AGENDA ITEM 4A
May 5, 2015
Action
MEMORANDUM
May 1,2015
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attomeyc>frvi}vl1
Action: Bill 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
Health and Human ServiceslEducation Committee recommendation (5-0): enact Bill 11-15 with
the following amendments:
• require the Executive to designate a Child Care and Early Education Officer in the Department
of Health and Human Services; and
• establish the Early Education Coordinating Council.
Bill 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative, sponsored by Lead Sponsors
Councilmembers Navarro and Riemer and Co-Sponsors Council Vice President Floreen and
Councilmember EIrich was introduced on March
3.
A public hearing was held on March 17 and ajoint
Health and Human Services and Education Committee worksession was held on April 27.
Background
As introduced, Bill 11-15 would create a Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative in the
Department of Health and
Human.
Services. The Bill would also specify the duties to implement the
Initiative. A memorandum from Councilmember Navarro explaining the rationale for this legislation is
on ©I5-I6.
At the Joint Committee meeting on April 27, the Committees reviewed Bill 11-15 along with Bill 13-15,
Office of Child Care Established, which was sponsored by Council member Riemer. Bill 13-15 would
create an Office of Child Care as a principal office in County government and specify the duties of that
Office. A memorandum from Councilmember Riemer explaining the rationale for Bill 13-15 is on ©22-23.
The Joint Committee's discussions focused on separate similar amendments recommended by both
Councilmembers Navarro and Riemer. (Councilmember Navarro's amendment would amend Bill 11-15
while Councilmember Riemer's amendment would amend Bill
13-1S.)
After reviewing the amendments,
Committee members agreed to recommend enactment of one bill (Bill 11-15). Councilmember Riemer,
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though not a member of the Joint Committee, participated in the discussion and concurred with this action.
The Committee worksession fully incorporated discussion of Bill
13-15,
but because the recommendation
was to enact Bill
11-15;
the remainder of this packet will primarily discuss Bill
11-15.
The Committee
packet, which includes a full discussion of both Bill
11-15
and
13-15
can be found at the following
link:
http://www
.montgomerycountymd.gov/coullci1JResources/Files/agendaic
m/20 15/150427/20150427
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SED2-3.pdf.
Public Hearing
At the public hearing on Bill
11-15,
JoAnn Barnes, on behalf ofthe Executive, testified in general support
of the bill (©24). The Council also heard from many residents (providers and consumers of child care) in
support of the bilL
At the public hearing on Bill
13-15,
UmaAhluwalia, on behalf ofthe Executive, testified in opposition of
the bill. However, Ms. Ahluwalia stated that the Executive could support the bill with amendments that
would add an Early Childhood Policy Officer to the Department of Health and Human Services and
reconfiguring the Early Childhood Advisory Council as the Early Childhood Coordinating Council
(ECCC) (©25-26).1 The Council heard from residents (providers and consumers of child care) both in
support of the bill and expressing concems.
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Issues/Committee Recommendations
1.
Office of Child Care, Early Care, and Education or Child Care and Early Education Officer
As noted above, as introduced, Bill
13-15
would establish an Office of Child Care, Early Care, and
Education and assign duties to that Office. Rather than establish a separate Office, the
Joint Committee
recommended (5-0)
amending Bill
11-15
to require the Executive to designate a Child Care and Early
Education Officer in the Department of Health and Human Services (©3, lines 20-22). The intent of this
position would be a high-level employee that would coordinate various aspects of County functions.
Programming components would stay within the Children, Youth, and Families Division in HHS. The
Joint Committee further recommended (5-0)
that this position be a merit position.
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Under the
unanimous Joint Committee recommendation,
the Child Care and Early Education Officer
would be required to:
• promote coordination and collaboration among County agencies and departments to expand child
care opportunities throughout the County;
After the public hearing on Bill 13-15, Executive staff transmitted a document with more concrete options (©33-34). That
memorandum is the general basis for the Joint Committee recommendation.
2
Generally, testimony and written correspondence was included in the staff packet for the Joint Committee, but is not
reproduced here. However, see ©24-32 for select correspondence.
3
The amendment proposed by Councilmember Riemer called for this position to be non-merit. Ms. Ahluwalia originally
indicated her preference for this position to be a merit position, but Council staff later learned that the Executive did not object
to this position being non-merit.
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• monitor and support the coordination between the Department of Health and Human Services and
the Office of Community Use ofPublic Facilities to administer the selection ofproviders in public
space, including in Montgomery County Public School facilities, to the extent authorized by State
law
(Joint Committee recommendation 4-1,
Council President Leventhal opposed);4
• monitor and support the implementation of the Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement
Initiative;
• provide staff support for the Early Childhood Coordinating Council;
• monitor and support the implementation of the Early Childhood Initiative; and
• serve as a liaison between County government and the public on child care-related issues;
• prepare a Strategic Plail for Child Care by 1 year from date of enactment that includes:
o specific goals and implementation strategies for improving early childhood services and child
care provider assistance and counseling;
o planning for new child care services in public space, including in public school projects;
o planning for expansion of child care space through public-private partnerships;
o research on the supply, demand, and affordability of child care throughout the County;
o a plan for a countywide universal child care and preschool program that provides every child
an opportunity to participate in a high-quality preschool, early care, and education program;
and
o a plan to improve readiness for children entering kindergarten through enhanced early care and
education services;5 and
• prepare an annual report (©3-5, lines 23-69).
2. Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
As introduced, Bill 11-15 would establish a Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative.
Under the Initiative, the Department must:
• at least quarterly, hold an information session on steps necessary to become .licensed or achieve
accreditation;
• provide technical assistance and business training to family child care providers;
• if requested by a prospective provider, conduct a site-visit to provide feedback and assistance
to
obtain state licensing;
• provide services in Spanish and other languages as requested;
• conduct an annual assessment of child care needs in the County; and
• prepare an annual report.
The Joint Committee recommended (5-0)
establishing this Initiative, but recommended several
amendments, including:
4
Council staff notes that in order for another department to provide scheduling services in certain MCPS facilities, the Board
of Education, which has delegated that authority to CUPF and the ICB, would have to adopt a resolution delegating that
authority to that other department. The language as recommended by the Joint Committee will provide flexibility in assigning
this function to either HHS or CUPF should the Board of Education delegate this authority to HHS.
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Under Councilmember Riemer's amendment, the Strategic Plan would be developed in consultation with the Commission on
Child Care. The
Joint Committee recommended
(3-0-2, Councilmembers Berliner and EIrich abstaining) that this
consultation not be required.
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• delete the requirement that HHS conduct an annual assessment of child care needs in the County
(this function would be done by the Early Childhood Coordinating Council);
• delete the requirement of an annual report (the Child Care and Early Education Officer would be
required to submit an annual report that includes updates on this Initiative);
• clarify that the site-visit option is for potential family child care providers that have already
submitted an application to the state and would like technical assistance and general program
support; and
• make other non-substantive amendments (©5-6, lines 79-99).
3. Early Childhood Coordinating Council
As noted above, as an alternative to establishing an Office of Child Care, Executive staff suggested that
in addition to having a Child Care and Early Education Officer, the Early Childhood Advisory Council
(ECAC) could be established in law and renamed to the Early Childhood Coordinating Council (ECCC).
