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 1        AN ACT creating the Great START program.

 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 10-22 as follows:

 6        (20 ILCS 1305/10-22 new)
 7        Sec. 10-22. Great START program.
 8        (a)  Beginning October 1, 2000 and until  July  1,  2004,
 9    the Department of Human Services shall, subject to a specific
10    appropriation   for  this  purpose,  operate  a  Great  START
11    (Strategy To Attract and Retain Teachers) program.  The  goal
12    of  the  program  is  to improve children's developmental and
13    educational outcomes in child care by  encouraging  increased
14    professional  preparation  by  staff and staff retention. The
15    Great  START  program  shall  coordinate   with   the   TEACH
16    professional development program.
17        The  program  shall  provide  wage  supplements  and  may
18    include  other  incentives  to  licensed  child  care  center
19    personnel,  including  early  childhood  teachers, school-age
20    workers, early childhood assistants,  school-age  assistants,
21    and   directors,   as   such   positions   are   defined   by
22    administrative  rule of the Department of Children and Family
23    Services. The program shall provide wage supplements and  may
24    include  other  incentives  to  licensed family day care home
25    personnel  and  licensed  group  day  care  home   personnel,
26    including  caregivers  and  assistants  as such positions are
27    defined by administrative rule of the Department of  Children
28    and  Family  Services.  Individuals  will receive supplements
29    commensurate with their qualifications.
30        (b)  The Department shall convene a working committee  of
31    its  standing  Child and Development Advisory Council to make
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 1    recommendations by October 1, 2000 on the components  of  the
 2    Great  START  program. The working committee shall consist of
 3    experts from the child care  and  early  childhood  education
 4    field. In addition, the working committee shall include, when
 5    necessary,  the  Secretary of Human Services, the Director of
 6    Children and Family Services, the Director  of  Commerce  and
 7    Community  Affairs,  the Director of Employment Security, the
 8    Superintendent of the State Board of Education, the Chair  of
 9    the  Community  College Board, and the Chair of the Executive
10    Committee  of  the  Board  of  Higher  Education,  or   their
11    designees.
12        (c)  The  Department shall, by rule, define the scope and
13    operation of the program, including a wage supplement  scale.
14    The  scale  shall pay increasing amounts for higher levels of
15    educational  attainment  beyond  minimum  qualifications  and
16    shall recognize  longevity  of  employment.  Subject  to  the
17    availability    of   sufficient   appropriation,   the   wage
18    supplements shall be paid to child care personnel in the form
19    of bonuses at 6 month intervals.  Six  months  of  continuous
20    service  with a single employer is required to be eligible to
21    receive a wage supplement bonus.  Wage supplements  shall  be
22    paid  directly to individual day care personnel, not to their
23    employers.   Eligible  individuals  must   provide   to   the
24    Department  or  its  agent all information and documentation,
25    including  but  not  limited  to  college   transcripts,   to
26    demonstrate   their  qualifications  for  a  particular  wage
27    supplement level.
28        If appropriations  permit,  the  Department  may  include
29    one-time   signing   bonuses  or  other  incentives  to  help
30    providers attract staff, provided that  the  signing  bonuses
31    are  less  than  the  supplement staff would have received if
32    they had remained employed with another day  care  center  or
33    family day care home.
34        If  appropriations  permit,  the  Department  may include
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 1    one-time longevity bonuses or other incentives  to  recognize
 2    staff who have remained with a single employer.
 3        (d)  The   Department  shall  evaluate  the  Great  START
 4    program,  gather  data   on   turnover   rates,   educational
 5    attainment, and other relevant issues, and submit a report to
 6    the  General  Assembly on the Great START program by December
 7    31, 2002.

 8        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
 9    becoming law.

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