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SF 2165

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/27/2019 09:13am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to early childhood; governing early care and education program
requirements, including evaluation of the quality rating and improvement system,
implementation outreach, universal identifier requirements, and data practices;
establishing an early care and education coordination task force; making technical
changes; appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 13.321,
by adding a subdivision; 13.3806, by adding a subdivision; 13.46, subdivision 2;
13.461, by adding a subdivision; 124D.142; 124D.162; proposing coding for new
law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 119A.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.321, is amended by adding a subdivision
to read:


new text begin Subd. 12. new text end

new text begin Early childhood programs. new text end

new text begin Data relating to universal identifiers in certain
early childhood care and education programs are governed by section 119A.70.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.3806, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 23. new text end

new text begin Family home visiting programs. new text end

new text begin Data relating to universal identifiers in
family home visiting programs under section 145A.17 are governed by section 119A.70.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.46, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

General.

(a) Data on individuals collected, maintained, used, or disseminated
by the welfare system are private data on individuals, and shall not be disclosed except:

(1) according to section 13.05;

(2) according to court order;

(3) according to a statute specifically authorizing access to the private data;

(4) to an agent of the welfare system and an investigator acting on behalf of a county,
the state, or the federal government, including a law enforcement person or attorney in the
investigation or prosecution of a criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding relating to the
administration of a program;

(5) to personnel of the welfare system who require the data to verify an individual's
identity; determine eligibility, amount of assistance, and the need to provide services to an
individual or family across programs; coordinate services for an individual or family;
evaluate the effectiveness of programs; assess parental contribution amounts; and investigate
suspected fraud;

(6) to administer federal funds or programs;

(7) between personnel of the welfare system working in the same program;

(8) to the Department of Revenue to assess parental contribution amounts for purposes
of section 252.27, subdivision 2a, administer and evaluate tax refund or tax credit programs
and to identify individuals who may benefit from these programs. The following information
may be disclosed under this paragraph: an individual's and their dependent's names, dates
of birth, Social Security numbers, income, addresses, and other data as required, upon
request by the Department of Revenue. Disclosures by the commissioner of revenue to the
commissioner of human services for the purposes described in this clause are governed by
section 270B.14, subdivision 1. Tax refund or tax credit programs include, but are not limited
to, the dependent care credit under section 290.067, the Minnesota working family credit
under section 290.0671, the property tax refund and rental credit under section 290A.04,
and the Minnesota education credit under section 290.0674;

(9) between the Department of Human Services, the Department of Employment and
Economic Development, and when applicable, the Department of Education, for the following
purposes:

(i) to monitor the eligibility of the data subject for unemployment benefits, for any
employment or training program administered, supervised, or certified by that agency;

(ii) to administer any rehabilitation program or child care assistance program, whether
alone or in conjunction with the welfare system;

(iii) to monitor and evaluate the Minnesota family investment program or the child care
assistance program by exchanging data on recipients and former recipients of food support,
cash assistance under chapter 256, 256D, 256J, or 256K, child care assistance under chapter
119B, medical programs under chapter 256B or 256L, or a medical program formerly
codified under chapter 256D; and

(iv) to analyze public assistance employment services and program utilization, cost,
effectiveness, and outcomes as implemented under the authority established in Title II,
Sections 201-204 of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.
Health records governed by sections 144.291 to 144.298 and "protected health information"
as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 160.103, and governed by Code
of Federal Regulations, title 45, parts 160-164, including health care claims utilization
information, must not be exchanged under this clause;

(10) to appropriate parties in connection with an emergency if knowledge of the
information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the individual or other individuals
or persons;

(11) data maintained by residential programs as defined in section 245A.02 may be
disclosed to the protection and advocacy system established in this state according to Part
C of Public Law 98-527 to protect the legal and human rights of persons with developmental
disabilities or other related conditions who live in residential facilities for these persons if
the protection and advocacy system receives a complaint by or on behalf of that person and
the person does not have a legal guardian or the state or a designee of the state is the legal
guardian of the person;

(12) to the county medical examiner or the county coroner for identifying or locating
relatives or friends of a deceased person;

(13) data on a child support obligor who makes payments to the public agency may be
disclosed to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to the extent necessary to determine
eligibility under section 136A.121, subdivision 2, clause (5);

(14) participant Social Security numbers and names collected by the telephone assistance
program may be disclosed to the Department of Revenue to conduct an electronic data
match with the property tax refund database to determine eligibility under section 237.70,
subdivision 4a
;