The ECAC was fonned in April 2013 due to a requirement of a State Race to the Top Early Learning
Challenge grant. As described in its first annual report, "the role ofthe ECAC is to monitor, advocate, and
make policy recommendations for developing
a
comprehensive, coordinated early care and educational
system that supports school readiness, provides support to state and local initiatives, and builds on the
existing efforts to improve the system of early care and education in Montgomery County."
The Joint Committee
(5-0) recommended establishing the ECCC (©7-12). The language recommended
by the Joint Committee is closely aligned with the composition and function of the ECAC as contained in
the ECAC's bylaws. Under the Joint Committee's recommendation, the ECCC would:
• conduct a periodic County-wide needs assessment concerning the quality and availability of early
childhood education and development programs and services for children from birth to school
entry, including an assessment of the availability of child care, pre-kindergarten, and other
supportive services for low-income children and their families in the County;
• identify opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration and coordination among child
development, child care and early childhood education programs, services, and advocacy groups
including collaboration and coordination among State and local agencies and organizations
responsible for administering or providing oversight for such efforts;
• develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation of children and their families in
existing programs, including outreach to underrepresented and special populations;
• develop recommendations regarding the implementation and use of the State-established unified
data collection system for public early childhood education and development programs and
services throughout the County;
• develop recommendations regarding professional development, career advancement plans,
compensation scales and incentives for early childhood educators in the County; and
• assess the capacity and effectiveness of 2- and 4-year public and private institutions of higher
education toward supporting the development of early childhood educators, including the extent
to which such institutions have in place articulation agreements, professional development and
career advancement plans, and practice or internships for students to spend time in Early Head
Start, Head Start, Pre-kindergarten, or child care programs;
• recommend unifonn regulations for the availability of quality child care in public spaces;
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• develop ways to leverage public and private partnerships between private businesses, Montgomery
County Public Schools, and the County;
• develop a hub consortium that connects family child care providers to accredited child care centers
and schools to provide training, technical assistance, and mentoring to family child care providers;
and
• update and implement an Early Childhood Initiative to integrate public and private early childhood
services, including areas such as child care, early literacy, early childhood mental health
consultation services, and parent support services.
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Council staff notes that there could be overlap between the restructured Coordinating Council and the
Commission on Child Care and suggests that after 15-18 months, HHS review the roles of the
Coordinating Council and Commission. This review may result in amendments to one (or both) of these
bodies.
This packet contains:
Committee Bill 11-15
Legislative Request Report
Memorandum from Ms. Navarro
Fiscal Impact Statement
Memorandum from
Mr.
Riemer about Bill 13-15
Select Correspondence
HHS Options Memorandum
Early Childhood Initiative "Action Agenda"
Revised Fiscal Impact
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As Council staff understands it, this Initiative was a joint initiative of the Executive, Council, MCPS, and the Collaboration
Council for Children, Youth, and Families. The goal ofthe Initiative was to integrate public and private early childhood services
in the County and help children entering school be ready to learn. The Initiative focused on areas including increasing quality
child care, promoting early literacy, providing early childhood mental health consultation services, enhancing parent support
services; and implementing a public engagement and public awareness campaign.
An
"Action Agenda" from this Initiative is
attached at ©xx.
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Bill No.
11-15
Concerning: Child Care Expansion and
Quality Enhancement Initiative
Revised:
4128/2015
Draft No.
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Introduced:
March 3, 2015
Expires:
September 3, 2016
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
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Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: C01.Ulcilmembers Navarro and Riemer
Co-Sponsors: Council Vice President Floreen and Councilmember Eirich
AN
ACT
to:
(1)
require
the
Executive to designate an employee i!1 the Department of Health and
lI:!JIrnID
Services as a Child Care and Early Education Officer and specify the duties
gfthe Child Care and Early Education Officer:
create a Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
in
the
Department of Health and Human Services;
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specify the duties to implement the Initiative; [[and]]
[[(3)]] (4) establish an Early Childhood Coordinating Council and specify the duties of the
Coordinating Council: and
geIl:erally amend County law regarding child care, human rights, and administration.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 2, Administration
Section 2-42A
By renaming and adding
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Article I, Child Care
Sections lOA-I and IOA-2
Article 2, Early Childhood Coordinating Council
Section lOA-3
By renumbering
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Sections lOA-I, IOA-2, lOA-3, lOA-4, lOA-5, and IOA-6
Chapter 27, Human Rights and Civil Liberties.
Sections 27-62 and 27-62A
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No. 11-15
By amending and adding
Chapter 44, Schools and Camps
Sections 44-3, 44-4, and 44-4A
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[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
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Heading or defined term.
Addedto existing law by original bill.
Deletedfrom existing law by original bill.
Added by amendment.
Deletedfrom existing law or the bill by amendment.
Existing law unaffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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No.
11-15
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Sec.
1.
Section 2-42A is amended as follows:
2-42A. Functions, powers, and duties.
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(d) Duties of the Department.
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[[and]]
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The Department provides staff support to:
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the Advisory Board for the Montgomery Cares Program;
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the Early Childhood Coordinating
Coun~il:
and
any program created to achieve health equity among
County residents.
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Chapter lOA is renamed and Article 1 of Chapter lOA
([[Section]] Sections lOA-l and lOA-2) is added as follows:
Chapter lOA. [Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program] Child Care.
Article 1. Child Care [[Expansion and Quality Enhancement]):
lOA-I. Child Care and Early Education Officer.
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Definitions.
In
this Section,
Ofjicer
means the Child Care and Early
Education Officer.
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The County Executive must designate an employee in the Department
of Health and Human Services to serve as an Child Care and Early
Education Officer. Among other duties, the Officer must:
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promote coordination and collaboration among county agencies
and departments to expand child care opportunities throughout
the County:
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monitor and support the coordination between the Department of
Health and Human Services and the Office of Community Use
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No.
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of Public Facilities to administer the selection of providers in
public space. including in Montgomerv County Public School
facilities. to the extent authorized by State law:
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monitor and support the implementation of the Child Care
Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative described in
Section lOA-2:
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provide staff support for the Early Childhood Coordinating
Council established in Section lOA-3:
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monitor and support the implementation of the Early Childhood
Initiative as developed by the Coordinating Council;
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serve as a liaison between County government and the public on
child care-related issues: and
prepare a Strategic Plan for Child Care by
[1
year from date of
enactment] that includes:
(A)
specific goals and implementation strategies for improving
early childhood services and child care provider assistance
and counseling:
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planning for new .child care servIces
including
in
public school projects:
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public space.
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planning for expansion of child care space through public­
private partnerships;
research on the supply. demand. and affordability of child
care throughout the County;
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a plan for a countywide universal child care and preschool
program that provides every child an opportunity to
participate in a high-quality preschool. early care. and
education program: and
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a plan to improve readiness for children entering
kindergarten through enhanced early care and education
services.
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Annual report.
By Februarv 1 each year. the Officer must submit
to the County Council and County Executive an annual report on:
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its astivities. accomplishments. plans. and objectives;
the implementation of the Child Care Expansion and
Ouality Enhancement Initiative. including the number of
family child care providers serviced and types of services
provided;
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steps taken to implement the Strategic Plan for Child Care.
Early Care. and Education the preceding year: and
the activities. accomplishments. plans. and objectives of
the Early Childhood Coordinating Council. including
implementation ofthe Early Childhood Initiative.
