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AB-1106 Child care and development services: alternative payment programs: military families.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/04/2017 04:00 AM
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Revised  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1106


Introduced by Assembly Member Weber
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Maienschein, Cristina Garcia, and Grayson)
(Coauthor: Senator Dodd)

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 8220.1 of, and to add Section 8209.5 to, the Education Code, relating to child care.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1106, as amended, Weber. Child care and development services: alternative payment programs: military families.
The Child Care and Development Services Act, administered by the State Department of Education, provides that children from infancy to 13 years of age, age are eligible for federal and state subsidized child development services if their families meet at least one requirement in each of certain areas. The act requires the department to contract with local contracting agencies to provide for alternative payment programs, and authorizes alternative payment programs for services provided in licensed centers and family day care homes and for other types of programs that conform to applicable law. The act requires the department to expand existing alternative payment programs and fund new alternative payment programs to the extent that funds are provided by the Legislature.
This bill would require an alternative payment program program, with certain exceptions, to have no less than 36 months to expend funds allocated to that program in any fiscal year, and would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop a contracting process that provides alternative payment programs no less than 36 months to expend funds allocated to that program in any fiscal year.
This bill would require, for purposes of determining eligibility for services under the act, that the income of a person who is on state or federal active duty, active duty for special work, or Active Guard and Reserve duty in the military not include the amount of the basic allowance for housing pursuant to specified federal law, if the allowance is equal to the lowest rate of the allowance for the military housing area in which the person resides.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8220.1 of the Education Code is amended to read:

8220.1.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature that:
(1) Working and military families be supported with maximum access to child care and development programs that focus on stabilizing families and helping children realize greater education outcomes.
(2) Working and military families have access to the supportive services needed to ensure the healthy physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth and development of children.
(3) The Superintendent, in providing funding to child care and development agencies, promote a contracting term for services that will allow parents the opportunity to choose the type of care most suited to their needs.
(4) Working and military families achieve and maintain their personal, social, economic, and emotional stability through an opportunity to attain financial stability through employment and parental development while maximizing the growth and development of their children, and through enhancing their parenting skills through participation in child care and development programs.
(b) The department shall contract with local contracting agencies for alternative payment programs so that services will be provided throughout the state. The department shall expand existing alternative payment programs and fund new alternative payment programs to the extent that funds are provided by the Legislature.
(c) Funding for the new programs pursuant to this section shall be allocated to programs that meet all of the following requirements:
(1) Applicants shall conform to the requirements of this article.
(2) Applicants shall demonstrate that an alternative payment child development program is an appropriate method of delivering child care services within the county or service area at the level requested in the application by doing either of the following:
(A) Demonstrating the availability of sufficient licensed or exempt child care providers.
(B) Providing a plan for the development of sufficient licensed child care providers working in cooperation with the local resource and referral agency.
(3) Applicants shall demonstrate the administrative viability of the alternative payment agency and its capacity to meet performance requirements.
(4) Existing alternative payment child development programs receiving funds for expansion into a new service area shall be funded at a documented rate appropriate to that community and may contract separately as appropriate.
(d) (1) An Except as provided in paragraph (3), an alternative payment program shall have no less than 36 months to expend funds allocated to that program in any fiscal year.
(2) The Superintendent shall develop a contracting process that provides alternative payment programs no less than 36 months to expend funds allocated to that program in any fiscal year.
(3) Paragraphs (1) and (2) do not apply to contracts relating to the administration of child care services described in Sections 8353 and 8354.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8209.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8209.5.
 (a) For purposes of determining eligibility for services pursuant to this chapter, the income of a person who is on state or federal active duty, active duty for special work, or Active Guard and Reserve duty in the military shall not include the amount of the basic allowance for housing pursuant to Section 403 of Title 37 of the United States Code provided to that person if the allowance is equal to the lowest rate of the allowance for the military housing area in which the person resides.
(b) This section does not affect priority for federal and state subsidized child development services pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 8263.

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