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HB 1036 - Expands Voucher Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Providers - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Expands Voucher Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Providers

Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (Senate) (40-6) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Voucher Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Providers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that expands eligibility requirements for child care providers who receive vouchers from the federal Child Care and Development Fund.

Highlights:
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to write and comply with a policy describing how they maintain safety in their facility, grounds, and motor vehicles used to transport children (Sec. 3).
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to schedule and make available the following provisions to the children in their care (Sec. 3):
    • Provide daily, age and developmentally appropriate activities, including active play, quiet play, and outdoor play when health and weather permit it; 
    • Provide appropriately timed, nutritious meals and snacks; and
    • Provide constant access to drinking water.
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to follow standards established by the Division of Family Resources for group size and child to staff member ratios (Sec. 4).
  • Prohibits the standards established by the Division of Family Resources from addressing religious instruction or activities (Sec. 2).
  • Requires an individual employed or volunteering for any voucher-eligible child care provider to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education per year related to child safety, care, and education, unless the individual is a parent, guardian, or relative to each child in his or her care (Sec. 5).
  • Requires an individual employed or volunteering for any voucher-eligible child care provider to receive training on detecting and preventing child abuse within his or her first 3 months of work and to report any suspected child abuse or neglect of a child in his or her care (Secs. 5 & 6).
  • Authorizes the continuing education requirement for voucher-eligible child care providers to include the following topics (Sec. 5):
    • Training concerning the detection and prevention of child abuse as required by the provisions of this bill;
    • Training concerning cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and
    • Training concerning safe sleep practices.
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to notify the parent or legal guardian of a child and the division within the following timeframes if certain things occur while the child is in the provider’s care (Sec. 9):
    • The provider will notify the parent or legal guardian of a child immediately, and the division within 24 hours, if the child suffers a “bodily injury;”
    • The provider will notify the parent or legal guardian of a child immediately, and the division within 24 hours, if the child suffers a “serious bodily injury” that requires the care of a medical professional; and
    • The provider will notify the parent or legal guardian of a child and the division immediately if the child dies.
Legislation - Conference Report Adopted (House) (75-21) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Voucher Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Providers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt a conference report that expands eligibility requirements for child care providers who receive vouchers from the federal Child Care and Development Fund.

Highlights:
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to write and comply with a policy describing how they maintain safety in their facility, grounds, and motor vehicles used to transport children (Sec. 3).
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to schedule and make available the following provisions to the children in their care (Sec. 3):
    • Provide daily, age and developmentally appropriate activities, including active play, quiet play, and outdoor play when health and weather permit it; 
    • Provide appropriately timed, nutritious meals and snacks; and
    • Provide constant access to drinking water.
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to follow standards established by the Division of Family Resources for group size and child to staff member ratios (Sec. 4).
  • Prohibits the standards established by the Division of Family Resources from addressing religious instruction or activities (Sec. 2).
  • Requires an individual employed or volunteering for any voucher-eligible child care provider to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education per year related to child safety, care, and education, unless the individual is a parent, guardian, or relative to each child in his or her care (Sec. 5).
  • Requires an individual employed or volunteering for any voucher-eligible child care provider to receive training on detecting and preventing child abuse within his or her first 3 months of work and to report any suspected child abuse or neglect of a child in his or her care (Secs. 5 & 6).
  • Authorizes the continuing education requirement for voucher-eligible child care providers to include the following topics (Sec. 5):
    • Training concerning the detection and prevention of child abuse as required by the provisions of this bill;
    • Training concerning cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and
    • Training concerning safe sleep practices.
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to notify the parent or legal guardian of a child and the division within the following timeframes if certain things occur while the child is in the provider’s care (Sec. 9):
    • The provider will notify the parent or legal guardian of a child immediately, and the division within 24 hours, if the child suffers a “bodily injury;”
    • The provider will notify the parent or legal guardian of a child immediately, and the division within 24 hours, if the child suffers a “serious bodily injury” that requires the care of a medical professional; and
    • The provider will notify the parent or legal guardian of a child and the division immediately if the child dies.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (36-12) - (Key vote)

Title: Expands Voucher Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Providers

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands eligibility requirements for child care providers who receive vouchers from the federal Child Care and Development Fund.

Highlights:
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to develop a written policy that describes the following practices of the provider (Sec. 2):
    • Bathroom and hand washing requirements;
    • Safe conditions in the facility and on the grounds;
    • Nutrition, which includes the use of food provided by the child’s parent or guardian;
    • Daily Activities; and
    • Safety of the vehicles used to transport children.
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to follow the child per staff member ratio standards established by the Division of Family Resources (Sec. 3).
  • Requires an individual employed or volunteering for any voucher-eligible child care provider to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education per year related to child safety, care and education, unless the individual is a parent, guardian, or relative to each child in his or her care (Sec. 4).
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to immediately notify the parent or legal guardian of a child, and within 24 hours notify the division, if the following occur while the child is in the provider’s care (Sec. 8):
    • The child is injured and requires the care of a medical professional; or
    • The child dies.
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (71-24) - (Key vote)
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands eligibility requirements for child care providers who receive vouchers from the federal Child Care and Development Fund.

Highlights:
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to follow standards established by the Division of Family Resources, including, but not limited to, the following (Secs. 2 & 3):
    • Standards for group size;
    • Standards for child per staff member ratios;
    • Standards for nutrition; and
    • Standards for daily activities.
  • Prohibits the standards established by the division from addressing religious instruction or activities (Sec. 2).
  • Requires an individual employed or volunteering for any voucher-eligible child care provider to complete at least 12 hours of continuing education per year related to child safety, care and education, unless the individual is a parent, guardian, or relative to each child in his or her care (Sec. 4).
  • Requires an individual employed or volunteering for any voucher-eligible child care provider to receive training on detecting and preventing child abuse within his or her first 3 months of work and to report any suspected child abuse or neglect of a child in his or her care (Secs. 4 & 5).
  • Requires a voucher-eligible child care provider to immediately notify the parent or legal guardian of a child, and within 24 hours notify the division, if the following occur while the child is in the provider’s care (Sec. 8):
    • The child is injured and requires the care of a medical professional; or
    • The child dies.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Expands Voucher Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Providers

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