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Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative.
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Definitions.
In
this Article. the following words have the meanings·
indicated:
Department
means the Department of Health and Human Services.
Director
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
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designee.
Family child care provider
has the same meaning as in Section 5-550 of
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the Family Law Article of the Maryland Code or any successor
provIsIon.
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Initiative.
The Department must:
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at least quarterly, hold an information session:
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for prospective family child care providers, on the steps
necessary to become registered or licensed
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the State;
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for licensed family child care providers, on the steps
necessary
to
achieve
State,
regional,
or
national
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accreditation;
provide technical assistance and coordinate business training to
family child care providers;
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requested, conduct
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site-visit for potential family child care
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providers to provide feedback and assistance to obtain state
licensing]] if a potential family child care provider is pursuing
registration or licensing and has submitted an application to the
State Office of Child Care. provide technical assistance and
general program support to the provider; and
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provide services in Spanish, and other languages as requested, in
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conduct an annual assessment of child care needs in the County;
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prepare an annual report, as required in subsection
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Regulations.
The Executive may adopt regulations under Method
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to .
administer the Initiative.
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Annual report.
By
February
1
each year, the Department must submit to
the County Council an annual report on:
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its activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives;
the results ofthe annual child care needs assessment; and
the number of family child care providers serviced and
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Sec. 3. Article 2 (Section lOA-3) of Chanter lOA is added as follows:
Article 2. Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
lOA-3. Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
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Definition.
In
this Section. the following words have the meanings
indicated:
Coordinating Council
means the Early Childhood Coordinating
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Council.
Department
means the Department of Health and Human Services.
Director
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
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designee.
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Established.
The Executive must appoint. subject to confIrmation by the
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Council. an Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
Composition and terms ofmembers.
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The Coordinating Council has up to 33 members.
The Executive must appoint up to 15 public members. The public
members should include:
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up to 4 representatives of local providers of early
childhood education and development services:
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one representative of the Montgomerv County Council
Parent Teach Associations:
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one
representative . of
the
Montgomery
County
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Commission on Child Care;
one representlitive of the Organization of Child Care
Directors;
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one representative of the Family Child Care Association of
Montgomery County:
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one representative of the Maryland Association for the
Education of Young Children;
one representative of . the business community with
demonstrated leadership in early childhood care and
education;
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one representative ofthe local pediatrician community;
one representative ofthe local philanthropic community;
one
representativ~
ofthe local interfaith community; and
up to 2 parent representatives.
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The Executive must appoint the following to serve as an ex
officio member:
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the Director ofthe Department:
one representative of the Department's Divisicm of Early
Childhood Services;
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one represeqtative of the Department's Community Health
Services;
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one representative of the Department's School Health
Services;
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one representative of the Department's Infants and
Toddlers Program;
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one
representative
of
the
Montgomery
County.
Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families;
one representative of the Montgomery County Child Care
Resource and Referral Center;
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one representative of the Montgomery County Community
Action Agency, the administrator of public Head Start
programs in Montgomery County;
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one representative of Montgomery County Department of
Public Libraries; and
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one representative ofthe Montgomery County Council:
The Executive must invite the following to serve as an ex officio
member:
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the Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent or
the Superintendent's designee:
an
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one representative of the Montgomerv County Public
School's Division of Early Childhood Programs and
Services:
one
representative
of the
School's
Division
of
Prekindergarten. Special Programs and Related Services
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one representative of the Office of Child .Care Region 5.
Maryland State Department ofEducation;
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up to 2 representatives of public institutions . of higher
education in the County; .
one. elementary school principal in Montgomery County
Public Schools: and
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one prekindergarten teacher in Montgomerv County Public
Schools.
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The term of each member is 4 years. If a member is appointed to
fill a vacancy before a term expires. the successor serves the rest
of the unexpired term.
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The Executive must designate the Chair and Vice-Chair.
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The Coordinating Council meets at the call of the Chair. The
C.Qordinating Council must meet as often as necessary to perfonn
its duties. but not less than 9 times each year.
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member serves without compensation. However. a member
may request reimbursement for mileage and
dep~ndent
care costs
at rates established by the County.
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Duties.
The Coordinating Council must:
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conduct a periodic county-wide needs assessment concerning the
quality and availability of early childhood
education~
development prograrnsand services for children from birth to
school entry. including an assessment of the availability of child
care. pre-kindergarten. and other sUDP()rtive services for . low­
income children and their
famili~s
in the County;
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identify opportunities for. and barriers to. collaboration and
coordination among child development. child care and early
childhood education programs. services. and advocacy groups
including collaboration and coordination among State and local
agencies and organizations responsible for administering or
providing oversight for
such
efforts;
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develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation
of children and their families
in
existing programs. including
outreach to underrepresented and special populatioos;
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develop recommendations regarding the implementation and use
of the State-established unified data collection system for public
early childhood education and development programs and
services throughout tile County;
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develop
recommendations regarding professional development,
career advancement plans, compensation scales and incentives
for early childhood educators in the County; and
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assess
the capacity and effectiveness of 2- and 4-year public and
private institutions of higher education toward supporting the
development of early childhood educators. including the extent to
which such institutions have in place articulation agreements,
professional development and career adyancement plans, and
practice or internships f()r students to spend time in Early Head
Start. Head Start. Pre-kindergarten. or child care programs;
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recommend
uniform regulations for. the availability of quality
child care in public spaces;
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develop ways to leverage public and private partnerships between
private busin<:lsses. Montgomexy County Public Schools. and the
County;
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develop a hub consortium that connects family child care
providers to accredited child care centers and schools to provide
training. technical assistance. and mentoring to family child care
providers; and
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update and implement an Early Childhood Initiative to integrate
public and private early childhood services. including areas such
as child care, early literacy. early childhood mental health
consultation services, and parent support services.
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Advocacv.
The Coordinating Council mustnot engage in any legislative
advocacy at the State or federal levels unless that activity is approved by
the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
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Article VllI. [Commission on Child Care.] Reserved.
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of Public Facilities must review and coordinate the activities conducted
under this Article. The Board must:
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monitor and support the coordination between the Department of Health and Human
Services and the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities to administer the
selection of providers in public space. including in Montgomerv County Public
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appointed to the Early Childhood Coordinating Council under Section lOA-3 as
added by Section 3 of this Act so that approximately one-fourth of the terms of the
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 11-15
Child Care Expansion and Qualify Enhancement Initiative
DESCRIPTION:
Bill
11-15
would create a Child Care Expansion and Quality
. Enhancement Initiative in the Department of Health and Human
Services, specifY the duties to implement the Initiative, and generally
amend County law regarding child care, human rights, and
administration.
The demand for quality child care exceeds supply in the County.
To assist potential providers in navigating the procedures
to
become
licensed child care providers.
Health and Human Services
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney,
240-777-7815
To be researched.
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
COUNCILMEMBER NANCY NAVARRO
DISTRICT
4
MEMORANDUM
February 20,2015
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Councilmembers
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Councilmember Nancy Navarro!
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Childcare Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
Montgomery County, like many other communities across the nation, has an unmet need for
affordable, high-quality, early learning and childcare availability. For a family of four with an
infant and a toddler, the annual cost of childcare is $25,234--the highest in Maryland.! For low­
income families, depending on subsidy eligibility, the out-of-pocket expense for childcare
programs often exceed 30% of gross income.
