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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 1 GENERAL EDUCATION CODE PROVISIONS [1. - 32500]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 6. EDUCATION PROGRAMS—STATE MASTER PLANS [8006 - 9004]

  ( Part 6 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 2. Child Care and Development Services Act [8200 - 8498]

  ( Heading of Chapter 2 amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 798, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 10. Administration [8255 - 8264.8]
  ( Article 10 added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 798, Sec. 15. )

8255.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that the effectiveness of child care and development programs can be increased through improved state administration, technical assistance to provider agencies, and monitoring.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature:

(1) That the State Department of Education develop clear, consistent, and appropriate regulations for child care and development programs to replace policy guidelines which are not subject to the public hearing process, often inconsistent, and without the force of law.

(2) That the State Department of Education make better use of staff with direct field experience in child development programs.

(3) That better criteria be developed for the awarding, evaluating, and renewal of child care and development contracts.

(4) That improvements be made in the method of reimbursing child care and development program providers.

(5) That increased effort be made to provide program operators with technical assistance in meeting their contractual obligations.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1617, Sec. 1.)

8256.
  

The State Department of Education shall do all of the following:

(a) Establish a toll-free number for programs which receive funds from the state department pursuant to this chapter and which are in need of technical assistance to the extent that funds are made available for the purposes of this subdivision by Senate Bill 1674 of the 1984 portion of the 1983–84 Regular Session. This subdivision shall become inoperative on and after January 1, 1986.

(b) Gather information and act as a central clearinghouse on parenting materials.

(c) Develop procedures for annually evaluating the field services and the program support which is to be provided to the contracting agencies.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1617, Sec. 2.)

8257.
  

The department shall do all of the following in administering the provisions of this chapter:

(a) Apply sanctions against contracting agencies that have serious licensing violations, as defined and reported by the State Department of Social Services pursuant to Section 1597.11 of the Health and Safety Code.

(b) Except in the case of immediate terminations taken pursuant to Sections 8406.7 or 8406.9, provide 90 days’ written notification to any contractor whose agreement is being terminated. Notwithstanding Article 18 (commencing with Section 8400), the department shall establish procedures for placing a contractor whose agreement is being terminated into receivership. Action to initiate receivership shall be at the discretion of the department, and may be taken against a contractor whose agreement is being terminated either immediately or within 90 days. The receiver shall not be a department employee. The receiver shall have sufficient experience in the administration of child care and development programs to ensure compliance with the terms of the receivership.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 249, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8258.
  

(a) No person employed by the State Department of Education in a policymaking position in the area of child care and development programs shall serve as a member of the board of directors, advisory council, or advisory committee for any agency receiving funds pursuant to this chapter. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to any person appointed prior to January 1, 1985.

(b) No retired, dismissed, separated, or formerly employed person of the state department employed under the State Civil Service or otherwise appointed to serve in the state department may enter into a contract pursuant to Section 8262 in which he or she engaged in any of the negotiations, transactions, planning, arrangements, or any part of the decisionmaking process relevant to the contract while employed in any capacity by the state department. The prohibition contained in this subdivision shall apply to the person only during the two-year period beginning on the date the person left state employment.

(c) For a period of 12 months following the date of his or her retirement, dismissal, or separation from state service, no person employed under State Civil Service or otherwise appointed to serve in the state department may enter into a contract pursuant to Section 8262 if he or she was employed by the department in a policymaking position in the area of child care and development programs within the 12-month period prior to his or her retirement, dismissal, or separation.

(d) For a period of 12 months following the date of his or her retirement, dismissal, or separation from state service, no person employed under State Civil Service or otherwise appointed to serve in the department may be employed by a contractor pursuant to Section 8262 if he or she engaged in any of the negotiations, transactions, planning, arrangements, or any part of the decisionmaking process relevant to the contract while employed in any capacity by the department.

(e) The provisions of subdivisions (b), (c), and (d) shall not apply to any persons who were already in the situations described by these subdivisions prior to January 1, 1985.

(Added by Stats. 1984, Ch. 1617, Sec. 4.)

8260.
  

The Department of Education shall develop and coordinate resources, provide technical assistance, monitor program implementation, generate maximum federal reimbursement wherever possible for the federally eligible children, and facilitate alternative funding for those children for whom federal funds are not available.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 798, Sec. 15. Effective July 28, 1980.)

8261.
  

