a  public-private
12    partnership to increase the  number  of  accredited  programs
13    serving families receiving child care subsidies.
14        (b)  The  partnership  shall spend up to $1.5 million per
15    year for 5 years, to be matched by other funders.
16        (c)  The partnership may  fund  (1)  grants  to  licensed
17    child  care  centers  and  licensed child care group homes to
18    support program improvement plans necessary for achieving  or
19    maintaining accreditation, (2) fees for accreditation payable
20    to  national  accrediting bodies, and (3) consultants to help
21    programs gaining or maintaining accreditation.

22        Section 25.  Eligibility.  In order to  be  eligible  for
23    funding  under  this public-private partnership, at least 25%
24    of the children served by the program must be receiving child
25    care subsidies from  the  Department  or  the  Department  of
26    Children and Family Services.

27        Section  30.   Effective  date.  This Act takes effect on
28    July 1, 2000.

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