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SF 3799

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/05/2020 04:10pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying the definition of provider in child care
services provisions; modifying child care services grants provisions; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, sections 119B.21; 119B.26.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.21, is amended to read:


119B.21 CHILD CAREnew text begin SERVICESnew text end GRANTS.

Subdivision 1.

Distribution of grant funds.

(a) The commissioner shall distribute funds
to the child care resource and referral programs designated under deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sections 119B.189
and
new text end 119B.19, subdivision 1a, for child carenew text begin servicesnew text end grants to deleted text begincenters under subdivision 5
and family child care programs based upon the following factors
deleted text endnew text begin improve child care quality,
support start-up of new programs, and expand existing programs
new text end.

(b) Up to ten percent of funds appropriated for grants under this section may be used by
the commissioner for statewide child care development initiatives, training initiatives,
collaboration programs, and research and data collection. The commissioner shall develop
eligibility guidelines and a process to distribute funds under this paragraph.

(c) At least 90 percent of funds appropriated for grants under this section may be
distributed by the commissioner to child care resource and referral programs under deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin
sections 119B.189 and
new text end 119B.19, subdivision 1a, deleted text beginfor child care center grants and family
child care grants
deleted text end based on the following factors:

(1) the number of children under 13 years of age needing child care in the region;

(2) the region served by the program;

(3) the ratio of children under 13 years of age needing child care to the number of licensed
spaces in the region;

(4) the number of licensed child care providers and school-age care programs in the
region; and

(5) other related factors determined by the commissioner.

(d) Child care resource and referral programs must award child care deleted text begincenter grants and
family child care
deleted text endnew text begin servicesnew text end grants based on the recommendation of the child care district
proposal review committees under subdivision 3.

(e) The commissioner may distribute funds under this section for a two-year period.

new text begin Subd. 1a. new text end

new text begin Eligible programs. new text end

new text begin A child care resource and referral program designated
under section 119B.19, subdivision 1a, may award child care services grants to:
new text end

new text begin (1) a child care center licensed under Minnesota Rules, chapter 9503, or in the process
of becoming licensed;
new text end

new text begin (2) a family or group family child care home licensed under Minnesota Rules, chapter
9502, or in the process of becoming licensed;
new text end

new text begin (3) corporations or public agencies that develop or provide child care services;
new text end

new text begin (4) a school-age care program;
new text end

new text begin (5) a tribally licensed child care program;
new text end

new text begin (6) legal nonlicensed or family, friend, and neighbor child care providers; or
new text end

new text begin (7) other programs as determined by the commissioner.
new text end

Subd. 3.

Child care district proposal review committees.

(a) Child care district proposal
review committees review applications for deleted text beginfamily child care grants anddeleted text end child care deleted text begincenterdeleted text endnew text begin
services
new text end grants under this section and make funding recommendations to the child care
resource and referral program designated under deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sections 119B.189 andnew text end 119B.19,
subdivision 1a
. Each region within a district must be represented on the review committee.
The child care district proposal review committees must complete their reviews and forward
their recommendations to the child care resource and referral district programs by the date
specified by the commissioner.

(b) A child care resource and referral district program shall establish a process to select
members of the child care district proposal review committee. Members must reflect a broad
cross-section of the community, and may include the following constituent groups: family
child care providers, child care center providers, school-age care providers, parents who
use child care services, health services, social services, public schools, Head Start, employers,
representatives of cultural and ethnic communities, and other citizens with demonstrated
interest in child care issues. Members of the proposal review committee with a direct financial
interest in a pending grant proposal may not provide a recommendation or participate in
the ranking of that grant proposal.

(c) The child care resource and referral district program may deleted text beginreimburse committee
members for their actual travel, child care, and child care provider substitute expenses for
up to two committee meetings per year. The program may also pay
deleted text endnew text begin offernew text end a stipend to deleted text beginparent
representatives
deleted text endnew text begin proposal review committee membersnew text end for participating in deleted text begintwo meetings per
year
deleted text endnew text begin the grant review processnew text end.

Subd. 5.

Child care services grants.

(a) A child care resource and referral program
designated under deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sections 119B.189 andnew text end 119B.19, subdivision 1a, may award child
care services grants for:

(1) creating new licensed child care facilities and expanding existing facilities, including,
but not limited to, supplies, equipment, facility renovation, and remodeling;

(2) deleted text beginimproving licensed child care facility programsdeleted text endnew text begin facility improvements, including but
not limited to improvements to meet licensing requirements
new text end;

(3) staff training and development services including, but not limited to, in-service
training, curriculum development, accreditation, certification, consulting, resource centers,
program and resource materials, supporting effective teacher-child interactions, child-focused
teaching, and content-driven classroom instruction;

(4) capacity building through the purchase of appropriate technology to create, enhance,
and maintain business management systems;

(5) emergency assistance for child care programs;

(6) new programs or projects for the creation, expansion, or improvement of programs
that serve ethnic immigrant and refugee communities; deleted text beginand
deleted text end

(7) targeted recruitment initiatives to expand and build the capacity of the child care
system and to improve the quality of care provided by legal nonlicensed child care providersdeleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin;
and
new text end

new text begin (8) other uses as approved by the commissioner.
new text end

(b) A child care resource and referral organization designated under deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sections
119B.189 and
new text end 119B.19, subdivision 1a, may award child care services grants deleted text beginof up to $1,000
to family child care providers. These grants may be used
deleted text end fordeleted text begin:deleted text endnew text begin eligible programs in amounts
up to a maximum determined by the commissioner for each type of eligible program.
new text end

deleted text begin (1) facility improvements, including, but not limited to, improvements to meet licensing
requirements;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) improvements to expand a child care facility or program;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) toys and equipment;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) technology and software to create, enhance, and maintain business management
systems;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (5) start-up costs;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (6) staff training and development; and
deleted text end

deleted text begin (7) other uses approved by the commissioner.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) A child care resource and referral program designated under section 119B.19,
subdivision 1a
, may award child care services grants to:
deleted text end

deleted text begin (1) licensed providers;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (2) providers in the process of being licensed;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (3) corporations or public agencies that develop or provide child care services;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (4) school-age care programs;
deleted text end

deleted text begin (5) legal nonlicensed or family, friend, and neighbor care providers; or
deleted text end

deleted text begin (6) any combination of clauses (1) to (5).
deleted text end

deleted text begin (d) A child care center that is a recipient of a child care services grant for facility
improvements or staff training and development must provide a 25 percent local match. A
local match is not required for grants to family child care providers.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (e) Beginning July 1, 2009, grants to child care centers under this subdivision shall be
increasingly awarded for activities that improve provider quality, including activities under
paragraph (a), clauses (1) to (3) and (6). Grants to family child care providers shall be
increasingly awarded for activities that improve provider quality, including activities under
paragraph (b), clauses (1), (3), and (6).
deleted text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.26, is amended to read:


119B.26 AUTHORITY TO WAIVE REQUIREMENTS DURING DISASTER
PERIODS.

The commissioner may waive requirements under this chapter for up to nine months
after the disaster in areas where a federal disaster has been declared under United States
Code, title 42, section 5121, et seq., or the governor has exercised authority under chapter
12.new text begin The commissioner may waive requirements retroactively from the date of the disaster.new text end
The commissioner shall notify the chairs of the house of representatives and senate
committees with jurisdiction over this chapter and the house of representatives Ways and
Means Committee deleted text beginten days before the effective date of any waiver granteddeleted text endnew text begin within five
business days after the commissioner grants a waiver
new text end under this section.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2020.
new text end