(a) The Superintendent shall adopt rules and regulations pursuant to this chapter. The rules and regulations shall include, but not be limited to, provisions that do all of the following:

(1) Provide clear guidelines for the selection of agencies when child development contracts are let, including, but not limited to, specification that any agency headquartered in the proposed service area on January 1, 1985, will be given priority for a new contract in that area, unless the department makes a written determination that (A) the agency is not able to deliver the level of services specified in the request for proposal, or (B) the department has notified the agency that it is not in compliance with the terms of its contract.

(2) Provide for a contract monitoring system to ensure that agencies expend funds received pursuant to this chapter in accordance with the provisions of their contracts.

(3) Specify adequate standards of agency performance.

(4) Establish reporting requirements for service reports, including provisions for varying the frequency with which these reports are to be submitted on the basis of agency performance.

(5) Specify standards for withholding payments to agencies that fail to submit required fiscal reports.

(6) Set forth standards for department site visits to contracting agencies, including, but not limited to, specification as to the purpose of the visits, the personnel that will perform these visits, and the frequency of these visits which shall be as frequently as staff and budget resources permit.

(7) Authorize the department to develop a process that requires every contracting agency to recompete for continued funding no less frequently than every five years.

(b) The Superintendent shall consult with the State Department of Social Services with respect to rules and regulations adopted relative to the disbursal of federal funds under Title XX of the federal Social Security Act.

(c) For purposes of expediting the implementation of state or federal legislation to expand child care services, the Superintendent may waive (1) the regulations regarding the point qualifications for, and the process and scoring of, interviews of contract applicants pursuant to Section 18002 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, or (2) the time limitations for scheduling and notification of appeal hearings and their results pursuant to Section 18003 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. The Superintendent shall ensure that the appeal hearings provided for in Section 18003 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations are conducted in a timely manner.

(d) (1) Child care and development programs operated under contract from funds made available pursuant to the federal Child Care and Development Fund shall be administered according to Chapter 19 (commencing with Section 17906) of Division 1 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, unless provisions of these regulations conflict with federal regulations. If state and federal regulations conflict, the federal regulations shall apply unless a waiver of federal regulations is authorized.

(2) For purposes of this section, “Child Care and Development Fund” has the same meaning as in Section 98.2 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 186, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2017.)

8261.5.
  

For purposes of meeting state and federal reporting requirements and for the effective administration of child care and development programs, the Superintendent of Public Instruction is authorized to require the collection and submission of social security numbers of heads of households, and other information as required, from public and private agencies contracting with the State Department of Education pursuant to this chapter, including local educational agencies.

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 646, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2000.)

8262.
  

Notwithstanding Sections 14616 and 14780 of the Government Code, the Superintendent of Public Instruction may enter into and execute local contractual agreements with any public or private entity or agency for the delivery of child care and development services or the furnishing of property, facilities, personnel, supplies, equipment, and administrative services related to the delivery of child care development services. Prior to entering into or executing a local agreement, the State Department of Education shall obtain annual approval from the Department of General Services and the Department of Finance as to the form and general content thereof. The agreements may only be made for the delivery of child care and development services, or the furnishing of property, facilities, personnel, supplies, equipment, or administrative services related thereto, which conform with the provisions of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 196, Sec. 3. Effective July 29, 1991.)

8262.1.
  

Contractors operating or providing services pursuant to this chapter may do both of the following:

(a) (1) Maintain records electronically, in compliance with state and federal standards, as determined by the department. A conversion from a paper record to an electronic format, as well as the storage of the electronic record, shall comply with the minimum standards described in Section 12168.7 of the Government Code and the standards for trustworthy electronic document or record preservation described in Chapter 15 (commencing with Section 22620.1) of Division 7 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations.

(2) Pursuant to Section 33421, the records shall be retained by each contractor for at least five years, or, where an audit has been requested by a state agency, until the date the audit is resolved, whichever is longer.

(3) This subdivision does not require a contractor to create records electronically.

(b) (1) Use a digital signature that complies with state and federal standards, as determined by the department, that may be a marking that is either computer generated or produced by electronic means and is intended by the signatory to have the same effect as a handwritten signature.

(2) The use of a digital signature shall have the same force and effect as the use of a manual signature if the requirements for the digital signatures and their acceptable technology, as provided in Section 16.5 of the Government Code and in Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 22000) of Division 7 of Title 2 of the California Code of Regulations, are satisfied.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 324, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2017.)

8262.2.
  

Contractors operating or providing services pursuant to this chapter may use digital forms to allow families to apply for services, if those forms comply with state and federal standards.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 15, Sec. 8. Effective June 27, 2017.)

