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AB-2986 Family childcare home education networks.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation to do all of the following:
(a) Bring all family childcare home education network providers under the same reimbursement rate structure to achieve all of the following:
(1) Compensate all family childcare home education network providers for the true cost of providing care by reimbursing them at rates that reflect the economic diversity of California.
(2) Recognize the costs of meeting varying standards and regulations.
(3) Strengthen the ability of the state’s mixed delivery system to provide quality early learning options.
(b) Compensate all family childcare home education network providers based on the regional market rate and structure contracts to ensure that 70 percent is used for provider payments and 30 percent is used to achieve the program goals.
(c) (1) Establish a family childcare home education network pilot program using one-time funding to establish and provide supportive services in state-funded child development programs that optimize the ability of family childcare home education network providers to meet the diverse needs of children and families, including by engaging parents, as outlined in the Final Report by the California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education.
(2) Ensure that the supportive system pilot program for family childcare home education networks described in paragraph (1) would ensure all of the following services:
(A) Immunizations.
(B) Physical exams.
(C) Medical and dental health screenings.
(D) Nutrition services.
(E) Mental health supports.
(F) Education supports for parents, such as assistance in improving parents’ literacy to support positive economic outcomes for parents and learning outcomes for children.
(G) Developmental screenings.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8245 of the Education Code is amended to read:

8245.
 (a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction,  Superintendent,  with funds appropriated for this purpose, shall contract with entities organized under law  authorized entities  to operate family child care  childcare  home education networks that support educational objectives for children in licensed family child care  childcare  homes that serve families eligible for subsidized child care. childcare. 
(b) Family child care  childcare  home education network programs shall include, but are not limited to, all of the following:
(1) Age Age-appropriate  and developmentally appropriate activities for children.
(2) Care and supervision of children.
(3) Parenting education.
(4) Identification of child and family social or health needs and referral of the child or the family to the appropriate social or health services.
(5) Nutrition. Nutrition education and training. 
(6) Training and support for the family child care home education  network’s family childcare  home providers and staff.
(7) Assessment of each family child care  childcare  home provider to ensure that services are of high quality and are educationally and developmentally appropriate. Tools used to make an assessment shall be appropriate to family childcare home settings. 
(8) Developmental profiles for children enrolled in the program.
(9) Parent involvement. Maintenance of a folder, known as a developmental portfolio, for each child that includes, among other things, a child’s work product and observations of the child. 
(10) Opportunities for parent involvement.

SEC. 3.

 Section 8246 of the Education Code is amended to read:

8246.
 Each (a)  A  family child care  childcare  home education network contractor, in addition to the requirements set forth in subdivision (b) of Section 8245, shall do all of the following:
(a) (1)  Recruit, enroll, and certify eligible families.
(b) (2)  Recruit, train, support, and reimburse licensed family childcare  home providers.
(c) (3)  Collect  Ensure collection of  family fees in accordance with contract requirements.
(4) Develop and implement a plan for timely payment to providers.
(d) (5)  Assess, according to standards set by the department, the educational quality of the program offered in each family child care  childcare  home in the network. network using assessment tools that are appropriate to family childcare home settings. 
(e) (6)  Assure that  Complete  a developmental profile is completed  for each child based upon observations of network staff, and  in consultation with the provider. accordance with the provider’s observations, by doing at least both of the following: 
(A) In consultation with the provider, completing the developmental child assessment profile selected by the department. The contractor’s child development specialist shall sign the developmental profile.
(B) Using the developmental portfolio, as described in paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245, maintained by the provider, including provider observations of each child.
(7) Conduct a parent survey as directed by the department.
(8) Ensure that parent conferences are offered to the parent of each enrolled child. The parent may decline a parent conference.
(f) (9)  Monitor requirements, including quality standards, and conduct periodic assessments of program quality in each family child care home affiliated with the network. each family childcare home affiliated with the network to ensure that requirements are met, including, but not limited to, basic health, nutrition, and quality standards. 
(g) Ensure that basic health and nutrition requirements are met.
(h) (10)  Provide data and reporting in accordance with contract requirements.
(11) Conduct no less than six site visits to each affiliated provider in a program year for purposes of conducting assessments and providing technical assistance, training, and support.
(12) Support the affiliated providers in meeting the standards for program quality by reviewing, observing, and assessing the providers’ program components, and providing technical assistance, training, and coaching.
(13) Offer providers at least 12 hours annually of training and technical assistance in group or individual settings. Training may include, but is not limited to, the following:
(A) Age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate educational practices and activities for children.
(B) Appropriate care and supervision of children.
(C) Engaging parents in the program and providing parenting information on age-appropriate child development and activities.
(D) Menu planning and nutrition information.
(E) Provider and family communication.
(F) Understanding the developmental measures of the developmental profile child assessment instrument.
(G) Individualizing the provider’s program to meet the needs of each child in the provider’s care by using the results of the developmental profile.
(14) Employ at least one child development specialist who has educational qualifications equivalent to a child development teacher permit, to provide training, technical assistance, and coaching to providers. Notwithstanding any other law, family childcare home education network providers shall not be required to employ individuals with child development teacher permits.
(15) Maintain a signed, written agreement with each affiliated provider and an authorized representative of the family childcare home education network. The agreement shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
(A) The provider’s status as an independent contractor with the family childcare home education network.
(B) The provider’s nondiscrimination policy.
(C) The established reimbursement rates.
(b) A family childcare home education network contractor is not required to maintain a parent advisory committee.

SEC. 4.

 Section 8248 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8248.
 (a) A provider in a family childcare home education network shall adopt and use a curriculum or curricula, of the provider’s choosing, appropriate for the age range of children in the home.
(b) In order to ensure educational quality for children, the contractor may adopt a policy limiting the curricula acceptable within its network. The policy shall include not less than three curricula, and the contractor may approve provider-developed curricula if they are educational and appropriate for the age ranges of children in the homes.

SEC. 5.

 Section 8249 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8249.
 (a) A provider in a family childcare home education network shall do all of the following:
(1) Provide age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate educational activities for children.
(2) Provide care and supervision of children.
(3) Provide parenting education to parents. Parenting education may include, but is not limited to, general program information and formal or informal parent conferences and exchange of information about the development, needs, and skills of the parents’ child or children.
(4) Identify child and family social service or health needs, and share those needs with the contractor.
(5) Provide nutrition that is consistent with standards of the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program of the United States Department of Agriculture.
(6) Work in consultation with the contractor to complete the developmental profile for each child, including doing all of the following:
(A) In consultation with the contractor, complete the developmental profile child assessment instrument.
(B) Maintain a developmental portfolio, as described in paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245, for each child that includes items produced by the child. A copy of this portfolio shall be shared with the family childcare home education network contractor for purposes of department review.
(C) Maintain observations and other documentation of the child’s skills.
(D) Conduct or participate in parent conferences per contractor policies.
(7) Provide the contractor with copies of all citations issued to the provider by the Community Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services within five calendar days of the issuing date of the citation.
(8) Obtain no less than 12 hours of professional training per year, and maintain documentation of the training for three years. Training may include group or individual training provided by the contractor, or training provided by other qualified individuals or organizations.
(b) A provider may, but is not required to, encourage parent involvement in the provider’s family childcare home education network program.
(c) A provider is not required to maintain a parent advisory committee.