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    Subdivision 1. Reports. The commissioner shall specify requirements for reports under the
authority provided in section 256.01, subdivision 2, paragraph (17).
    Subd. 2. Quarterly payments. The commissioner may make payments to each county
in quarterly installments. The commissioner may certify an advance up to 25 percent of
the allocation. Subsequent payments shall be made on a reimbursement basis for reported
expenditures and may be adjusted for anticipated spending patterns. Payments may be withheld if
quarterly reports are incomplete or untimely.
    Subd. 3. Child care fund plan. The county and designated administering agency shall
submit a biennial child care fund plan to the commissioner. The commissioner shall establish the
dates by which the county must submit the plans. The plan shall include:
(1) a description of strategies to coordinate and maximize public and private community
resources, including school districts, health care facilities, government agencies, neighborhood
organizations, and other resources knowledgeable in early childhood development, in particular to
coordinate child care assistance with existing community-based programs and service providers
including child care resource and referral programs, early childhood family education, school
readiness, Head Start, local interagency early intervention committees, special education services,
early childhood screening, and other early childhood care and education services and programs to
the extent possible, to foster collaboration among agencies and other community-based programs
that provide flexible, family-focused services to families with young children and to facilitate
transition into kindergarten. The county must describe a method by which to share information,
responsibility, and accountability among service and program providers;
(2) a description of procedures and methods to be used to make copies of the proposed state
plan reasonably available to the public, including members of the public particularly interested in
child care policies such as parents, child care providers, culturally specific service organizations,
child care resource and referral programs, interagency early intervention committees, potential
collaborative partners and agencies involved in the provision of care and education to young
children, and allowing sufficient time for public review and comment; and
(3) information as requested by the department to ensure compliance with the child care fund
statutes and rules promulgated by the commissioner.
The commissioner shall notify counties within 90 days of the date the plan is submitted
whether the plan is approved or the corrections or information needed to approve the plan.
The commissioner shall withhold a county's allocation until it has an approved plan. Plans not
approved by the end of the second quarter after the plan is due may result in a 25 percent reduction
in allocation. Plans not approved by the end of the third quarter after the plan is due may result in
a 100 percent reduction in the allocation to the county. Counties are to maintain services despite
any reduction in their allocation due to plans not being approved.
    Subd. 4. Termination of allocation. The commissioner may withhold, reduce, or terminate
the allocation of any county that does not meet the reporting or other requirements of this
program. The commissioner shall reallocate to other counties money so reduced or terminated.
History: 1987 c 403 art 3 s 67; 1989 c 89 s 22; 1989 c 282 art 2 s 146; 1990 c 568 art 4 s
47; 1997 c 162 art 4 s 26,27; 1999 c 159 s 19; 1999 c 205 art 1 s 27,69; 1Sp2003 c 14 art
9 s 13; 2005 c 98 art 1 s 6

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