2
As a result, affordability trumps quality, which
then leads to children entering kindergarten unprepared.
In
order to advance the economic viability of our local economy, we need to develop a long-term
strategy for providing quality early childhood education that is affordable and accessible to
working parents. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology Workplace Center study found that
"every dollar invested in quality early care and education saves taxpayers up to $13.00 in future
costS.,,3 Making this investment is also the most strategic and cost-effective way to ensure a
student's educational and socioeconomic success. All children should enter school ready and
able to succeed in order to prepare students for the jobs ofthe future. Failing to invest in this area
will
have detrimental effects on Montgomery County's overall economic competitiveness.
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS­
Program/Resources/Files/CYF%20Docs/2013MontgomeryCountyDemographics.pdf
2
https://www .montgo merycountymd.gov/HHS/Resources/Files/Reports/CCCAn nuaIR eport12-13 FINAL. pdf
3
http://web.mit.edu/workplacecenter/docs/Full%20Report.pdf
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A pivotal component ofthis strategy is the integration ofFamily Childcare Providers in the
"Childcare, Early Care and Education" spectrum. Currently, there are over 1,000 licensed Family
Childcare Providers serving a population of nearly 7,500 children.
4
An estimated 70% ofthe
staff in both licensed family childcare and center-based programs speak a language other than
English.s This is a tremendous asset because research shows that early exposure to language-rich
environments leads to rapid language acquisition, enhanced cognitive ability and has long-term
economic advantages.
On March 3
rd,
I plan to introduce the attached bill establishing the Childcare Expansion and
Quality Enhancement Initiative within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Initiative, as stated in the bill, would require HHS to:
• Hold quarterly informational sessions for prospective family childcare providers and
licensed family childcare providers on attaining higher accreditation;
• Provide services in Spanish, and other languages as requested, in a culturally
competent manner;
• Provide technical assistance and business training to family childcare providers;
• If requested, conduct site-visits for potential family childcare providers to offer
feedback and assistance in obtaining state licensing; and
• Conduct an annual assessment of childcare needs in the County and prepare an annual
report.
This legislation is an important step towards expanding the quality and availability of childcare
in the County. These new responsibilities for HHS will support and strengthen an existing
network of licensed family childcare providers with technical assistance, as well as assisting
prospective providers with a better understanding the licensing process, curriculum development,
and business skills needed to succeed in this increasingly competitive market.
Thank you in advance for considering cosponsoring and supporting this legislation.
4
http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/council/pdf/agenda/cm/2012/121203/20121203_HHSED1.pdf
5
Ibid.
STELLA B. WERNER COUNCIL OFFICE BUIlDING • ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850
(240) 777-7968·
TTY
(240) 777-7914
COUNCILMEMBER.NAVARRO@MONTGOMERYCOUNTYMD.GOV • WWW.COUNCILMEMBERNAVARRO.COM
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ROCKVILLE, MARi:1..AND
MEMORANDUM
Aprill, 2015
TO:
George Leventhal, Pres' ent, County Council
Jennifer A. Hugh
Joseph F. Beach,
FEIS
for
Bill 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Plea$c find attached the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above­
referenced legislation.
JAH:fz
cc: Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
Joy Nllmli, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department of Finance
Urna Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Human and Health Services
Alex EsphlOS8, Office of Management and Budget
Pofen Sa1ell\ Office of Management aM Budget
Rachel Silverman, Office ofManagement and Budget
Felicia Zhang, Office of Management and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office of Management and Budget
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council
BinH-IS,
Child Care
Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
1, Legislative Summary.
Th.e proposed legislation requires
the
Department of Health
and
Human Services to
provide infonnation sessions, technical assistance, business training, site visits, and bi­
lingual services
io
facilitate licensure and accreditation for prospective and licensed
family child care providers. The legislation would require annual assessments of child
care needs in the County and an annual report detailing the initiative's activities,
accomplishments, objectives, the number of providers serviced,and the types ofservices
provided.
2.
An
estimate of changes
in
County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether the
revenues or expenditures are assumed
in
the recommended or approved budget. Includes
source of infonnation, assumptions, and methodologies used. .
. Additional resources are needed
to
implement the proposed legislation. First year costs
are estimated at $371,213 for three new merit positions, One contractual position, and
operating expenses (see
below).
The positions· will be applied
to
Chapter lOA, Article 1, Section lOA-1, Subsection (b)(l)
through (b)(6) as fonows:
.
• Program
Specialist
II:
apply
to
all
of above;
• Training Assistant: apply
to
Subsection (b)(1) -
(b)(4);
• Community Health Nurse II: apply to Subsection (b)(l)(A) &(B), (bX2), (b)(3),
and possibly (b)(4)
if
the staff is bilingual;
• Therapist II: apply to Subsection (b)(l)(B) and (b)(2) specific to early childhood
mental health services related
io
behavioral and mental health..
No change
in
revenue is anticipated.
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........
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-
FY16 Estimate
..
FTE
Personnel
I
Operating
!
1
Total
ProgramSpe~ialist
II - Quality Enhancement Coordinator
LO
0.5
82,394
I
50,1781
-
82,394
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50178
I
Community
Health
Nurse
It._
I
Theraeist II .
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..
, - .
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hour2
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Training Assistant - contractual (2,080
hours
@ $33 per
computers, furnlture, One-Time-Only (OTO), and
o~oing
Ehone
eXEenses2
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rom fur ilie rrwrn
pooti=
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0.51
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52,041 I
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52,041
68,640
68,640
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1
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18,960
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b~.9..Eerating e~:~~:~Office
supplies. printing,
etc.
1
Total
I
Annual Child Care Needs
Assessment
100,000
100,000
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_~.l.~13_.L_.J2.?.,600
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5,0001
5.000_.
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Note:
lnfra8tructure
costs include one-time only
($17,
7()O) and on-going ($1,260)
cost,,>.
PC estimates
are based on the salary andjringerates!or F'f16.
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years
.....
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...
,
Expenditure
PC
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FYf6
FY17
FY18
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,
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FY19
FY20
184.613
174,900
359,513
FY2l
Total
. 184.613
--_
...........
192,600
184,613
174,900
184613
184,613
174900
184,613
174,900
359,513
$1,107,678
$1067,100
$2,114,778
OE
174,900
!
Total
359,513
.2]7,213
Note:
Persotrnel
cost does not includeI!!ture wage increases.
_..2~.?..!.51~_ ,-~59,5131
4. An actuarial analysis through the entire amortizationperiodfot each bill that would affect
retiree pension or group
insurance costs.
The proposed legislation does not affect retiree pension or group insurance costs.
5. An estimate of expenditures related to County's information technology
(In
systems,
including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
Not applicable,
6. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures if the bill authorizes future
spending.
1110
proposed legislation does not .authorize future spending.
7. An estimate of the staff time needed to implement the hilL
Stafftime
will
be
needed to implement and conduct infonnation sessions, site visits,
business training, and research and write reports. Dedicated
staff
with responsibilities
specific to
the
legislation
",ill
be
required.
Please see #2
and
#3 fotthe proposed legislation's impact on HHS.
8. An explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would
affect
other duties.
Not applicable.
