093_SB0127 LRB093 03305 MKM 03322 b 1 AN ACT concerning day care. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is 5 amended by changing Section 5.15 as follows: 6 (20 ILCS 505/5.15) 7 Sec. 5.15. Daycare; Department of Human Services. 8 (a) For the purpose of ensuring effective statewide 9 planning, development, and utilization of resources for the 10 day care of children, operated under various auspices, the 11 Department of Human Services is designated to coordinate all 12 day care activities for children of the State and shall 13 develop or continue, and shall update every year, a State 14 comprehensive day-care plan for submission to the Governor 15 that identifies high-priority areas and groups, relating them 16 to available resources and identifying the most effective 17 approaches to the use of existing day care services. The 18 State comprehensive day-care plan shall be made available to 19 the General Assembly following the Governor's approval of 20 the plan. 21 The plan shall include methods and procedures for the 22 development of additional day care resources for children to 23 meet the goal of reducing short-run and long-run dependency 24 and to provide necessary enrichment and stimulation to the 25 education of young children. Recommendations shall be made 26 for State policy on optimum use of private and public, local, 27 State and federal resources, including an estimate of the 28 resources needed for the licensing and regulation of day care 29 facilities. 30 A written report shall be submitted to the Governor and 31 the General Assembly annually on April 15. The report shall -2- LRB093 03305 MKM 03322 b 1 include an evaluation of developments over the preceding 2 fiscal year, including cost-benefit analyses of various 3 arrangements. Beginning with the report in 1990 submitted by 4 the Department's predecessor agency and every 2 years 5 thereafter, the report shall also include the following: 6 (1) An assessment of the child care services, needs 7 and available resources throughout the State and an 8 assessment of the adequacy of existing child care 9 services, including, but not limited to, services 10 assisted under this Act and under any other program 11 administered by other State agencies. 12 (2) A survey of day care facilities to determine 13 the number of qualified caregivers, as defined by rule, 14 attracted to vacant positions and any problems 15 encountered by facilities in attracting and retaining 16 capable caregivers. The report shall include an 17 assessment, based on the survey, of improvements in 18 employee benefits that may attract capable caregivers. 19 (3) The average wages and salaries and fringe 20 benefit packages paid to caregivers throughout the State, 21 computed on a regional basis, compared to similarly 22 qualified employees in other but related fields. 23 (4) The qualifications of new caregivers hired at 24 licensed day care facilities during the previous 2-year 25 period. 26 (5) Recommendations for increasing caregiver wages 27 and salaries to ensure quality care for children. 28 (6) Evaluation of the fee structure and income 29 eligibility for child care subsidized by the State. 30 The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly 31 shall be satisfied by filing copies of the report with the 32 Speaker, the Minority Leader, and the Clerk of the House of 33 Representatives, the President, the Minority Leader, and the 34 Secretary of the Senate, and the Legislative Research Unit, -3- LRB093 03305 MKM 03322 b 1 as required by Section 3.1 of the General Assembly 2 Organization Act, and filing such additional copies with the 3 State Government Report Distribution Center for the General 4 Assembly as is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of 5 the State Library Act. 6 (b) The Department of Human Services shall establish 7 policies and procedures for developing and implementing 8 interagency agreements with other agencies of the State 9 providing child care services or reimbursement for such 10 services. The plans shall be annually reviewed and modified 11 for the purpose of addressing issues of applicability and 12 service system barriers. 13 (c) In cooperation with other State agencies, the 14 Department of Human Services shall develop and implement, or 15 shall continue, a resource and referral system for the State 16 of Illinois either within the Department or by contract with 17 local or regional agencies. Funding for implementation of 18 this system may be provided through Department appropriations 19 or other inter-agency funding arrangements. The resource and 20 referral system shall provide at least the following 21 services: 22 (1) Assembling and maintaining a data base on the 23 supply of child care services. 24 (2) Providing information and referrals for 25 parents. 26 (3) Coordinating the development of new child care 27 resources. 