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HB2210 Engrossed                               LRB9103954SMdv

 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 for-profit or  not-for-profit
13    licensed day care center, as defined in the Child Care Act of
14    1969, serving children in a setting outside of the home.
15        "Child  care  group home" means a licensed group day care
16    home as defined in the Child Care Act of 1969.
17        "Child care home" means  a  licensed  day  care  home  as
18    defined in the Child Care Act of 1969.
19        "Department"  means  the  Illinois  Department  of  Human
20    Services.
21        "Differential  rates"  means a subsidy rate 10% above the
22    maximum rate established by the Department.
23        "Licensed" means inspected and approved by the Department
24    of  Children  and  Family  Services  to  provide  child  care
25    services.

26        Section 10.  Differential rates.
27        (a) Accredited licensed child care centers and accredited
28    licensed child care homes currently receiving funds from  the
29    Department's  subsidized child care program or the Department
30    of  Children  and  Family  Services'  subsidized  child  care
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 1    program shall be paid a subsidy  rate  10%  higher  than  the
 2    maximum  rates  established  by  the  Department for the care
 3    provided depending  on  the  age  of  the  child,  geographic
 4    location of the center, and type of care.
 5        (b)  The  Department  may  require that additional income
 6    earned by accredited programs under this provision  be  spent
 7    to  maintain  and achieve quality improvements, as defined by
 8    the Department.

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

21        Section 25.  Eligibility.  In order to  be  eligible  for
22    funding   under   Section  20  regarding  the  public-private
23    partnership, at least 25%  of  the  children  served  by  the
24    program  must  be  receiving  child  care  subsidies from the
25    Department or the Department of Children and Family Services.

26        Section 30.  Effective date.  This Act  takes  effect  on
27    July 1, 1999.

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