8262.3.
  

On and after the date on which the Superintendent determines that the Financial Information System for California (Fi$Cal Project) has been implemented within the department, at the request of a contractor, for a contract executed by the department pursuant to Section 8262, the department shall request the Controller to make a payment via direct deposit by electronic funds transfer through the Fi$Cal Project into the contractor’s account at the financial institution of the contractor’s choice.

(Added by Stats. 2013, Ch. 733, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 2014.)

8262.5.
  

(a) In contract transfer situations in programs funded pursuant to this chapter, the Superintendent of Public Instruction may grant a certificate of operation to child care and development facilities pursuant to this section.

(b) For purposes of maintaining continuity of services to children and receipt of state and federal child nutrition and child development funding, the superintendent may grant a certificate of operation to any child care and development facility which meets all of the following conditions:

(1) The superintendent, or his or her designee, has visited the facility and verified, in writing, to the State Department of Social Services licensing agency that the facility has no deficiencies at the time of granting the certificate of operation which would endanger the physical health, mental health, safety, or welfare of the children.

(2) Without a certificate of operation in lieu of a license from the State Department of Social Services, the facility would be ineligible to receive state and federal child nutrition or child development funds.

(c) A facility issued a certificate of operation pursuant to this section shall be deemed to be operating under licensing standards for child care and development facilities specified by Chapters 3.4 (commencing with Section 1596.70), 3.5 (commencing with Section 1596.90), and 3.6 (commencing with Section 1597.30) of Division 2 of the Health and Safety Code and by Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations for the term specified on the certificate.

(d) A facility granted a certificate of operation shall submit a completed license application to the State Department of Social Services within 15 working days of the issuance of the certificate of operation. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the cancellation of the certificate of operation. The certificate of operation shall expire upon the issuance or denial of a license by the State Department of Social Services.

(Amended by Stats. 1992, Ch. 1113, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1993.)

8263.
  

(a) (1) The Superintendent shall adopt rules and regulations on eligibility, enrollment, and priority of services needed to implement this chapter. In order to be eligible for federal and state subsidized child development services, families shall meet at least one requirement in each of the following areas:

(A) A family is (i) a current aid recipient, (ii) income eligible, (iii) homeless, or (iv) one whose children are recipients of protective services, or whose children have been identified as being abused, neglected, or exploited, or at risk of being abused, neglected, or exploited.

(B) A family needs the child care services (i) because the child is identified by a legal, medical, or social services agency, a local educational agency liaison for homeless children and youths designated pursuant to Section 11432(g)(1)(J)(ii) of Title 42 of the United States Code, a Head Start program, or an emergency or transitional shelter as (I) a recipient of protective services, (II) being neglected, abused, or exploited, or at risk of neglect, abuse, or exploitation, or (III) being homeless or (ii) because the parents are (I) engaged in vocational training leading directly to a recognized trade, paraprofession, or profession, (II) employed or seeking employment, (III) seeking permanent housing for family stability, or (IV) incapacitated.

(2) If only one parent has signed an application for enrollment in child care services, as required by this chapter or regulations adopted to implement this chapter, and the information provided on the application indicates that there is a second parent who has not signed the application, the parent who has signed the application shall self-certify the presence or absence of the second parent under penalty of perjury. The parent who has signed the application shall not be required to submit additional information documenting the presence or absence of the second parent.

(b) Except as provided in Article 15.5 (commencing with Section 8350), priority for federal and state subsidized child development services is as follows:

(1) First priority shall be given to neglected or abused children who are recipients of child protective services, or children who are at risk of being neglected or abused, upon written referral from a legal, medical, or social services agency. If an agency is unable to enroll a child in the first priority category, the agency shall refer the family to local resource and referral services to locate services for the child.

(2) Second priority shall be given equally to eligible families, regardless of the number of parents in the home, who are income eligible. Within this priority, families with the lowest gross monthly income in relation to family size, as determined by a schedule adopted by the Superintendent, shall be admitted first. If two or more families are in the same priority in relation to income, the family that has a child with exceptional needs shall be admitted first. If there is no family of the same priority with a child with exceptional needs, the same priority family that has been on the waiting list for the longest time shall be admitted first. For purposes of determining order of admission, the grants of public assistance recipients shall be counted as income.

(3) The Superintendent shall set criteria for, and may grant specific waivers of, the priorities established in this subdivision for agencies that wish to serve specific populations, including children with exceptional needs or children of prisoners. These new waivers shall not include proposals to avoid appropriate fee schedules or admit ineligible families, but may include proposals to accept members of special populations in other than strict income order, as long as appropriate fees are paid.