28 (4) Providing technical assistance and training to 29 child care service providers. 30 (5) Recording and analyzing the demand for child 31 care services. 32 (c-5) The Department must, in association with the 33 resource and referral system and in consultation with the 34 Child Care and Development Advisory Council, develop and -4- LRB093 03305 MKM 03322 b 1 implement an infant-toddler initiative to address the severe 2 shortage of high quality child care in Illinois for children 3 under 3 years of age. The Department must annually report on 4 the status of the infant-toddler initiative as part of the 5 State's comprehensive day-care plan. 6 (d) The Department of Human Services shall conduct day 7 care planning activities with the following priorities: 8 (1) Development of voluntary day care resources 9 wherever possible, with the provision for grants-in-aid 10 only where demonstrated to be useful and necessary as 11 incentives or supports. By January 1, 2002, the 12 Department shall design a plan to create more child care 13 slots as well as goals and timetables to improve quality 14 and accessibility of child care. 15 (2) Emphasis on service to children of recipients 16 of public assistance when such service will allow 17 training or employment of the parent toward achieving the 18 goal of independence. 19 (3) (Blank). 20 (4) Care of children from families in stress and 21 crises whose members potentially may become, or are in 22 danger of becoming, non-productive and dependent. 23 (5) Expansion of family day care facilities 24 wherever possible. 25 (6) Location of centers in economically depressed 26 neighborhoods, preferably in multi-service centers with 27 cooperation of other agencies. The Department shall 28 coordinate the provision of grants, but only to the 29 extent funds are specifically appropriated for this 30 purpose, to encourage the creation and expansion of 31 child care centers in high need communities to be issued 32 by the State, business, and local governments. 33 (7) Use of existing facilities free of charge or 34 for reasonable rental whenever possible in lieu of -5- LRB093 03305 MKM 03322 b 1 construction. 2 (8) Development of strategies for assuring a more 3 complete range of day care options, including provision 4 of day care services in homes, in schools, or in centers, 5 which will enable a parent or parents to complete a 6 course of education or obtain or maintain employment and 7 the creation of more child care options for swing shift, 8 evening, and weekend workers and for working women with 9 sick children. The Department shall encourage companies 10 to provide child care in their own offices or in the 11 building in which the corporation is located so that 12 employees of all the building's tenants can benefit from 13 the facility. 14 (9) Development of strategies for subsidizing 15 students pursuing degrees in the child care field. 16 (10) Continuation and expansion of service programs 17 that assist teen parents to continue and complete their 18 education. 19 Emphasis shall be given to support services that will 20 help to ensure such parents' graduation from high school and 21 to services for participants in any programs of job training 22 conducted by the Department. 23 (e) The Department of Human Services shall actively 24 stimulate the development of public and private resources at 25 the local level. It shall also seek the fullest utilization 26 of federal funds directly or indirectly available to the 27 Department. 28 Where appropriate, existing non-governmental agencies or 29 associations shall be involved in planning by the Department. 30 (f) To better accommodate the child care needs of low 31 income working families, especially those who receive 32 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or who are 33 transitioning from TANF to work, or who are at risk of 34 depending on TANF in the absence of child care, the -6- LRB093 03305 MKM 03322 b 1 Department shall complete a study using outcome-based 2 assessment measurements to analyze the various types of child 3 care needs, including but not limited to: child care homes; 4 child care facilities; before and after school care; and 5 evening and weekend care. Based upon the findings of the 6 study, the Department shall develop a plan by April 15, 1998, 7 that identifies the various types of child care needs within 8 various geographic locations. The plan shall include, but 9 not be limited to, the special needs of parents and guardians 10 in need of non-traditional child care services such as early 11 mornings, evenings, and weekends; the needs of very low 12 income families and children and how they might be better 13 served; and strategies to assist child care providers to meet 14 the needs and schedules of low income families. 15 (Source: P.A. 92-468, eff. 8-22-01.) 16 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 17 becoming law.