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AB-2286 Child care: reimbursement rate adjustment factors.(2011-2012)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2011–2012 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2286


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Bonilla
(Principal Coauthor(s): Assembly Member Mitchell)

February 24, 2012


An act to amend Section 8265.5 of the Education Code, relating to child care.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2286, as introduced, Bonilla. Child care: reimbursement rate adjustment factors.
Existing law, the Child Care and Development Services Act, establishes a system of child care and development services for children up to 13 years of age, and requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to implement a plan establishing assigned reimbursement rates, per unit of average daily enrollment, to be paid by the state to provider agencies for the provision of those services. Existing law also provides for an adjustment factor to be applied to units of average daily enrollment if a provider agency serves children who meet specified criteria.
This bill would increase the adjustment factor for infants who are 0 to 18 months of age and are served in a child day care center and for toddlers who are 18 to 36 months of age and are served in a child day care center, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 8265.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

8265.5.
 (a) In order to reflect the additional expense of serving children who meet any of the criteria outlined in paragraphs (1) to (7), inclusive, of subdivision (b) the provider agency’s reported child days of enrollment for these children shall be multiplied by the adjustment factors listed below.
(b) The adjustment factors shall apply to those programs for which assigned reimbursement rates are at or below the standard reimbursement rate. In addition, the adjustment factors shall apply to those programs for which assigned reimbursement rates are above the standard reimbursement rate, but the reimbursement rate, as adjusted, shall not exceed the adjusted standard reimbursement rate.
(1) For infants who are 0 to 18 months of age and are served in a child day care center, the adjustment factor shall be 1.7 2.3.
(2) For toddlers who are 18 to 36 months of age and are served in a child day care center, the adjustment factor shall be 1.4 1.8.
(3) For infants and toddlers who are 0 to 36 months of age and are served in a family child care home, the adjustment factor shall be 1.4.
(4) For children with exceptional needs who are 0 to 21 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.2.
(5) For severely disabled children who are 0 to 21 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.5.
(6) For a child children at risk of neglect, abuse, or exploitation who are 0 to 14 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.1.
(7) For limited-English-speaking and non-English-speaking children who are 2 two years of age through kindergarten age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.1.
(c) Use of the adjustment factors shall not increase the provider agency’s total annual allocation.
(d) Days of enrollment for children having more than one of the criteria outlined in paragraphs (1) to (7), inclusive, of subdivision (b) shall not be reported under more than one of the above categories.
(e) The difference between the reimbursement resulting from the use of the adjustment factors outlined in paragraphs (1) to (7), inclusive, of subdivision (b) and the reimbursement that would otherwise be received by a provider in the absence of the adjustment factors shall be used for special and appropriate services for each child for whom an adjustment factor is claimed.