Relates to child care resource and referral program services.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to child care resource and referral program services
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To increase the quality of child care by creating greater access to trainings for legally exempt providers.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one of this bill would require Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies to provide information on available training opportunities to legally exempt providers at the time of enrollment and re-enrollment.
Professional development through trainings, credentialing programs, and higher educational opportunities strengthen the quality of providers. Creating more access to and awareness of training programs, professional development activities, and other higher educational opportunities is beneficial for providers and children alike, After participating in educational opportunities, providers are more effective and efficient when caring for children. Providers become more knowledgeable about how to maintain a safe child care setting, and are equipped to provide more enriching programming to the children in their care. While child care providers are eager to take advantage of professional development programs, they are often deterred by a lack of information on available training.
Training can be especially beneficial to legally exempt providers who enroll with Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to provide full-time care for up to 2 children. If a legally-exempt provider participates in additional training, they may qualify for an enhanced reimbursement rate CCR&Rs provide a convenient and knowledgeable source of access to trainings for providers, and interface with them regularly. Therefore, this bill would require CCR&Rs to provide legally exempt providers with information on available trainings at the time of enrollment and re-enrollment.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
This is a new bill.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7586 IN SENATE May 15, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. ESPAILLAT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to child care resource and referral program services THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (c) of subdivision 1 of section 410-q of the social services law, as added by chapter 441 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: (c) Services directed at maintaining and providing information and resources on early childhood training and other relevant programs for prospective and current providers, INCLUDING EDUCATING CHILD CARE PROVIDERS NOT REQUIRING A LICENSE OR REGISTRATION PURSUANT TO SECTION THREE HUNDRED NINETY OF THIS ARTICLE WITH INFORMATION ON AVAILABLE TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE TIME OF ENROLLMENT AND RE-ENROLLMENT; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14002-01-4