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AB-1902 California State Preschool Program: part-day preschool: fees.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.

 Section 8239 of the Education Code is amended to read:

8239.
 (a)  The Superintendent shall encourage state preschool program applicants or contracting agencies to offer full-day services through a combination of part-day preschool slots and wraparound general childcare  child care  and development programs. In order to facilitate a full day of services, all of the following shall apply:
(1) (a)  Part-day preschool programs provided pursuant to this section shall operate between 175 and 180 days.
(2) (b)  Wraparound general childcare  child care  and development programs provided pursuant to this section may operate a minimum of 246 days per year unless the child development contract specified a lower minimum days of operation. Part-day general childcare  child care  and development programs may operate a full day for the remainder of the year after the completion of the preschool program.
(3) (c)  Part-day preschool services combined with wraparound childcare  child care  services shall be reimbursed at a base rate determined  no more than the full-day standard reimbursement rate for general child care programs with adjustment factors,  pursuant to Section 8265 and as determined  in the annual Budget Act, using adjustment factors pursuant to Section 8265.5. Act. 
(4) (d)  Three- and four-year-old children are eligible for wraparound childcare  child care  services to supplement the part-day California state preschool program if the family meets the requirements  at least one of the criteria specified in paragraph (1)  of subdivision (a) of Section 8263, and the parents meet at least one of the criteria specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a) of Section  8263.
(e) Fees shall be assessed and collected for families receiving wraparound child care services, pursuant to Article 11.5 (commencing with Section 8273).
(f) The Superintendent shall report annually to the Department of Finance, on or before October 1 of each year, the fees collected from families who have children enrolled in the California state preschool program.
(b) (g)  For purposes of this section, “wraparound childcare  child care  services” and “wraparound general childcare  child care  and development programs” mean services provided for the remaining portion of the day or remainder of the year following the completion of part-day preschool services that are necessary to meet the childcare  child care  needs of parents eligible pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 8263. These services shall be provided consistent with the general childcare  child care  and development programs provided pursuant to Article 8 (commencing with Section 8240).

SEC. 2.

 Section 8273 of the Education Code is amended to read:

8273.
 (a) The Superintendent shall establish a fee schedule for families using preschool and child care and development services pursuant to this chapter, including families receiving services pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 8263. It is the intent of the Legislature that the new fee schedule shall be simple and easy to implement.
(b) The family fee schedule shall retain a flat monthly fee per family. The schedule shall differentiate between fees for part-time care and full-time care.
(c) Using the most recently approved family fee schedule pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 8447, families shall be assessed a flat monthly fee based on income, certified family need for full-time or part-time care services, and enrollment, and shall not be based on actual attendance. No A  recalculation of a family fee shall not  occur if attendance varies from enrollment unless a change in need for care is assessed.
(d) The Superintendent shall design the new family fee schedule based on the most recent census data available on  state median family income in the past 12 months, income data that was in use for the 2007−08 fiscal year,  adjusted for family size, according to the methodology provided in subdivision (c) of Section 8263.1. The revised  size. The revised family fee schedule shall begin at income levels at which families currently begin paying fees. The revised  fees shall not exceed 10 percent of the family’s monthly income. The Superintendent shall first submit the adjusted fee schedule to the Department of Finance for approval.
(e) The income of a recipient of federal supplemental security income benefits pursuant to Title XVI of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1381 et seq.) and state supplemental program benefits pursuant to Title XVI of the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1381 et seq.) and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12000) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall not be included in total countable income for purposes of determining the amount of the family fee.
(f) Family fees shall be assessed at initial enrollment and reassessed at update of certification or recertification.
(g) It is the intent of the Legislature that the new family fees shall be cost neutral to the state and generate roughly the same amount of revenue as was generated under the previous family fee schedule.
(h) The authority provided to the Superintendent to establish a fee schedule pursuant to this section shall not apply to the part-day preschool program provided pursuant to Section 8239.