Full Text of SB4188 102nd General Assembly
SB4188 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 3/4/2022, by Sen. Sally J. Turner, Dan McConchie, Steve McClure and Win Stoller
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that the Department of
Children and Family Services shall adopt and implement rules to adjust
licensing requirements, including, but not limited to, worker
qualifications for child care providers within child care deserts that
reflect local labor market conditions in order to grant local child care
providers enhanced hiring flexibility and expand child care into currently
underserved areas. Defines "child care deserts" and "child care provider".
Provides that the Department shall submit proposed rules to implement the
provisions concerning emergency licensing to the Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules no later than December 31, 2023. Effective
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning regulation.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Child Care Act of 1969 is amended by adding
Section 7.11 as follows:
(225 ILCS 10/7.11 new)
(a) The General Assembly finds the following:
(1) Early childhood education and care programs
provide child care, so parents can maintain stable
employment, provide for themselves and their families, and
advance their career or educational goals.
(2) Countless children and families have benefited
from child care services and have had the opportunity to
enter school ready to learn and succeed.
(3) Child care providers across the State are
struggling to find qualified child care workers, reducing
the facilities' ability to offer quality child care
(4) Shortages of child care services are particularly
acute in child care deserts.
(5) Child care deserts, as defined by the Center for
American Progress, are census tracts with more than 50
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children under the age of 5 that contain either no child
care providers or so few options that there are more than 3
times as many children as licensed care slots.
(6) Child care deserts exist throughout the State,
particularly in rural communities, where working parents
struggle to find fully-licensed child care facilities.
(7) Adopting more flexible licensing requirements,
which put the health and well-being of children at the
forefront, would assist working parents to find quality
child care services for their families and address the
ongoing child care shortages across the State.
(b) The Department of Children and Family Services shall
adopt and implement rules to adjust licensing requirements,
including, but not limited to, worker qualifications for child
care providers within child care deserts that reflect local
labor market conditions in order to grant local child care
providers enhanced hiring flexibility and expand child care
into currently underserved areas.
(c) As used in this Section:
"Child care deserts" means census tracts with more than 50
children under the age of 5 that contain either no child care
providers or so few options that there are more than 3 times as
many children as licensed care slots.
"Child care provider" means "day care center" and "part
day child care facility" as defined in Sections 2.09 and 2.10
of this Act.
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(d) The Department of Children and Family Services shall
submit proposed rules to implement this Section to the Joint
Committee on Administrative Rules no later than December 31,
This Act takes effect upon