(15) the current address of a Minnesota family investment program participant may be
disclosed to law enforcement officers who provide the name of the participant and notify
the agency that:

(i) the participant:

(A) is a fugitive felon fleeing to avoid prosecution, or custody or confinement after
conviction, for a crime or attempt to commit a crime that is a felony under the laws of the
jurisdiction from which the individual is fleeing; or

(B) is violating a condition of probation or parole imposed under state or federal law;

(ii) the location or apprehension of the felon is within the law enforcement officer's
official duties; and

(iii) the request is made in writing and in the proper exercise of those duties;

(16) the current address of a recipient of general assistance may be disclosed to probation
officers and corrections agents who are supervising the recipient and to law enforcement
officers who are investigating the recipient in connection with a felony level offense;

(17) information obtained from food support applicant or recipient households may be
disclosed to local, state, or federal law enforcement officials, upon their written request, for
the purpose of investigating an alleged violation of the Food Stamp Act, according to Code
of Federal Regulations, title 7, section 272.1(c);

(18) the address, Social Security number, and, if available, photograph of any member
of a household receiving food support shall be made available, on request, to a local, state,
or federal law enforcement officer if the officer furnishes the agency with the name of the
member and notifies the agency that:

(i) the member:

(A) is fleeing to avoid prosecution, or custody or confinement after conviction, for a
crime or attempt to commit a crime that is a felony in the jurisdiction the member is fleeing;

(B) is violating a condition of probation or parole imposed under state or federal law;
or

(C) has information that is necessary for the officer to conduct an official duty related
to conduct described in subitem (A) or (B);

(ii) locating or apprehending the member is within the officer's official duties; and

(iii) the request is made in writing and in the proper exercise of the officer's official duty;

(19) the current address of a recipient of Minnesota family investment program, general
assistance, or food support may be disclosed to law enforcement officers who, in writing,
provide the name of the recipient and notify the agency that the recipient is a person required
to register under section 243.166, but is not residing at the address at which the recipient is
registered under section 243.166;

(20) certain information regarding child support obligors who are in arrears may be
made public according to section 518A.74;

(21) data on child support payments made by a child support obligor and data on the
distribution of those payments excluding identifying information on obligees may be
disclosed to all obligees to whom the obligor owes support, and data on the enforcement
actions undertaken by the public authority, the status of those actions, and data on the income
of the obligor or obligee may be disclosed to the other party;

(22) data in the work reporting system may be disclosed under section 256.998,
subdivision 7
;

(23) to the Department of Education for the purpose of matching Department of Education
student data with public assistance data to determine students eligible for free and
reduced-price meals, meal supplements, and free milk according to United States Code,
title 42, sections 1758, 1761, 1766, 1766a, 1772, and 1773;new text begin to match Department of Education
student data with public assistance data to determine students eligible for early learning
scholarships under section 124D.165;
new text end to allocate federal and state funds that are distributed
based on income of the student's family; and to verify receipt of energy assistance for the
telephone assistance plan;

(24) the current address and telephone number of program recipients and emergency
contacts may be released to the commissioner of health or a community health board as
defined in section 145A.02, subdivision 5, when the commissioner or community health
board has reason to believe that a program recipient is a disease case, carrier, suspect case,
or at risk of illness, and the data are necessary to locate the person;

(25) to other state agencies, statewide systems, and political subdivisions of this state,
including the attorney general, and agencies of other states, interstate information networks,
federal agencies, and other entities as required by federal regulation or law for the
administration of the child support enforcement program;

(26) to personnel of public assistance programs as defined in section 256.741, for access
to the child support system database for the purpose of administration, including monitoring
and evaluation of those public assistance programs;

(27) to monitor and evaluate the Minnesota family investment program by exchanging
data between the Departments of Human Services and Education, on recipients and former
recipients of food support, cash assistance under chapter 256, 256D, 256J, or 256K, child
care assistance under chapter 119B, medical programs under chapter 256B or 256L, or a
medical program formerly codified under chapter 256D;

(28) to evaluate child support program performance and to identify and prevent fraud
in the child support program by exchanging data between the Department of Human Services,
Department of Revenue under section 270B.14, subdivision 1, paragraphs (a) and (b),
without regard to the limitation of use in paragraph (c), Department of Health, Department
of Employment and Economic Development, and other state agencies as is reasonably
necessary to perform these functions;