9. An estimate ofcosts when an additional appropriation is needed.
An additional appropriation of $377,213 is
needed
for the first year of implementation.
10. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
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Increased future demand for assistance seeking licensure and accreditation through
training. mcntoring.
and site visits could
result in
Waitillg
lists
if additional future
resources
are
not provided.
11. Ranges of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to project.
Not applicable.
t
2. If a bill is likely to have no fiscal impact, why that is
the
case.
Not applicable.
13.
Other fiscal impacts or comments.
Not applicable.
14.
'n1(~
following contributed to and concurred with this analysis:
JoAnn Barnes, Department of Health and Human Services
Barbara Andrews, Department of Health and Human Services
Patty Stromberg, Department of Health and Human Services
Taman
Morris,
Deprutment of Health and Human Services
Pofen Salem, Office of Management and Budget
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Economic Impact Statement
BiU 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
Background:
This legislation would
create
a Child Care
Expansion
and Quality Enhancement
Initiative
in the Department of Health and Human Services. The Bill would also
specify
the
duties
to
implement the
Initiative.
1. The sources of information, assumptions, alid methodologies used..
It is assumed
that
this initiative may serve to encourage an increase in the number of
licensed family
child
care
providers.
2.
A
description
of
any variable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
The number of
licensed
family child care
providers
is a variable that could
affect
economic
impact estimates. The number of family members who may
be
able to enter
or re-enter the workforce is unknown as a
result
of the increase in
the
availability of
licensed family
child
care
providers.
3.
The
Bill's
positive or negative effect,
if
any on employment, spending,
savjl1g~
investment, incomes, and property values
in
the County.
This Bill
may
have a positive impact on employment and incomes
by
making
additiona1licensed
family child care providers available so
that
more families may
tind
child care and
participate
and/or Ie-enter the workforce. Hpwever, the extent to
which this Bill 'would increase employment and incomes is unknown.
4.
If
a Bill is likely to have no economic impact,why
is
that the case?
See paragraph #3
5.
The following contributed to or concurred with this analysis: David Platt,
Mary
Casciotti, and Rob Hagedoom, Finance.
J
se
each,
Director
Department of
Fimmce
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
Rockville, Maryland
TO:
FROM:
DATE:
RE:
Councilmembers
Council member Hans Riemer
March 12,2015
Legislation to create an Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education
On March 17, I plan to introduce legislation creating a Montgomery County Office of Child Care,
Early Care and Education to make affordable, quality, enriching child care available to all
families. I hope you will consider cosponsoring and supporting this legislation.
A rising number of families in Montgomery County are struggling to find affordable, high quality
child care. Census data shows that there are more than 64.852 children below the age of five in
the county and the Maryland Family Network reports that regulated child care providers offer
only 39,084 slots. This leaves a gap of some 26,000 children. Some undoubtedly stay home with
family members and many more are cared for by informal, unregistered providers. Some kids
may attend child care in other jurisdictions. But ask any parent about their experience with
waiting lists and it is clear that demand far exceeds supply for quality, regulated child care. The
skyrocketing price of regulated child care supports this theory. rhe U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services recommends that parents spend 10% or less of their family income on
child care. Montgomery County residents, on average, spent 22% of their income on child care
in 2014. Child care in Montgomery County costs between 32% and 40% more than the state
average. The State predicts that costs will continue to increase through 2018 by between 9%
and 14% on average. Infant care is predicted to increase a staggering 40% over the next three
years with family care providers.
To address these challenges, I propose legislation establishing a new Office of Child Care, Early
Care and Education. This Office would have a Director with the seniority and authority to shape
policy and forge meaningful partnerships across agencies and with the private sector. Some
functions would be consolidated from the Early Childhood group in the County's Department of
Health and Human Services and other offices with child care functions across the government.
The Office would be charged with developing, updating, and implementing a Child Care
Strategic Plan that addresses child care and early learning in a comprehensive way, establishing
new relationships and partnerships with agencies and businesses, overseeing the selection of
child care providers in public space, and building a stronger bond with parents in the
community.
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As President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union,
lilt's
time we stop treating child
care as a side issue, or a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is
for all of us." I agree with those comments and I believe this Office will help us to appropriately
define the challenge and meet it.
In Maryland, most government regulation and promotion of child care is handled by the State,
though the County supplements the state's efforts in certain areas. HHS is laser focused, as it's
website states, on core services that Ilprotect the community's health, protect the health and
safety of at-risk children and vulnerable adults and address basic human needs including food,
shelter and clothing." This is as it should be. We rely on this Department to provide a robust
safety net that protects our most vulnerable residents.
We do not, however, only provide education for the most disadvantaged children. I believe we
should have a policy strategy for child care that is similarly focused on the entire population,
while resources are prioritized according to need. Like education, adequate availability of child
care affects every family in Montgomery County. A county program that ensures that every
family in Montgomery County has access to high quality, affordable, enriching child care is
crucial for developing our workforce and economy, ensuring equal opportunity for men and
women, and reducing the achievement gap. The creation of this Office will not solve these
problems by itself, but it will at least provide us with the analytical framework and focused
staffing to make informed investments and take a deliberate approach to define our next steps.
The mission is broader than social services and for this reason I believe it is necessary to
establish this function as a principal office rather than a division inside of HHS.
The goals for the Office include:
• Researching need, availability and cost of care.
• Identifying measures to reduce the rising cost of child care, and ensuring that affordable
early child care and learning are available to all County residents.
• Ensuring that there are sufficient providers and spaces to meet riSing demand.
• Improving the overall quality of early care and education to adequately prepare children
for kindergarten and beyond.
• Fully integrating child care and early learning into our economic and workforce
development strategy.
• Regular reporting on progress towards the plan.
Thank you for your consideration.
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TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISIAH LEGGETT
Bill 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
March 17,2015
Good afternoon Council Members, I am JoAnn Bames, Chief of Children Youth and
Family Services in Health and Human Services, and it is my pleasure to appear at this
hearing on behalf of County Executive Isiah Leggett in support of Bill 11-15. We believe
that our Early Childhood Services, as part ofDHHS Children, Youth and Family
Services, work towards many of the goals of this bill. The bill proposes expansion of the
work that we are currently doing to support providers through training, technical
assistance and mentoring across the County. Our goal is to serve a very diverse group of
Family Child Care Providers. Our staff at the Montgomery County Child Care Resource
and Referral Center (MCCCR&RC) is bilingual in several languages, with half bilingual
in Spanish. We translate materials, offer training sessions in Spanish and provide one-on­
one and small group technical assistance and mentoring in Spanish.
Our vision for strengthening Child Care and Early Childhood Services focuses our work
on three pillars related to Child Care: (1) looking closing at the infrastructure and facility
issues that impact parents and providers in the provision of services; (2) examining ways
to enhance the quality of child care for families at all economic levels; and (3) looking at
affordability andprogram access for low-income families through programs like the
Working Parents Assistance Program.
We will provide information regarding proposed costs of the enhancements proposed in
this bill as a part of the fiscal impact process. Additionally, we will propose several
amendments to the bill related to: (1) the work that we will do with unlicensed providers
to move them along the registration/licensing continuum with the State Office of Child
Care Licensing; and (2) an effective means of measuring the actual "need" for child care
in Montgomery County.