(c) Notwithstanding any other law, in order to promote continuity of services, a family enrolled in a state or federally funded child care and development program whose services would otherwise be terminated because the family no longer meets the program income, eligibility, or need criteria may continue to receive child development services in another state or federally funded child care and development program if the contractor is able to transfer the family’s enrollment to another program for which the family is eligible before the date of termination of services or to exchange the family’s existing enrollment with the enrollment of a family in another program, provided that both families satisfy the eligibility requirements for the program in which they are being enrolled. The transfer of enrollment may be to another program within the same administrative agency or to another agency that administers state or federally funded child care and development programs.

(d) A physical examination and evaluation, including age-appropriate immunization, shall be required before, or within six weeks of, enrollment. A standard, rule, or regulation shall not require medical examination or immunization for admission to a child care and development program of a child whose parent or guardian files a letter with the governing board of the child care and development program stating that the medical examination or immunization is contrary to his or her religious beliefs, or provide for the exclusion of a child from the program because of a parent or guardian having filed the letter. However, if there is good cause to believe that a child is suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease, the child shall be temporarily excluded from the program until the governing board of the child care and development program is satisfied that the child is not suffering from that contagious or infectious disease.

(e) Regulations formulated and promulgated pursuant to this section shall include the recommendations of the State Department of Health Care Services relative to health care screening and the provision of health care services. The Superintendent shall seek the advice and assistance of these health authorities in situations where service under this chapter includes or requires care of children who are ill or children with exceptional needs.

(f) The Superintendent shall establish guidelines for the collection of employer-sponsored child care benefit payments from a parent whose child receives subsidized child care and development services. These guidelines shall provide for the collection of the full amount of the benefit payment, but not to exceed the actual cost of child care and development services provided, notwithstanding the applicable fee based on the fee schedule.

(g) The Superintendent shall establish guidelines according to which the director or a duly authorized representative of the child care and development program will certify children as eligible for state reimbursement pursuant to this section.

(h) (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (2) to (4), inclusive, upon establishing initial eligibility or ongoing eligibility for services under this chapter, a family shall be considered to meet all eligibility and need requirements for those services for not less than 12 months, shall receive those services for not less than 12 months before having their eligibility or need recertified, and shall not be required to report changes to income or other changes for at least 12 months.

(2) A family that establishes initial eligibility or ongoing eligibility on the basis of income shall report increases in income that exceed the threshold for ongoing income eligibility as described in subdivision (b) of Section 8263.1, and the family’s ongoing eligibility for services shall at that time be recertified.

(3) A family that establishes initial eligibility or ongoing eligibility on the basis of seeking employment shall receive services under this chapter as follows:

(A) If seeking employment is the basis for initial eligibility, the family shall receive services under this chapter for not less than six months.

(B) If, at the time of recertification, the only basis established for ongoing eligibility is a parent’s need to seek employment, the family shall receive services for no less than six months.

(4) A family may at any time voluntarily report income or other changes. This information shall be used, as applicable, to reduce the family’s fees, increase the family’s services, or extend the period of the family’s eligibility before recertification.

(i) (1) Because a family that meets eligibility requirements at its most recent eligibility certification or recertification is considered eligible until the next recertification, as provided in subdivision (h), a payment made by a child development program for a child during this period shall not be considered an error or an improper payment due to a change in the family’s circumstances during that same period.

(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), the Superintendent or his or her designated agent may seek to recover payments that are the result of fraud.

(j) (1) Notwithstanding the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code) and Section 33308.5 of this code, until regulations are filed with the Secretary of State to implement subdivision (h), the department shall implement subdivision (h) through management bulletins or similar letters of instruction on or before October 1, 2017.

(2) The department shall initiate a rulemaking action to implement subdivision (h) on or before December 31, 2018. The department shall convene a workgroup of parents, advocates, department staff, child development program representatives, and other stakeholders to develop recommendations regarding implementing subdivision (h).

(k) Public funds shall not be paid directly or indirectly to an agency that does not pay at least the minimum wage to each of its employees.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 15, Sec. 9. Effective June 27, 2017.)

8263.1.
  

(a) For purposes of establishing initial income eligibility for services under this chapter, “income eligible” means that a family’s adjusted monthly income is at or below 70 percent of the state median income, adjusted for family size, as specified in subdivision (c).

