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AB-603 Child care: alternative payment programs: child care providers (2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/14/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 603


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk-Silva

February 14, 2017


An act to add Section 8227.4, 8227.6, and 8227.7 to the Education Code, relating to child care services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 603, as introduced, Quirk-Silva. Child care: alternative payment programs: child care providers
The Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Education, requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer child care and development programs that offer a full range of services to eligible children from infancy to 13 years of age, inclusive. The act requires the department to contract with local contracting agencies to provide for alternative payment programs, and authorizes alternative payments to be made for child care services, as provided. The act requires child care providers authorized to provide services to submit to the alternative payment program a monthly attendance record or invoice for each child who received services, as provided. Existing law requires alternative payment programs to reimburse licensed child care providers in accordance with a biennial market rate survey, as provided.
This bill would require, on or before January 1, 2019, alternative payment programs to develop an electronic time sheet process for the monthly attendance record or invoices, as provided. The bill would require, beginning January 2, 2019, alternative payment programs to offer the electronic time sheet process to child care providers. The bill would require, beginning January 1, 2019, alternative payment programs to offer to reimburse the child care provider via a direct deposit transfer into the child care provider’s financial institution account. The bill would require, beginning July 1, 2018, alternative payment programs to provide written notice to a child care provider of any changes to service, as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8227.4 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8227.4.
  (a) On or before January 1, 2019, alternative payment programs shall develop an electronic time sheet process, for the monthly attendance record or invoices required pursuant to Section 8221.5, in order for a child care provider to record hours of care for purposes of receiving state subsidies. The electronic time sheet process shall include a method for a digital signature for both the child care provider and the parent or authorized signatory.
(b) Beginning January 2, 2019, alternative payment programs shall offer the electronic time sheet process to child care providers.
(c) This section does not require a child care provider to use the electronic time sheet process. The child care provider may continue to complete a paper time sheet if it so chooses.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8227.6 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8227.6.
 Beginning January 1, 2019, alternative payment programs shall offer to reimburse the child care provider, pursuant to Section 8222, via a direct deposit transfer into the child care provider’s account at a financial institution. This section does not require a child care provider to accept direct deposit transfer methods.

SEC. 3.

 Section 8227.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8227.7.
 Beginning July 1, 2018, alternative payment programs shall provide written notice to a child care provider, at the same time it notifies a parent, of a change in eligibility for child care services, including, but not limited to, a change in the hours of care, rates, or schedules. For purposes of this section, the notice shall occur both electronically and via the United States Postal Service.