We appreciate Councilmembers Navarro and Floreen's continued support of high quality
child care and agree that this bill will help us reach more of the informal or unregulated
family child care providers in the County so as to improve the opportunities for all young
children and their readiness for schooL While we consistently work on many of the
aspects of this bill, expanding the work of the Montgomery County Child Care Resource
and Referral Center would allow us to reach more providers and expand on the quality
initiatives already in place.
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DEPARTMENT OF REALTII AND HUMAN SERVICES
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
Uma S. Ahluwalia
Director
TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISIAH LEGGETT
Bill
13-15
Office of Child Care - Established
March
31, 2015
Good evening. My name is Vma Ahluwalia and I am the director of Montgomery County
Department of Health and Human Services.
I
am here tonight to speak on behalf of the County
Executive regarding Bill
13-15,
Office of Child Care. This bill.proposes the creation of an
Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education as a principal office in County government that
would provide leadership and policy direction for the implementation of the programs currently
in the Early Childhood Division ofHHS' Children Youth and Family Services. The bill also
proposes certain changes related to the community lise ofpublic facilities for child care and
before and after school care.
I
first would like to speak to the County's commitment to
strengthen child care, early care and education.
The functions
in
Article
1
of the proposed bill are largely already within the Department of
Health and Human Services and are a part of our mission. Our vision for strengthening Child
Care and. Early Childhood Services focuses on three pillars related to Child Care:
(l) Infrastructure
and Facilities: Looking closely at the infrastructure and facility issues that
impact parents and providers in the provision of services that is responsive to all consumers
of child care seryices regardless of their financial capacity. This body of work includes
reviewing and creating new criteria to be used for expansion of child care into new schools
and public spaces, data modelling to inform the need for child care and collaboration with
other agencies to ensure that there is a strong focus on quality programming in the selection
process.
(2) Quality Initiatives: Examining ways to enhance the quality of child care for children
in
families at all economic levels and assisting providers as they strive to meet the new State
quality ratings. This area of work involves examining the readiness gaps for low income
families and English language learners as well as for children with disabilities; prioritizing
outreach for parents and providers and to further expand current quality efforts and support
Mrs. Navarro's quality initiative.
(3) Access and Affordability: Looking at affordability and program access for low-income
families through programs like the Working Parents Assistance Program. Create a master
plan for child care in public space in conjunction with county growth priorities and develop a
budget that reflects those priorities.
Office of the Director
401 Hungerford Drive • Rockville, Maryland 20850 •
240-777~1275
• FAX 240-777-1494· MD Relay 711
www.montgomerycountymd.gov/hhs
montgomerycountymd.gov/311
240-773-3556 TTY
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TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISlAIl LEGGETT
Bil113-15 Office
of
Child Care - Established
March 31,2015
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In
addition, we have worked to create an Early Child Care Advisory Council in the County as
required by the State. The leadership of the Council has been extensively
trained
by MSDE and
now are formulating a separate agenda for Montgomery County in collaboration with key
stakeholders.
We are sensitive to the public voice of advocates and stakeholders regarding many of our
programs at HHS. We recognize that this bill and the voices of the many stakeholders in this
room reflect a call for greater attention to be paid to the importance of child care and early
learning. Within HHS we believe that integration of Early Childhood Services within our
Children, Youth and Family Service Area is a best practices model. There are important
dependencies that currently exist between early care and education, linkages to learning,
childien's mental health, infants and toddlers, child care subsidies and other programs. The
establishment of this new office will create the unintended consequence of separating functions
that are best performed in an integrated fashion.
County government is unable to support this bill as proposed. However, the County Executive
believes that the goals of this bill could be achieved by the addition of an early Childhood Policy
Officer that reports at the highest level in HHS and by the effort to reconfigure the Early
Childhood Advisory Council as the Early Childhood Coordinating Council that is written into
statute and would support the strategic work of Early Childhood Services within the County.
The Executive branch could support amendments to this bill that do not create a new and
separate office, but instead add a Policy Officer who would work with a Coordinating Council to
set the County agenda for Child Care, Early Care and Education.
Thank you once
again
for the opportunity to testify before you today.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOAI<D
ApriJ2,2015
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850 Hungerford Drive .. Rockville, Maryland 20850
The Honorable George Leventhal, Preskfent
Montgomery County Council
Stella B. Werner Council Office Building
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Dear Mr. Leventhal:
I am wrIting to share thoughts on pending bills before the County Council to address child
care resources and management. Specifically, Councilmember Hans Riemer has offered
a bill that would create an office of child care in county government, and Councilmembers
Nancy Navarro and Nancy Floreen are offering a bill that would create a child care
expansion and quality enhancement initiative within
the
Department of Health and Human
Services.
The Montgomery County Board of Education appreciates the work of CounciJrnembers
on this important issue. Appropriate and comprehensive early childhood education is
crucial
to
dosing the achievement gap, and is impacted by the quality of available
childcare. The Board's StrategiC Planning Framework and legislative priorities are
influenced by a deep belief in high-quality early childhood initiatives, and the need to
shore up gaps in instructional preparedness before youngsters show up at the school
door.
The proposed bills demonstrate that Councilmembers have been thinking hard about this
important issue; ano
l
in meetlngs and conversations, I. have been impressed by their
commitment and passion for meaningful positive change in how this county approaches
the availability and need for quality chiJdcare, especially in the face
of
a vastly changed
populatfon. We would like to be part of the conversation and welcome the opportunity to
create a shared vision. Therefore, it is important that all key stakeholders be in the same
room to ensure that we are all talking to each other and getting buy-in. Key agencies like
the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Community Use
of Public Facilities; the county executive's office, as well as
the
school system, partnering
with the County Council, need
to
come up
with
a structure and resources both to realize
this goal and to meet the needs of our children.
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The Honorable George Leventhal
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April 2, 2015
Once more, I want to thank Councilmembers Hans Riemer, Nancy Navarro, and Nancy
Floreen for all their work on attempting to level the playing field for all children in terms of
the provision of childcare. The Board stands ready to help in any way that is needed to
achieve this laudable goal.
Sincerely,
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Patricia B. O'Neill
President
Copy to:
Mr. Leggett
Members of the County Council
Members of the Board of Education
Mr. Bowers
Dr. Statham
Dr. Zuckerman
Dr. Navarro
Mr.lkheloa
Mr. Song
Ms. Ahluwalia
Ms. Gong
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COMMISSION ON CHILD CARE
Apri116,2015
The Honorable George Leventhal
President, Montgomery County Council
100 Maryland Avenue, 6
th
Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Dear County Council President Leventhal:
At our meeting last night, the Commission on Child Care reviewed the briefing
packet that was published today for
this
Friday's joint HHSIED'Committee meeting.
There
are
significant amendments proposed to child care bills 11-15 and 13-15 and the
briefing packet raises a series of questions for consideration related to the proposed
approaches to legislation outlined in each ofthe bills.
The Commission would like to offer Committee members the following guidance
for consideration on key elements that we believe are essential to ensuring consolidated,
coordinated and effective administration ofhigh quality child care and early education
services in Montgomery County:
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and visibility necessary to recommend and affect policy change and align systems
across departments and agencies.
• A strong statement that the responsibility for coordination and administration of
all aspects of managing child care providers in public space, including MCPS,
should be consolidated into the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
under direction of the Child Care Officer; to the extent authorized by State Law.