(b) For purposes of establishing ongoing income eligibility under this chapter, “ongoing income eligible” means that a family’s adjusted monthly income is at or below 85 percent of the state median income, adjusted for family size, as specified in subdivision (c).

(c) The Department of Finance shall calculate the state median income for family sizes of one to four, inclusive, by using the most recent census data available on state median family income in the past 12 months by family size. The Department of Finance shall calculate the state median income for family sizes of five and above by using the most recent census data for a family of four and multiplying this number by the ratios for the appropriate family size used in the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (42 U.S.C. Sec. 8621 et seq.) and specified in federal regulations at paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) of subdivision (b) of Section 96.85 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The Department of Finance shall update its calculations of the state median income for families according to the methodology provided in this subdivision and provide the updated data to the department no later than March 1 of each fiscal year.

(d) 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 and Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12000) of Part 3 of Division 9 of the Welfare and Institutions Code shall not be included as income for purposes of determining eligibility for child care under this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 250, Sec. 1. Effective September 16, 2017.)

8263.2.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other law, effective July 1, 2011, the department shall reduce the maximum reimbursable amounts of the contracts for the Preschool Education Program, the General Child Care Program, the Migrant Day Care Program, the Alternative Payment Program, the CalWORKs Stage 3 Program, and the Allowance for Handicapped Program by 11 percent or by whatever proportion is necessary to ensure that expenditures for these programs do not exceed the amounts appropriated for them, including any reductions made subsequent to the adoption of the annual Budget Act. The department may consider the contractor’s performance or whether the contractor serves children in underserved areas as defined in subdivision (ag) of Section 8208 when determining contract reductions, provided that the aggregate reduction to each program specified in this subdivision is 11 percent or by whatever proportion is necessary to ensure that expenditures for these programs do not exceed the amounts appropriated for them, including any reductions made subsequent to the adoption of the annual Budget Act.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, effective July 1, 2011, families shall be disenrolled from subsidized child care services, consistent with the priorities for services specified in subdivision (b) of Section 8263. Families shall be disenrolled in the following order:

(1) Families whose income exceeds 70 percent of the state median income (SMI) adjusted for family size, except for families whose children are receiving child protective services or are at risk of being neglected or abused.

(2) Families with the highest income below 70 percent of the SMI, in relation to family size.

(3) Families that have the same income and have been enrolled in child care services the longest.

(4) Families that have the same income and have a child with exceptional needs.

(5) Families whose children are receiving child protective services or are at risk of being neglected or abused, regardless of family income.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 43, Sec. 8. Effective June 30, 2011.)

8263.3.
  

(a) Notwithstanding any other law, and in addition to any reductions applied pursuant to Section 8263.2, effective July 1, 2012, the department shall reduce the maximum reimbursable amounts of the contracts for the General Child Care Program, the Migrant Day Care Program, the Alternative Payment Program, the CalWORKs Stage 3 Program, and the Allowance for Handicapped Program by 8.7 percent or by whatever proportion is necessary to ensure that expenditures for these programs do not exceed the amounts appropriated for them, as adjusted for any reductions in appropriations made subsequent to the adoption of the annual Budget Act. The department may consider the contractor’s performance or whether the contractor serves children in underserved areas as defined in subdivision (ag) of Section 8208 when determining contract reductions, provided that the aggregate reduction to each program specified in this subdivision is 8.7 percent or whatever proportion is necessary to ensure that expenditures for these programs do not exceed the amounts appropriated for them, as adjusted for any reductions in appropriations made subsequent to the adoption of the annual Budget Act.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law, effective July 1, 2012, families shall be disenrolled from subsidized child care services, consistent with the priorities for services specified in subdivision (b) of Section 8263. Families shall be disenrolled in the following order:

(1) Families with the highest income in relation to family size.

(2) Families that have the same income and have been enrolled in child care services the longest.

(3) Families that have the same income and have a child with exceptional needs.

(4) Families whose children are receiving child protective services or are at risk of being neglected or abused, regardless of family income.

(Added by Stats. 2012, Ch. 38, Sec. 20. Effective June 27, 2012.)

8263.4.
  

(a) The preferred placement for children who are 11 or 12 years of age and who are otherwise eligible for subsidized child care and development services shall be in a before or after school program.

(b) Children who are 11 or 12 years of age shall be eligible for subsidized child care services only for the portion of care needed that is not available in a before or after school program provided pursuant to Article 22.5 (commencing with Section 8482) or Article 22.6 (commencing with Section 8484.7). Contractors shall provide each family of an eligible 11 or 12 year old with the option of combining care provided in a before or after school program with subsidized child care in another setting, for those hours within a day when the before or after school program does not operate, in order to meet the child care needs of the family.

