Rep. Nabeela Syed

Filed: 5/15/2024





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 814 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Children and Family Services Act is
5amended 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
9planning, development, and utilization of resources for the
10day care of children, operated under various auspices, the
11Department of Human Services, or any State agency that assumes
12these responsibilities, is designated to coordinate all day
13care activities for children of the State and shall develop or
14continue, and shall update every year, a State comprehensive
15day-care plan for submission to the Governor that identifies
16high-priority areas and groups, relating them to available



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1resources and identifying the most effective approaches to the
2use of existing day care services. The State comprehensive
3day-care plan shall be made available to the General Assembly
4following the Governor's approval of the plan.
5    The plan shall include methods and procedures for the
6development of additional day care resources for children to
7meet the goal of reducing short-run and long-run dependency
8and to provide necessary enrichment and stimulation to the
9education of young children. Recommendations shall be made for
10State policy on optimum use of private and public, local,
11State and federal resources, including an estimate of the
12resources needed for the licensing and regulation of day care
14    A written report shall be submitted to the Governor and
15the General Assembly annually on April 15. The report shall
16include an evaluation of developments over the preceding
17fiscal year, including cost-benefit analyses of various
18arrangements. Beginning with the report in 1990 submitted by
19the Department's predecessor agency and every 2 years
20thereafter, the report shall also include the following:
21        (1) An assessment of the child care services, needs
22    and available resources throughout the State and an
23    assessment of the adequacy of existing child care
24    services, including, but not limited to, services assisted
25    under this Act and under any other program administered by
26    other State agencies.



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1        (2) A survey of day care facilities to determine the
2    number of qualified caregivers, as defined by rule,
3    attracted to vacant positions, or retained at the current
4    positions, and any problems encountered by facilities in
5    attracting and retaining capable caregivers. The report
6    shall include an assessment, based on the survey, of
7    improvements in employee benefits that may attract capable
8    caregivers. The survey process shall incorporate feedback
9    from groups and individuals with relevant expertise or
10    lived experience, including, but not limited to, educators
11    and child care providers, regarding the collection of data
12    in order to inform strategies and costs related to the
13    Child Care Development Fund and the General Revenue Fund,
14    for the purpose of promoting workforce recruitment and
15    retention. The survey shall, at a minimum, be updated
16    every 4 years based on feedback received. Initial survey
17    updates shall be made prior to the 2025 survey data
18    collection.
19        (3) The average wages and salaries and fringe benefit
20    packages paid to caregivers throughout the State, computed
21    on a regional basis, compared to similarly qualified
22    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 and



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1    salaries to ensure quality care for children.
2        (6) Evaluation of the fee structure and income
3    eligibility for child care subsidized by the State.
4    The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly
5shall be satisfied by filing copies of the report as required
6by Section 3.1 of the General Assembly Organization Act, and
7filing such additional copies with the State Government Report
8Distribution Center for the General Assembly as is required
9under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of the State Library Act.
10    (b) The Department of Human Services shall establish
11policies and procedures for developing and implementing
12interagency agreements with other agencies of the State
13providing child care services or reimbursement for such
14services. The plans shall be annually reviewed and modified
15for the purpose of addressing issues of applicability and
16service system barriers.
17    (c) In cooperation with other State agencies, the
18Department of Human Services shall develop and implement, or
19shall continue, a resource and referral system for the State
20of Illinois either within the Department or by contract with
21local or regional agencies. Funding for implementation of this
22system may be provided through Department appropriations or
23other inter-agency funding arrangements. The resource and
24referral system shall provide at least the following services:
25        (1) Assembling and maintaining a data base on the
26    supply of child care services.



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1        (2) Providing information and referrals for parents.
2        (3) Coordinating the development of new child care
3    resources.
4        (4) Providing technical assistance and training to
5    child care service providers.
6        (5) Recording and analyzing the demand for child care
7    services.
8    (d) The Department of Human Services shall conduct day
9care planning activities with the following priorities:
10        (1) Development of voluntary day care resources
11    wherever possible, with the provision for grants-in-aid
12    only where demonstrated to be useful and necessary as
13    incentives or supports. By January 1, 2002, the Department
14    shall design a plan to create more child care slots as well
15    as goals and timetables to improve quality and
16    accessibility of child care.
17        (2) Emphasis on service to children of recipients of
18    public assistance when such service will allow training or
19    employment of the parent toward achieving the goal of
20    independence.
21        (3) (Blank).
22        (4) Care of children from families in stress and
23    crises whose members potentially may become, or are in
24    danger of becoming, non-productive and dependent.
25        (5) Expansion of family day care facilities wherever
26    possible.



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1        (6) Location of centers in economically depressed
2    neighborhoods, preferably in multi-service centers with
3    cooperation of other agencies. The Department shall
4    coordinate the provision of grants, but only to the extent
5    funds are specifically appropriated for this purpose, to
6    encourage the creation and expansion of child care centers
7    in high need communities to be issued by the State,
8    business, and local governments.
9        (7) Use of existing facilities free of charge or for
10    reasonable rental whenever possible in lieu of
11    construction.
12        (8) Development of strategies for assuring a more
13    complete range of day care options, including provision of
14    day care services in homes, in schools, or in centers,
15    which will enable a parent or parents to complete a course
16    of education or obtain or maintain employment and the
17    creation of more child care options for swing shift,
18    evening, and weekend workers and for working women with
19    sick children. The Department shall encourage companies to
20    provide child care in their own offices or in the building
21    in which the corporation is located so that employees of
22    all the building's tenants can benefit from the facility.
23        (9) Development of strategies for subsidizing students
24    pursuing degrees in the child care field.
25        (10) Continuation and expansion of service programs
26    that assist teen parents to continue and complete their



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1    education.
2    Emphasis shall be given to support services that will help
3to ensure such parents' graduation from high school and to
4services for participants in any programs of job training
5conducted by the Department.
6    (e) The Department of Human Services shall actively
7stimulate the development of public and private resources at
8the local level. It shall also seek the fullest utilization of
9federal funds directly or indirectly available to the
11    Where appropriate, existing non-governmental agencies or
12associations shall be involved in planning by the Department.
13    (f) To better accommodate the child care needs of low
14income working families, especially those who receive
15Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or who are
16transitioning from TANF to work, or who are at risk of
17depending on TANF in the absence of child care, the Department
18shall complete a study using outcome-based assessment
19measurements to analyze the various types of child care needs,
20including but not limited to: child care homes; child care
21facilities; before and after school care; and evening and
22weekend care. Based upon the findings of the study, the
23Department shall develop a plan by April 15, 1998, that
24identifies the various types of child care needs within
25various geographic locations. The plan shall include, but not
26be limited to, the special needs of parents and guardians in



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1need of non-traditional child care services such as early
2mornings, evenings, and weekends; the needs of very low income
3families and children and how they might be better served; and
4strategies to assist child care providers to meet the needs
5and schedules of low income families.
6(Source: P.A. 100-1148, eff. 12-10-18.)
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,