Status Summary

First reading, referred to Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2.4.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2.15.19. Executive action taken in the Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2.22.19; passed 1st substitute bill and referred to Ways & Means. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.28.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 3.1.19; 2nd substitute bill passed. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 3.1.19. Placed on second reading by Rules on 3.9.11. 2nd substitute bill substituted. Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading. Passed on Third Reading on 3.11.19. In the House: First reading, referred to Human Services & Early Learning on 3.12.19. Public hearing in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 3.19.19. Executive session scheduled, but no action taken, in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 3.20.19 and 3.22.19. Executive action taken in the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning on 3.27.19 majority pass with amendment(s). Referred to Appropriations on 4.2.19. The bill did not get out of Appropriations and therefore is dead. (updated 4.12.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Nguyen

SB 5820 expands the definition of eligible child for the  Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (E-CAP) to a child who is homeless.  Homeless is defined as, “without a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence as set forth in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act….”

The bill also ensures that a child who is homeless is designated as part of a vulnerable population pursuant to federal codes (as of Jan. 1, 2019), allowing eligibility and 12 month authorization for Working Connections Child Care subsidies.

*Companion to HB 1574*

Amendments:

Updated on 4.12.19:

1st substitute:

  • Removes language adding homeless children and Indian children as eligible children for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.

2nd substitute:

  • Removes language adding Indian children as a vulnerable population to allow eligibility and 12-month authorizations for WCCC subsidies.

House Committee Amendments (updated 4.12.19):
 

The amended bill:

  • Removes the requirement for the DCYF to designate homeless children as a vulnerable population pursuant to federal CCDF rules;
  • Allows for WCCC program eligibility for homeless families with household incomes at or below 85 percent of the state median income;
  • Requires the DCYF to allow homeless families a 12-month grace period in which to provide verification of employment or participation in approved program activities, or payment or payment plan arrangements for any outstanding copayment;
  • Limits families receiving a homeless grace period authorization to those who have not received such an authorization in the 12 months prior to the month of application or reapplication;
  • Requires, effective October 1, 2019, authorizations for the WCCC program for a minor parent meeting education requirements who has a household income at or below 85 percent of the SMI. The minor parent must be considered his or her own household for this purpose;
  • Prohibits the DCYF from considering the availability of the other biological parent when authorizing care for minor parents or from requiring a copayment from a minor parent greater than the minimum copayment established in rule; and

Allows for the DCYF to designate children of minor parents as a vulnerable population pursuant to federal CCDF rules if necessary.