We understand that there would be an additional step required with the Board of
Education to delegate some aspects of this responsibility.
• A Strategic Plan that defines the comprehensive actions and funding needed to
support child care, early education initiatives and school readiness. This plan
would be developed by the Child Care and Early Education Officer with support
from the Commission on Child Care and the proposed Early Childhood
Coordinating Council (ECCC). The plan would specifically outline opportunities
to align and streamline policies and systems that support child care in the County
and should also evaluate the feasibility of a "hub consortium model" and other
best practices in service delivery.
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• The ECCC be constituted with a pennanent position for a Commission on Child
Care member as designated by the Commission.
We appreciate the Council's commitment
to
thoughtful consideration of these
very important issues related
to
the delivery of high quality child care and early
education. The issues are compiex and will require a commitment oftime and resources
to affect meaningful change. We look forward
to
collaborating with HHS and other key
stakeholders to provide support and expertise as the Council approaches a
final
bill.
Sincerely,
The Commission on Child Care
Cc County Executive lsiah Leggett
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COMMUNITY AL'lION BOARD
, April
16, 2015'
Montgomery County Council
, Council Office Building
100 Maryland Avenue, 5th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Dear Councilmembers:
As the Council continues its discussion of early care and education in the County, I am writing
on behalf of the Community Action Board (CAB) to express our support for strengthening early
childhood services through Council legislation. Furthermore, we agree with DHHS Director,
Uma Ahluwalia that creating an early childhood policy position within DHHS, rather than a new
office, will allow for additional oversight of child care, while maintaining consistency within the
existing offices that handle licensing, outreach, vouchers, training, and other important quality
initiatives. The Board, also supports a strategic plan for child care and early childhood services,
to clarify the County's early childhood care and educational goals, and help focus attention on
programs and practices that are working, along with those needing improvement. The
formalizing of the Early Childhood Advisory Council is also an important step to making sure
that the holistic needs of young children are reflected in policy and planning.
As the voice of the County's low-income community and the governing body for Head Start, our
Board has been a consistent advocate for critical early childhood issues, and includes Head Start
representatives among its members/:lip. Our Board believes that assuring access to Head Start
and high-quality early childhood services are key
strategie~
in ending poverty; especially for
families with barriers such as generational poverty, limited English proficiency, and lack of
knowledge of essential community resources. Historically, CAB's advocacy has encompassed:
• Expanding hours for children served by Head Start and PreK, and providing the same
comprehensive services for PreK children as for Head Start, inc!udingnutrjtion, health
screenings, family support and parent education
Department of Healfh and Human
Services. Office
ofCommuntty Affairs • Community Action Agency
2424 Reedie Drive. 2nd Floor,
Suite
238 • Wheaton.
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20902
240-777-1691
(Voice
or
via
MD Relay@ 711) • 240-777-3295 FAX
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• Increasing funding for Working Parents Assistance, to serve more children
• Increasing access to early childhood programs for three year olds
• Supporting the County's Early Head Start and Judy Center programs (including the
program which meets at Community Action's TESS Center). and increasing funding for
the Infants and Toddlers Program
Both the Self-Sufficiency Standard and Faces of Poverty reports document that for low-income
families, child care costs consume more than a third of income. At our poverty forum, low­
income residents were vocal about the immense burden of paying for child care. Residents
have asked for the Board's help to convey their
message~-
access to affordable, high-quality
child care is an essential element in improving the economic well-being of their families, and in
helping to ensure that all children will be ready to learn.
Thank you for .focusing the CouncWs attention on improving child care
services.
We look
forward to working with you to address the pressing issues impacting low-income children.
C airman
Community Action Board
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HHS Options to
Bill 13-15
The creation of a new office of Child Care diminishes efforts to integrate related human services related
to child care and early education resources by eliminating the following intersections:
Child Care Subsidies with the Office of Eligibility and Support Services achieving efficiencies as
well as a one-stop approach.
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with Behavioral Health and Crises Services providing
support to Providers working with children with social and emotional behavioral problems.
Early Childhood Nurse Consultation with Public Health Services' Community Health and School
Nurses providing training resources for providers and referral opportunities for families.
Resources and Referral Training Services connecting Providers with Resources from the Infant
and Toddlers Program.
Parent Cafes, Child link connect parents and providers with a variety of CYF Services including
linkages to Learning, Kennedy Cluster/Watkins Mill Cluster (recently confirmed by the PYDI
budget), Eligibility and Support Services.
Infants and Toddlers Program and Disability Services.
Most of the responsibilities in Bill 13-15 are included in the work that Early Childhood Services performs
in HHS and should not be separated from the programs mentioned above.
As options to the bill, HHS recommends consideration of the following:
Elevate the Early Childhood Advisory Council to
on
Early Childhood Coordinating Council. By adding
local responsibilities to the ECAC, the Council can authorize the ECAC to serve
as
the entity to lead
research; promote collaboration between HHS, MCPS and other county agencies and stakeholders;
seek innovative programs and policy. This group would create both
a
strategic plan for the program
and
on
annual report. Cost to implement is nominal.
And/Or
Create
a
Child Core and Early Education OffICer with stoff to provide leadership to the research, review
and implementation ofChild Core and Early Education programming; promote coordination and
collaboration among county agencies, departments and stakeholders
to
expand opportunities
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throughout the County; and lead the work
0/
the Coordinating Coundl. The cost
to
implement this Is
approximately $385,000 for three positions, including the Policy Officer, and administrative support
staff person and a data and planning spedalist. This option could begin by just hiring the policy officer
until a strategic plan is drafted.
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Montgomery County Early Care Education Congress Action Agenda
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Montgomery County has a strong tradition of supporting high quality early care and education to promote
school readiness. Building on this history and on the County's 2000
Early Childhood Comprehensive Plan,
Montgomery County was identifed as a site for the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Leadership in Action
Program (LAP) in
2007.
Montgomery County LAP (MCLAP) participants engaged more than
20
community
partners from the pu blic an
d
private sector of the early care and education community to focus on a
single outcome "aU Montgomery County children will enter school fully ready to learn."
As a result, MCLAP developed a
Draft Action Agenda
and launched the
EarLy Care and Education Congress
to engage as many stakeholders as possible to refine the Action Agenda and mobilize the entire early
chHdhood community to focus on all children entering school fully ready to learn. Ultimately the
Congress will serve as an organizing body -- aligning the work of the early care and education community.
The first
Montgomery County Early Care and Education Congress (MCECEC)
was held on April
18, 2008
with more than
100
attendees for the first public announcement on the
Action Agenda's
preliminary
goals and action steps. In addition,
239
early childhood stakeholders completed the online survey noting
their comments, impressions and general feedback to the
draft.
As a result of this community input, new
action steps, ideas and perspectives were incorporated into the d raft. With the understanding that this
is a living document of the early childhood community, we now present the
Early Care and Education
Congress's Action Agenda
to guide our work from this point forward. We welcome further input on the
agenda and involvement in the work groups that will continue to refine and shape the agenda.
The
Montgomery County Early Care and Education Congress
(MCECEC) will continue to engage new
partners and leaders to implement the
Action Agenda
and meet periodically to coordinate efforts in the
early childhood community. It is our hope that the MCECEC Action Agenda will serve as a broad
framework to allow the early childhood community and its partners to identify, individually and
collectively, where they may contribute most effectively to the result of ensuring all young children are
ready for school.