(29) countiesnew text begin and the Department of Human Servicesnew text end operating child care assistance
programs under chapter 119B may disseminate data on program participants, applicants,
and providers to the commissioner of education;

(30) child support data on the child, the parents, and relatives of the child may be
disclosed to agencies administering programs under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social
Security Act, as authorized by federal law;

(31) to a health care provider governed by sections 144.291 to 144.298, to the extent
necessary to coordinate services;

(32) to the chief administrative officer of a school to coordinate services for a student
and family; data that may be disclosed under this clause are limited to name, date of birth,
gender, and address; or

(33) to county correctional agencies to the extent necessary to coordinate services and
diversion programs; data that may be disclosed under this clause are limited to name, client
demographics, program, case status, and county worker information.

(b) Information on persons who have been treated for drug or alcohol abuse may only
be disclosed according to the requirements of Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, sections
2.1 to 2.67.

(c) Data provided to law enforcement agencies under paragraph (a), clause (15), (16),
(17), or (18), or paragraph (b), are investigative data and are confidential or protected
nonpublic while the investigation is active. The data are private after the investigation
becomes inactive under section 13.82, subdivision 5, paragraph (a) or (b).

(d) Mental health data shall be treated as provided in subdivisions 7, 8, and 9, but are
not subject to the access provisions of subdivision 10, paragraph (b).

For the purposes of this subdivision, a request will be deemed to be made in writing if
made through a computer interface system.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 4.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 13.461, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:


new text begin Subd. 33. new text end

new text begin Child care assistance programs. new text end

new text begin Data relating to universal identifiers in child
care assistance programs under chapter 119B are governed by section 119A.70.
new text end

Sec. 5.

new text begin [119A.70] UNIVERSAL IDENTIFIER.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Definition. new text end

new text begin For purposes of this section, "commissioners" means the
commissioners of education, health, and human services.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Identifier established. new text end

new text begin By July 1, 2021, the commissioners must jointly
implement a universal identifier or similar cross referencing system that allows for
identification of individual children across programs.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Applicable programs. new text end

new text begin The universal identifier applies for a child participating
in one or more of the following:
new text end

new text begin (1) child care assistance programs under chapter 119B;
new text end

new text begin (2) early childhood developmental screening under section 121A.17;
new text end

new text begin (3) early childhood family education programs under section 124D.13;
new text end

new text begin (4) early learning scholarships under section 124D.165;
new text end

new text begin (5) family home visiting programs under section 145A.17;
new text end

new text begin (6) Head Start and Early Head Start programs under sections 119A.50 to 119A.545;
new text end

new text begin (7) kindergarten readiness assessment under section 124D.162;
new text end

new text begin (8) school readiness programs under sections 124D.15 and 124D.16; and
new text end

new text begin (9) voluntary prekindergarten programs under section 124D.151.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Purposes. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioners may only access private data disseminated
through a universal identifier to:
new text end

new text begin (1) provide coordinated early care and education service delivery, including through
family referrals and follow-up activities;
new text end

new text begin (2) reduce burdens on families and program participants;
new text end

new text begin (3) identify early care and education service gaps;
new text end

new text begin (4) eliminate unnecessary overlap or duplication of services;
new text end

new text begin (5) create efficiency in program administration;
new text end

new text begin (6) identify developmental outcomes for children; and
new text end

new text begin (7) evaluate the impacts and effectiveness of the programs under subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin (b) Personally identifiable data must not be used for the purposes specified in paragraph
(a), clauses (6) and (7).
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Data sharing; consent. new text end

new text begin (a) The commissioners must jointly develop a form
by which the parent or guardian of a child participating in an early care and education
program under subdivision 3 may consent to share private data. The consent form must
specify what data is being shared, what government entities will have access to the shared
data, and the purpose for the data sharing. The consenting parent or guardian may withdraw
consent, in writing, at any time.
new text end

new text begin (b) The ability of a parent or child to receive services is not affected by a refusal to give
consent under this subdivision.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Data sharing; authority. new text end

new text begin (a) The following private data on individuals may
be disseminated under this subdivision:
new text end

new text begin (1) educational data, as defined in section 13.32, subdivision 1, paragraph (a); and
new text end

new text begin (2) data collected, maintained, used, or disseminated by the welfare system as defined
in section 13.46, subdivision 1, paragraph (c).
new text end

