Provides that parents and caretakers who are otherwise eligible for a child care subsidy shall receive a subsidy when care is necessary to enable them to sleep because they work a late shift and have a child who is under the age of six and not in school for a full school day; further provides that the authorization for a subsidy shall be sufficient to allow the parent to obtain eight hours of sleep.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to parents and caretakers who work a late shift
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this bill is to provide for parents and caretakers who are otherwise eligible, a child care subsidy when care is necessary to enable them to get an adequate night's rest.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends Section 410-W of the social services law to allow parents and caretakers who are otherwise eligible for a child care subsidy to receive a subsidy when care is necessary to enable them to sleep (for eight hours) because they work a late shift and have a child who is under the age of six and not in school for a full day.
JUSTIFICATION: Parents who work nights often need child care so that they can sleep during the day if their children are young and not in school. Regulations currently permit, but do not require social services districts to provide a child care subsidy to financially eligible parents and caretakers who work second or third shifts and need child care for their young children in order to sleep.
Most social services districts (47) do exercise this option and provide subsidized daytime child care for parents who need to sleep. For those living in the eleven social services districts that do not provide this option, life can be very difficult as sleep deprived patents juggle their need to sleep with caring for a young child.
This bill will assure that low income parents with young children who work the night shift and need child care to get adequate sleep will be able to do so regardless of where they live.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is new legislation.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4115 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 18, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to parents and caretakers who work a late shift THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 410-w of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. PARENTS AND CARETAKERS WHO ARE OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE FOR A CHILD CARE SUBSIDY SHALL RECEIVE A SUBSIDY WHEN CARE IS NECESSARY TO ENABLE THEM TO SLEEP BECAUSE THEY WORK A LATE SHIFT AND HAVE A CHILD WHO IS UNDER THE AGE OF SIX AND NOT IN SCHOOL FOR A FULL SCHOOL DAY. THE AUTHORIZATION FOR A SUBSIDY SHALL BE SUFFICIENT TO ALLOW THE PARENT TO OBTAIN EIGHT HOURS OF SLEEP. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10020-01-1