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S.F. No. 1621, 1st Engrossment - 87th Legislative Session (2011-2012)   Posted on Mar 15, 2012

1.1A bill for an act
1.2relating to human services; modifying child care accreditation provisions;
1.3amending Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 119B.13, subdivision 3a.
1.4BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

1.5    Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2010, section 119B.13, subdivision 3a, is amended to
1.6read:
1.7    Subd. 3a. Provider rate differential for accreditation. A family child care
1.8provider or child care center shall be paid a 15 percent differential above the maximum
1.9rate established in subdivision 1, up to the actual provider rate, if the provider or center
1.10holds a current early childhood development credential or is accredited. For a family
1.11child care provider, early childhood development credential and accreditation includes
1.12an individual who has earned a child development associate degree, a child development
1.13associate credential, a diploma in child development from a Minnesota state technical
1.14college, or a bachelor's or post baccalaureate degree in early childhood education from
1.15an accredited college or university, or who is accredited by the National Association
1.16for Family Child Care or the Competency Based Training and Assessment Program.
1.17For a child care center, accreditation includes accreditation by that meets the following
1.18criteria: the accrediting organization must demonstrate the use of standards that promote
1.19the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. The accreditation
1.20standards shall include, but are not limited to, positive interactions between adults and
1.21children, age-appropriate learning activities, a system of tracking children's learning,
1.22use of assessment to meet children's needs, specific qualifications for staff, a learning
1.23environment that supports developmentally appropriate experiences for children, health
1.24and safety requirements, and family engagement strategies. The commissioner of human
2.1services, in conjunction with the commissioners of education and health, will develop an
2.2application and approval process based on the criteria in this section and any additional
2.3criteria. The process developed by the commissioner of human services must address
2.4periodic reassessment of approved accreditations. The commissioner of human services
2.5must report the criteria developed, the application, approval, and reassessment processes,
2.6and any additional recommendations by February 15, 2013, to the chairs and ranking
2.7minority members of the legislative committees having jurisdiction over early childhood
2.8issues. The following accreditations shall be recognized for the provider rate differential
2.9until an approval process is implemented: the National Association for the Education of
2.10Young Children, the Council on Accreditation, the National Early Childhood Program
2.11Accreditation, the National School-Age Care Association, or the National Head Start
2.12Association Program of Excellence. For Montessori programs, accreditation includes
2.13the American Montessori Society, Association of Montessori International-USA, or the
2.14National Center for Montessori Education.