new text begin (b) For the purposes specified in subdivision 4:
new text end

new text begin (1) the commissioner of education may disseminate to the commissioners of health and
human services private data relating to an individual's participation in the programs specified
in subdivision 3, clauses (2) to (4), and (6) to (9);
new text end

new text begin (2) the commissioner of health may disseminate to the commissioners of education and
human services private data relating to an individual's participation in family home visiting
programs under section 145A.17; and
new text end

new text begin (3) the commissioner of human services may disseminate to the commissioners of
education and health private data relating to an individual's participation in child care
assistance programs under chapter 119B.
new text end

new text begin (c) The commissioners may only access private data on an individual whose parent or
guardian has consented to share data as provided under subdivision 5.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 7. new text end

new text begin Data sharing; access; audit trail. new text end

new text begin (a) Each of the commissioners must establish
written procedures to ensure that department employees or independent contractors have
access to private data only if authorized. Each of the commissioners may authorize an
employee or independent contractor to access private data only if access is necessary to
fulfill official duties and meets the requirements of this section.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioners must implement a data audit trail. All actions in which private
data related to the universal identifier are entered, updated, accessed, shared, or disseminated
must be recorded in the data audit trail. Data contained in the audit trail are public to the
extent that the data are not otherwise classified by law.
new text end

Sec. 6.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.142, is amended to read:


124D.142 QUALITY RATING AND IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin System established. new text end

deleted text begin(a)deleted text end There is established a quality rating and
improvement system (QRIS) deleted text beginframeworkdeleted text endnew text begin, known as Parent Aware,new text end to ensure that Minnesota's
children have access to high-quality early learning and care programs in a range of settings
so that they are fully ready for kindergarten deleted text beginby 2020deleted text end. deleted text beginCreation of a
deleted text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin System components. new text end

new text beginThenew text end standards-based voluntary quality rating and
improvement system includes:

(1) quality opportunities in order to improve the educational outcomes of children so
that they are ready for schooldeleted text begin. Thedeleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (2) anew text end framework deleted text beginshall bedeleted text end based on the Minnesota quality rating system rating tool and
a common set of child outcome and program standards and informed by evaluation results;

deleted text begin (2)deleted text endnew text begin (3)new text end a tool to increase the number of publicly funded and regulated early learning and
care services in both public and private market programs that are high qualitydeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
new text end

new text begin (4) voluntary participation so thatnew text end if a program or provider chooses to participate, the
program or provider will be rated and may receive public funding associated with the ratingdeleted text begin.
The state shall develop a plan to link future early learning and care state funding to the
framework in a manner that complies with federal requirements
deleted text end; and

deleted text begin (3)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end tracking progress toward statewide access to high-quality early learning and care
programs, progress toward the number of low-income children whose parents can access
quality programs, and progress toward increasing the number of children who are fully
prepared to enter kindergarten.

deleted text begin (b) In planning a statewide quality rating and improvement system framework in
paragraph (a), the state shall use evaluation results of the Minnesota quality rating system
rating tool in use in fiscal year 2008 to recommend:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) a framework of a common set of child outcome and program standards for a voluntary
statewide quality rating and improvement system;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) a plan to link future funding to the framework described in paragraph (a), clause (2);
and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) a plan for how the state will realign existing state and federal administrative resources
to implement the voluntary quality rating and improvement system framework. The state
shall provide the recommendation in this paragraph to the early childhood education finance
committees of the legislature by March 15, 2011.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) Prior to the creation of a statewide quality rating and improvement system in paragraph
(a), the state shall employ the Minnesota quality rating system rating tool in use in fiscal
year 2008 in the original Minnesota Early Learning Foundation pilot areas and additional
pilot areas supported by private or public funds with its modification as a result of the
evaluation results of the pilot project.
deleted text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin System revision and improvement. new text end

new text begin Following each evaluation under
subdivision 4, and more frequently as appropriate, the commissioner of human services
must revise the quality rating and improvement system. Each revision following an evaluation
must address the evaluation results.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Evaluation. new text end

new text begin (a) By February 1, 2020, and by February 1 in every fourth year
thereafter, the commissioner of human services must arrange an independent evaluation of
the quality rating and improvement system's effectiveness and impact on (1) children's
progress toward school readiness, (2) quality of the early care and education system supply
and workforce, and (3) parents' ability to access and use meaningful information about early
care and education program quality.
new text end

