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Public Act 90-0236

HB0635 Enrolled                                LRB9002779MWpc

    AN ACT concerning child  care  services,  amending  named

    Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 5.  The  Children  and  Family  Services  Act  is
amended by changing Section 5.15 as follows:

    (20 ILCS 505/5.15)
    (This  Section  may contain text from a Public Act with a
delayed effective date)
    Sec. 5.15.  Daycare; Department of Human Services.
    (a)  For the  purpose  of  ensuring  effective  statewide
planning,  development,  and utilization of resources for the
day care of children, operated under  various  auspices,  the
Department  of Human Services is designated to coordinate all
day care activities for  children  of  the  State  and  shall
develop  or  continue,  and  shall update every year, a State
comprehensive day-care plan for submission  to  the  Governor
that identifies high-priority areas and groups, relating them
to  available  resources  and  identifying the most effective
approaches to the use of  existing  day  care  services.  The
State  comprehensive day-care plan shall be made available to
the General Assembly following the  Governor's  approval   of
the plan.
    The  plan  shall  include  methods and procedures for the
development of additional day care resources for children  to
meet  the  goal of reducing short-run and long-run dependency
and to provide necessary enrichment and  stimulation  to  the
education  of  young children.  Recommendations shall be made
for State policy on optimum use of private and public, local,
State and federal resources, including  an  estimate  of  the
resources needed for the licensing and regulation of day care
    A  written  report shall be submitted to the Governor and
the General Assembly annually on April 15. The  report  shall
include  an  evaluation  of  developments  over the preceding
fiscal  year,  including  cost-benefit  analyses  of  various
arrangements.  Beginning with the report in 1990 submitted by
the  Department's  predecessor  agency  and  every  2   years
thereafter, the report shall also include the following:
         (1)  An assessment of the child care services, needs
    and  available  resources  throughout  the  State  and an
    assessment  of  the  adequacy  of  existing  child   care
    services,   including,   but  not  limited  to,  services
    assisted under this  Act  and  under  any  other  program
    administered by other State agencies.
         (2)  A  survey  of  day care facilities to determine
    the number of qualified caregivers, as defined  by  rule,
    attracted   to   vacant   positions   and   any  problems
    encountered by facilities  in  attracting  and  retaining
    capable caregivers.
         (3)  The  average  wages  and  salaries  and  fringe
    benefit packages paid to caregivers throughout the State,
    computed on a regional basis.
         (4)  The  qualifications  of new caregivers hired at
    licensed day care facilities during the  previous  2-year
         (5)  Recommendations  for increasing caregiver wages
    and salaries to ensure quality care for children.
         (6)  Evaluation of  the  fee  structure  and  income
    eligibility for child care subsidized by the State.
    The  requirement  for  reporting  to the General Assembly
shall be satisfied by filing copies of the  report  with  the
Speaker,  the  Minority Leader, and the Clerk of the House of
Representatives, the President, the Minority Leader, and  the
Secretary  of  the Senate, and the Legislative Research Unit,
as  required  by  Section  3.1  of   the   General   Assembly
Organization  Act, and filing such additional copies with the
State Government Report Distribution Center for  the  General
Assembly  as  is required under paragraph (t) of Section 7 of
the State Library Act.
    (b)  The Department of  Human  Services  shall  establish
policies  and  procedures  for  developing  and  implementing
interagency  agreements  with  other  agencies  of  the State
providing child  care  services  or  reimbursement  for  such
    (c)  In   cooperation  with  other  State  agencies,  the
Department of Human Services shall  develop and implement, or
shall continue, a resource and referral system for the  State
of  Illinois either within the Department or by contract with
local or regional agencies.  Funding  for  implementation  of
this system may be provided through Department appropriations
or  other inter-agency funding arrangements. The resource and
referral  system  shall  provide  at  least   the   following
         (1)  Assembling  and  maintaining a data base on the
    supply of child care services.
         (2)  Providing   information   and   referrals   for
         (3)  Coordinating the development of new child  care
         (4)  Providing  technical assistance and training to
    child care service providers.
         (5)  Recording and analyzing the  demand  for  child
    care services.
    (d)  The  Department  of Human Services shall conduct day
care planning activities with the following priorities:
         (1)  Development of  voluntary  day  care  resources
    wherever  possible,  with the provision for grants-in-aid
    only where demonstrated to be  useful  and  necessary  as
    incentives or supports.
         (2)  Emphasis  on  service to children of recipients
    of  public  assistance  when  such  service  will   allow
    training or employment of the parent toward achieving the
    goal of independence.
         (3)  Maximum  employment  of  recipients  of  public
    assistance  in  day  care  centers  and  day  care homes,
    operated in conjunction  with  short-term  work  training
         (4)  Care  of  children  from families in stress and
    crises whose members potentially may become,  or  are  in
    danger of becoming, non-productive and dependent.
         (5)  Expansion   of   family   day  care  facilities
    wherever possible.
         (6)  Location of centers in  economically  depressed
    neighborhoods,  preferably  in multi-service centers with
    cooperation of other agencies.
         (7)  Use of existing facilities free  of  charge  or
    for  reasonable  rental  whenever  possible  in  lieu  of
         (8)  Development  of  strategies for assuring a more
    complete range of day care options,  including  provision
    of day care services in homes, in schools, or in centers,
    which  will  enable  a  parent  or  parents to complete a
    course of education or obtain or maintain employment.
    Emphasis shall be given to  support  services  that  will
help  to ensure such parents' graduation from high school and
to services for participants in the Project Chance program of
job training conducted by the Department.
    (e)  The Department  of  Human  Services  shall  actively
stimulate  the development of public and private resources at
the local level. It shall also seek the  fullest  utilization
of  federal  funds  directly  or  indirectly available to the
    Where appropriate, existing non-governmental agencies  or
associations shall be involved in planning by the Department.
    (f)  To  better  accommodate  the child care needs of low
income  working  families,  especially  those   who   receive
Temporary  Assistance  for  Needy  Families (TANF) or who are
transitioning from TANF to  work,  or  who  are  at  risk  of
depending   on  TANF  in  the  absence  of  child  care,  the
Department  shall  complete  a  study   using   outcome-based
assessment measurements to analyze the various types of child
care  needs,  including but not limited to: child care homes;
child care facilities; before  and  after  school  care;  and
evening  and  weekend  care.   Based upon the findings of the
study, the Department shall develop a plan by April 15, 1998,
that identifies the various types of child care needs  within
various  geographic  locations.   The plan shall include, but
not be limited to, the special needs of parents and guardians
in need of non-traditional child care services such as  early
mornings,  evenings,  and  weekends;  the  needs  of very low
income families and children and how  they  might  be  better
served; and strategies to assist child care providers to meet
the needs and schedules of low income families.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

    Section 10.  The Illinois Health Facilities Authority Act
is amended by adding Section 4.24 as follows:

    (20 ILCS 3705/4.24 new)
    Sec. 4.24.  To assist the Department of Human Services in
establishing  a  low interest loan program to help child care
centers and family day care homes  serving  children  of  low
income families under Section 22.4 of the Children and Family
Services Act.

    Section  99.  Effective  date.   This Act takes effect on
July 1, 1997.

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