Agenda Item 5A
Michael Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 38-12, Capital Improvements Program - Child Care Assessment
Health and Human Services CommitteelEducation Committee recommendation:
enact with amendments (Councilmember Rice dissenting).
Bill 38-12, Capital Improvements Program - Child Care Assessment, sponsored by
Councilmembers Riemer, Floreen, and Andrews, Council President Navarro, Councilmember
Ervin, Council Vice-President Rice, and Councilmember Berliner, was introduced on December
4, 2012. At the public hearing, held on January 22, no speakers appeared. A joint Health and
Human Services Committee/Education Committee worksession was held on January 31.
Bill 38-12 would require the Office of Management and Budget to submit child care
facilities impact statements with certain capital projects in the Capital Improvements Program
(CIP) and authorize the Council to require other County departments and agencies to supplement
the impact statements furnished by the Office of Management and Budget. The impact statement
must analyze the feasibility of including a child care facility in the project.
The demand for good child care facilities exceeds supply in the County. The
potential for including child care facilities in each County Capital Improvements Program
projects is not routinely assessed. The purpose of the Bill is to assure that the County takes
advantage of all opportunities to include child care facilities in County capital projects.
The County Department of Health and Human Services performs a similar evaluation
when it considers whether to recommend child care facilities in schools undergoing major
renovation or construction as a part of the Child Care in Schools CIP project. This CIP project
encourages child care providers to offer high quality child care in communities where they might
not otherwise be financially able, due to high numbers of subsidy and low-income parents.
Factors the Department reviews include
poverty rates (as measured by students eligible for
Free and Reduced-Price Meals Service); (2) mobility rates; (3) English for Speakers of Other
Language rates; and (4) the availability of quality (credentialed or accredited) child care in the
community. The analysis required by this Bill could use these or similar criteria, along with
other information that substantiates the need for child care space and services.