You hold an integral role in this process and work. As a champion Of Montgomery County's youngest
residents and a supporter of a family-focused early ch ildhood service deUvery system, it is our hope
that you will sign
on
and make every effort
to
do your part. Help
us
to
continue
on
this path toward.
success and our commitment
to
the children and families of Montgomery County.
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You can sign on to the Montgomery County Early Care and Education Congress and demonstrate your
support and commitment to implementing the Action Agenda by completing and returning the
··Statement of Support" form on the last page.
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The Action Plan
Goal 1:
Everyone in Montgomery County
will
understand the need to support school readiness and their role
children for school.
When people understand the value of early care and education to learning and life, they will support
activities and programs that promote school readiness. The actions below are designed to increase public awareness,
enhance parents' role as their child's first and best teacher, and engage public support for these initiatives.
in preparing
Rationale:
Recommended Action Steps
1.
Engage and Empower Parents and Caregivers
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Expand "help me grow" public engagement efforts to reach new audiences by ensuring information is shared in
multiple languages, supporting presentation of information and materials, and participating in activitieslevents.
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Under the "help me grow" umbrella, create and distribute materials to educate parents and the general public
using a variety of media outlets and in languages other than English.
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Make information about parenting, child development and community resources easily available to all parents and
caregivers.
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Create opportunities for all parents and caregivers to engage in school readiness activities, wherever children are.
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Include parents in decision making and development of outreach and activity planning.
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Make special and priority efforts to engage new partners and leaders to participate in the Montgomery County
Early Care
&
Education Congress, especially parents and members of minority communities.
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Conduct targeted outreach to actively engage minOrity populations, and to communicate the value of high quality
early care and education settings.
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2. Educate and
Obtairfthe
Commitment
of
Policy
Makers and Business Leaders
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Educate elected officials, policy makers and business leaders about the value of early care and education and its
link to school readiness using the "help me grow" public engagement materials.
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Ensure that specific advocacy and education efforts aimed at elected officials will include garnering their support
for increased training opportunities for providers.
21 Pursue cost-benefit analyses of prevention and early intervention strategies.
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Ensure that materials for elected officials and business leaders clearly articulate the positive returns on investing
early in high quality programs for aLL children, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
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Develop a Legislative Agenda that is developed and adopted at the local level and promoted at the state level
based on the recommendations of the Montgomery County Early Care
&
Education Congress.
21 Identify leaders who will talk with elected officials about the importance of investing in early care and education.
Make special effort to identify parents and "corporate champions" willing to talk with elected officials about
early care and education.
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Advocate for the expansion of effective early childhood and family support services to targeted populations by
participating in writing grants, lobbying ladvocating, etc.
21 Keep policy makers informed on the status of Universal Preschool and Community-based Pre-Kindergarten .
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Goal
2:
All children, birth through age
5,
will have access
to
high quality and culturally competent early care and
education programs and health services that meet the needs of famWes, especially low-income families, families with
children with disabilities and English language learners.
Rationale:
The data show that children who participate in high quality early care and education programs and services
are more ready for kindergarten than those children who do not participate in high quality programs.
Recommended Action Steps
1 . Improve Early
Childhood
Program Effectiveness
o
Promote evidenced based practices.
o
Identify and fund programs that achieve the best outcomes for young children.
o
Increase the availability of onsite early childhood mental health consultations for aU family child care, center
child care, pre-kindergarten classrooms and other group settings.
2. Promote Access
to
High Quality Programs
by
Eliminating Barriers
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Solicit parent input and possible solutions/strategies.
o
Analyze barriers and develop strategies to address them.
o
Promote improvements to the child care subsidy system that will support families'
ability to access high quality
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early care and education programs and services such as reducing parent co-pays.
Encourage outreach to low-income families, families with children with disabilities and English language
learners to increase their involvement in high quality early care and education programs and services.
Enhance family involvement and support in early childhood programs.
Ensure that schools are ready for ALL children.
Promote the provision of service and program information, both verbal and written, in languages beyond English
and Spanish.
Advocate for equitable salaries and benefits for aLL members of the early care and education workforce based on
education and experience.
Promote communication and coordination among parents, child care, early intervention and school staff to
foster smooth transitions and collaboration as children grow.
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Promote comprehensive health and wellness screenings and services as a part of aU quality early childhood
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programs.
Work in concert with existing public and private health services and providers.
Encourage each pediatrician to have a staff member who is involved with the early care and education
community-wide efforts.
Promote good health and nutrition among families with young children as part of overall well-being.
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will be appropriately educated in
promoting and understanding a comprehensive approach
to
the development of the whole child, including physical, social­
emotional and cognitive well-being as a basis for school readiness.
Goal 3:
All professionals, who work with children birth to age five and their families,
Rationale:
Early experiences, environment and healthy development determine whether a child's brain will provide a
strong or weak foundation for all future learning. Programs and policies that ensure a well trained and highly skilled early
care and education workforce are imperative. The need for ongoing, relevant training and professional development for
early care and education staff, health practitioners and families is constant, and the demand for high-quality professional
development and training far outweighs the supply.
Recommended Action Steps
Strengthen the Professional Development System for Those Working with Young Children
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Implement a quality professional development system through continuing coordination and expanding
education, credentialing, technical aSSistance, and training in collaboration with training institutions, academic
institutions, and other organizations.
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Create greater partnership opportunities among training organizations to expand professional development and
to align practices, especially in school readiness.
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Promote program accreditation and best practices in school readiness, including the role of play in the
curriculum and the importance of parent involvement.
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Ensure training for cultural competency so staff may work effectively with diverse populations, including ethnic
groups, low-income families and English language learners.
o
Expand pool of well-trained early childhood professionals, including opportunities for those who are English
language learners or not currently working in regulated settings.
o
Provide incentives such as free and low-cost trainings for formal and informal caregivers to participate in
opportunities for skill bullding.
o
Expand opportunities for health professionals to learn about developmental "red flags" that warrant referral to
early intervention services.
o
Use technology to increase access to information about early care and education.
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Expand the capacity of early care and education professionals to meet the needs of families with children with
special needs.
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Bill 11-15/BIII 13-15
Personnel Cost
Policy Director Mil
OSC (Grade 16)
Data Specialist - Planning Specialist III (Grade 23)
PC total
Operating Expenditure
Infrastructure cost PINs
General Office supplies
Printing
&
Mail
Travel
Memberships and Dues
Professional Purchase of Services - contract for Strategic
Plan
FTE
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1.0
1.0
1.0
87,335
33,935
30,060
FY17
174,670
67,870
120,240
3.0
151,330
362,780
19,765
2,500
1,000
2,500
1,000
75,000
1,740
5,000
2,000
5,000
2,000
75,000
90,740
OEtotal
101,765
Total Cost
0.5 for Policy Director; 0.5 for OSC; and 0.25 for Data Specialist.
3.0
253,095
453,520
Personnel Cost is the average of DHHS positions in the same job class. The FY16 PC is lapsed
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FY16 Infrastructure cost includes - furniture, desk phone, smart phone, computers - OTO
($19,000) and ongoing ($765) costs. FY17 ongoing costs are $1,740.
Strategic Plan
will
be completed in FY17 and updated every three years.