new text begin (b) The evaluation must be performed by a consultant or staff from another agency. An
evaluator must have experience in program evaluation and must not be regularly involved
in implementation of the quality rating and improvement system.
new text end

new text begin (c) At a minimum, each evaluation must:
new text end

new text begin (1) analyze effectiveness of the quality rating and improvement system, including but
not limited to review of:
new text end

new text begin (i) whether quality indicators and measures used in the quality rating and improvement
system are consistent with evidence and research findings on early care and education
program quality; and
new text end

new text begin (ii) patterns or differences in observed quality of participating early care and education
programs in comparison to programs at other quality rating and improvement system star
rating levels and accounting for other factors;
new text end

new text begin (2) perform evidence-based assessment of children's developmental gains in ways that
are appropriate for children's linguistic and cultural backgrounds;
new text end

new text begin (3) analyze the extent to which differences in developmental gains among children
correspond to the star ratings of the early care and education programs;
new text end

new text begin (4) analyze accessibility for providers to participate in the quality rating and improvement
system, including ease of application and supports for a provider to receive or improve a
rating;
new text end

new text begin (5) examine the availability of providers throughout the state participating in the quality
rating and improvement system; and
new text end

new text begin (6) for the requirements specified in clauses (3) to (5), provide disaggregated findings
by:
new text end

new text begin (i) demographic factors, including geographic area, family income level, and racial and
ethnic groups;
new text end

new text begin (ii) type of associated program or mixed delivery combination, including early childhood
family education program, early learning scholarship program, basic sliding fee child care
assistance under section 119B.03, Head Start and Early Head Start, MFIP child care
assistance under section 119B.05, school readiness program, and voluntary prekindergarten
program;
new text end

new text begin (iii) type of provider, including family child care provider, child care center, Head Start
and Early Head Start, and school-based early childhood provider, grouped by whether or
not the provider holds a credential or is accredited; and
new text end

new text begin (iv) any other categories identified by the commissioner or entity performing the
evaluation.
new text end

Sec. 7.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 124D.162, is amended to read:


124D.162 KINDERGARTEN READINESS ASSESSMENT.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Implementation. new text end

The commissioner of education deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end implement
a kindergarten readiness assessment representative of incoming kindergartnersnew text begin to:
new text end

new text begin (1) identify preparedness of a child for success in school;
new text end

new text begin (2) inform instructional decision-making;
new text end

new text begin (3) improve understanding of connections between kindergarten readiness and later
academic achievement; and
new text end

new text begin (4) produce data that can assist in evaluation of the effectiveness of early childhood
programs
new text end.

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Assessment development. new text end

new text begin(a)new text end Thenew text begin measurement tools used fornew text end assessment
must benew text begin research based, developmentally appropriate, valid and reliable, aligned to the state
early childhood indicators of progress and kindergarten academic standards, and
new text end based on
the Department of Education Kindergarten Readiness Assessment at kindergarten entrance
study.

new text begin (b) The commissioner must provide districts with a process for measuring on a
comparable basis the kindergarten readiness of incoming kindergartners.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Reporting. new text end

new text begin Districts that use the commissioner-provided process must annually
report kindergarten readiness results under this section to the department in the form and
manner determined by the commissioner. The commissioner must publicly report
kindergarten readiness results as part of the performance reports required under section
120B.36 and consistent with section 120B.35, subdivision 3, paragraph (a), clause (2).
new text end

Sec. 8. new text beginEARLY CARE AND EDUCATION COORDINATION TASK FORCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Task force established. new text end

new text begin An Early Care and Education Coordination Task
Force is established to identify and examine methods to enhance administrative coordination
of the child care assistance programs under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 119B, and the early
learning scholarship program under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.165. The goal of the
task force is to identify ways to increase accountability and efficiency, reduce complexity
and fragmentation, and reduce burdens on both families and providers, through improved
coordination and program alignment.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Membership. new text end

new text begin The task force consists of the following members:
new text end

new text begin (1) the commissioner of human services or a designee;
new text end

new text begin (2) the commissioner of education or a designee;
new text end

new text begin (3) a representative appointed by the council under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.141;
new text end

new text begin (4) two early learning scholarship area administrators, of which one must be from outside
of the Twin Cities metropolitan area, appointed by the commissioner of education;
new text end

new text begin (5) a representative of school districts and school district employees, appointed by the
commissioner of education;
new text end