(c) Children who are 11 or 12 years of age, who are eligible for and who are receiving subsidized child care services, and for whom a before or after school program is not available, shall continue to receive subsidized child care services.

(d) If an 11 or 12 year old child who is enrolled in a subsidized child development program becomes ineligible for subsidized child care under subdivision (b) and is disenrolled from the before or after school program, or if the before or after school program no longer meets the child care needs of the family, the child shall be given priority to return to the subsidized child care services upon the parent’s notification of the contractor of the need for child care.

(e) This section does not apply to an 11 or 12 year old child with a disability, including a child with exceptional needs who has an individualized education program as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1400 et seq.), Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794), or Part 30 (commencing with Section 56000) of Division 4 of Title 2.

(f) The savings generated each contract year by the implementation of the changes made to this section by the act amending this section during the 2005–06 Regular Session shall remain with each alternative payment program, child development center, or other contractor for the provision of child care services, except for care provided by programs pursuant to Article 15.5 (commencing with Section 8350).

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 460, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2015.)

8264.
  

By July 1, 1981, and annually thereafter, the State Department of Health Services shall provide a mechanism for the delivery of health screening and followup services for children enrolled in child care and development programs for whom there are no appropriate health services accessible by referral.

(Added by Stats. 1980, Ch. 798, Sec. 15. Effective July 28, 1980.)

8264.5.
  

The Superintendent may waive or modify child development requirements in order to enable child development programs to serve combinations of eligible children in areas of low population. The child development programs for which the Superintendent may grant waivers shall include, but need not be limited to, California state preschool full-day programs, child care provided by the California School Age Families Education Program (Article 7.1 (commencing with Section 54740) of Chapter 9 of Part 29 of Division 4 of Title 2), infant care and development services, migrant child care and development programs, and general child care and development programs.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 308, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2009. Operative July 1, 2009, by Sec. 11 of Ch. 308.)

8264.6.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction may provide outreach services and technical assistance to new child care contracting agencies and to those providing child care during nontraditional times, in underserved geographic areas, and for children with special child care needs, including infants and toddlers under three years of age.

(Added by renumbering Section 8285.1 by Stats. 2004, Ch. 896, Sec. 16. Effective September 29, 2004.)

8264.7.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall establish rules and regulations for the staffing of all center-based child care and development programs under contract with the department.

Priority shall be given by the department to the employment of persons in child development programs with ethnic backgrounds which are similar to those of the child for whom child development services are provided.

For purposes of staffing child care and development programs, the role of a teacher in child supervision means direct supervision of the children as well as supervision of aides and groups of children.

Family child care homes shall operate pursuant to adult/child ratios prescribed in Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 86001) of Division 6 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.

Approval by the Superintendent of Public Instruction of any ongoing or new programs seeking to operate under the ratios and standards established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction under this chapter shall be based upon the following considerations:

(a) The type of facility in which care is being or is to be provided.

(b) The ability of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to implement a funding source change.

(c) The proportion of nonsubsidized children enrolled or to be enrolled by the agency.

(d) The most cost-effective ratios possible for the type of services provided or to be provided by the agency.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall apply for such waivers of federal requirements as are necessary to carry out this section.

(Added by renumbering Section 8287 by Stats. 2004, Ch. 896, Sec. 18. Effective September 29, 2004.)

8264.8.
  

Until the Superintendent of Public Instruction promulgates regulations for center-based programs establishing staffing ratios, the following staffing ratios shall apply:

(a) Infants, 0 to 2 years old—1:3 adult-child ratio, 1:18 teacher-child ratio.

(b) Infants and toddlers, 0 to 2 years old—1:4 adult-child ratio, 1:16 teacher-child ratio.

(c) Children 3 to 6 years old—1:8 adult-child ratio, 1:24 teacher-child ratio.

(d) Children 6 to 10 years old—1:14 adult-child ratio, 1:28 teacher-child ratio.

(e) Children 10 to 13 years old—1:18 adult-child ratio, 1:36 teacher-child ratio.

(f) If groups of children of varying ages are commingled, the teacher and adult ratios shall be proportionate and appropriate to the ages and groups of children.

(Added by renumbering Section 8288 by Stats. 2004, Ch. 896, Sec. 19. Effective September 29, 2004.)

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