Sponsored by Senator Billig, SB 5595 is the companion to HB 1671.
Substitute bill: Changes made include -- The definition of Early Achievers is modified to mirror DEL's definition. WCCC subsidy enhancements are removed as well as the rollback of family copays to 2010 levels. The requirement to notify providers two weeks prior to a loss of eligibility is removed from the consumer bill of rights. DEL and DSHS must work with the parent and provider oversight board in creating a consumer informational document. Liability language is added and members are added to the taskforce.
As amended by the ELHS Committee: Defines Early Achievers as a program that improves the quality of early learning programs and supports and rewards providers for participation. Removes provisions that define levels 1-5 of Early Achievers. Specifies that standards and guidelines described in Section 3 are for the guidance of the Department of Early Learning and the Department of Social and Health Services. Specifies the responsibilities of the Department of Early Learning and the Department of Social and Health Services pertaining to the Working Connections Child Care program. Specifies that the parent and provider oversight board must consist of five parents receiving working connections child care benefits from diverse geographic location and five working connections child care providers from diverse geographic locations. Requires the Department of Early Learning to adopt rules allowing parents who participate in one hundred ten hours of work or related activities to be eligible for full-time child care services.
Appropriations amendment: Removes the obligation of the Department of Early Learning to convene a parent and provider oversight board. Adds two members to the legislative task force. Specifies that the specific issues required to be addressed by the legislative task force include the following; the creation of a tiered reimbursement model, the creation of an implementation plan for the expansion of the early childhood education and assistance program, the development of recommendations for market rate reimbursement, and the development of recommendations for a further graduation of the copay scale.
House floor amendment: Removes the definition of the Early Achievers Program. Removes the goals of the Early Achievers Program. Removes the provision that specifies that all licensed child care providers may voluntarily participate in the Early Achievers Program. Removes the provision that specifies that Early Achievers has five levels.