new text begin (6) two representatives from counties, of which one must be from outside of the Twin
Cities metropolitan area, appointed by the Association of Minnesota Counties;
new text end

new text begin (7) a representative from a federally recognized tribe, appointed by the Indian Affairs
Council under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.922;
new text end

new text begin (8) a representative from a Head Start program, appointed by the Minnesota Head Start
Association;
new text end

new text begin (9) a representative from a licensed child care center, appointed by the commissioner
of human services;
new text end

new text begin (10) a licensed family child care provider, appointed by the commissioner of human
services;
new text end

new text begin (11) an individual from a family who receives or has recently received assistance under
the MFIP child care assistance program, appointed by the commissioner of human services;
new text end

new text begin (12) an individual from a family who receives or has recently received assistance under
the basic sliding fee child care assistance program, appointed by the commissioner of human
services; and
new text end

new text begin (13) an individual from a family in which a child has recently received an early learning
scholarship, appointed by the commissioner of education.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Task force duties. new text end

new text begin The task force must:
new text end

new text begin (1) identify challenges and concerns among providers and among recipients of child
care assistance and early learning scholarships, and must be representative of perspectives
throughout the state and different racial, cultural, and ethnic groups;
new text end

new text begin (2) review and evaluate changes to align child care assistance and early learning
scholarship program quality and administration, including eligibility, billing, payment, and
child and family identification;
new text end

new text begin (3) analyze data sharing requirements and data privacy protections to meet task force
goals and recommendations;
new text end

new text begin (4) develop recommendations for a consolidated universal application process;
new text end

new text begin (5) review layering and duplication of funds;
new text end

new text begin (6) identify barriers to coordination due to federal requirements;
new text end

new text begin (7) develop preliminary estimates of costs and uses of funds for identified task force
options and recommendations;
new text end

new text begin (8) provide recommendations to the Departments of Human Services and Education and
to the legislature; and
new text end

new text begin (9) examine any other related program or policy changes that the task force identifies.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Administration. new text end

new text begin (a) Each appointing entity under subdivision 2 must make
appointments and notify the Department of Human Services by August 1, 2019.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of human services or the commissioner's designee must convene
the initial meeting of the task force no later than September 1, 2019. At the initial meeting,
the members of the task force must elect a chair or cochairs from among its task force
members.
new text end

new text begin (c) Upon request of the task force, the commissioners of human services and education
must provide data, information, meeting space, and administrative services, using existing
resources.
new text end

new text begin (d) The task force may accept gifts and grants if accepted on behalf of the state and
constitute donations to the Department of Human Services. Funds received under this
paragraph are appropriated to the commissioner of human services for purposes of the task
force.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Legislative report. new text end

new text begin By February 15, 2020, the task force must submit a report
to the members of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over early childhood, human
services, and education. At a minimum, the report must:
new text end

new text begin (1) provide an overview of the current child care assistance and early learning scholarship
programs;
new text end

new text begin (2) summarize the work of the task force and its findings;
new text end

new text begin (3) identify any impending or completed administrative changes as a result of task force
recommendations; and
new text end

new text begin (4) identify options or recommendations for other program changes, including but not
limited to proposed legislation.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 6. new text end

new text begin Expiration. new text end

new text begin The task force under this section expires June 30, 2020.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 9. new text beginAPPROPRIATIONS.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Department of Education. new text end

new text begin The sums indicated in this section are
appropriated from the general fund to the Department of Education for the fiscal years
designated. For appropriations under this section, any balance in the first year does not
cancel but is available in the second year.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Quality rating and improvement system. new text end

new text begin (a) For transfer to the commissioner
of human services for the purposes of the quality rating and improvement system under
Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.142, including expanding the system, increasing provider
supports, and system evaluation:
new text end

new text begin $
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new text begin (b) The amounts in paragraph (a) are in addition to any federal funding under the child
care and development block grant authorized under Public Law 101-508 in that year for the
system under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.142.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Kindergarten assessment. new text end

new text begin For the kindergarten assessment program under
Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.162:
new text end

new text begin $
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Universal identifier. new text end

new text begin For implementation of a universal identifier system under
Minnesota Statutes, section 119A.70:
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new text begin $
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Early Care and Education Coordination Task Force. new text end

new text begin (a) For the Early Care
and Education Coordination Task Force under section 8:
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new text begin $
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new text begin 2020
new text end

new text begin (b) This is a onetime appropriation.
new text end