as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/11/2020 03:42pm
A bill for an act
relating to child care rates; removing an obsolete date; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, section 119B.13, subdivision 3a.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 119B.13, subdivision 3a, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endA family child care provider
or child care center shall be paid a 15 percent differential above the maximum rate established
in subdivision 1, up to the actual provider rate, if the provider or center holds a current early
childhood development credential or is accredited.
new text beginnew text endFor a family child care provider, early childhood development credential and
accreditation includes an individual who has earned a child development associate degree,
a child development associate credential, a diploma in child development from a Minnesota
state technical college, or a bachelor's or post baccalaureate degree in early childhood
education from an accredited college or university, or who is accredited by the National
Association for Family Child Care or the Competency Based Training and Assessment
new text beginnew text endFor a child care center, accreditation includes accreditation that meets the following
criteria: the accrediting organization must demonstrate the use of standards that promote
the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. The accreditation
standards shall include, but are not limited todeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end positive interactions between adults and
childrendeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end age-appropriate learning activitiesdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end a system of tracking children's learningdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end use
of assessment to meet children's needsdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end specific qualifications for staffdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end a learning
environment that supports developmentally appropriate experiences for childrendeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end health
and safety requirementsdeleted text begin,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end and family engagement strategies.
new text beginnew text endBased on an application process developed by the commissioner in conjunction with
the commissioners of education and health, the Department of Human Services must accept
applications from accrediting organizations deleted text beginbeginning on July 1, 2013, anddeleted text end on an annual
basis deleted text beginthereafterdeleted text end.
new text beginnew text endThe provider rate differential shall be paid to centers holding an accreditation from
an approved accrediting organization beginning on a billing cycle to be determined by the
commissioner, no later than the last Monday in February of a calendar year.
new text beginnew text endThe commissioner shall annually publish a list of approved accrediting organizations.
An approved accreditation must be reassessed by the commissioner every two years. If an
approved accrediting organization is determined to no longer meet the approval criteria, the
organization and centers being paid the differential under that accreditation must be given
a 90-day notice by the commissioner and the differential payment must end after a 15-day
notice to affected families and centers as directed in Minnesota Rules, part 3400.0185,
subparts 3 and 4.
new text beginnew text endThe following accreditations shall be recognized for the provider rate differential
until an approval process is implemented: the National Association for the Education of
Young Children, the Council on Accreditation, the National Early Childhood Program
Accreditation, the National School-Age Care Association, or the National Head Start
Association Program of Excellence. For Montessori programs, accreditation includes the
American Montessori Society, Association of Montessori International-USA, or the National
Center for Montessori Education.