HHS-ED ITEM 2&3
April 27, 2015
Worksession
MEMORANDUM
April 23, 2015
TO:
Health and Human Services Committee
Education Committee
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Attomey~lJ.;1
Worksession:
Bill 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
Bill 13-15, Office of Child Care - Established
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Bill 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative, sponsored by
Councilmembers Navarro, Floreen, and EIrich, was introduced on March 3, 2015. A public hearing
was held on March 17. Bill 13-15, Office of Child Care - Established, sponsored by
Councilmember Riemer, was introduced on March 17. A public hearing was held on March 31.
Background
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 the sponsor explaining the rationale for this legislation is on
©5A-5B. Bill 13-15 would create an Office of Child Care as a principal office in County
government and specify the duties ofthat Office. A memorandum from the sponsor explaining the
rationale for this legislation is on ©35-36.
Public Hearing
At the public hearing on Bill 11-15, JoAnn Barnes, on behalf of the Executive, testified in general
support of Bill 11-15 (©11). The Council also heard from many residents (providers and
consumers of child care) in support of the bill (© 12-27).
At the public hearing on Bill 13-15, Uma Ahluwalia, on behalf of the Executive, testified in
opposition of Bill 13-15. 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
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Childhood Coordinating Council (ECCC) (©45-46).1 The Council heard from residents (providers
and consumers of child care) both in support of the bill and expressing concerns (©47-86).
(Correspondence referencing both bills is on ©87-97.)
Proposed AmendmentsfIssues for Committee Discussion
Councilmember Navarro intends to offer an amendment to Bill 11-15 at the worksession
(©102-110). Councilmember Riemer also provides an amendment to Bill 13-15 for the
Committee's consideration (©113-121). There are similarities and differences with both
amendments. (Comments from Ms. Ahluwalia regarding a prior version of Ms. Navarro's
amendment is on ©111-I12.)
1.
Office of Child Care, Early Care, and Education or Child Care and Early Education
Officer
As introduced, Bill 13-15 would establish an Office of Child Care, Early Care, and Education and
assign duties to that Office. Neither Ms. Navarro nor Mr. Riemer's amendments would require the
creation of an Office of Child Care, Early Care, and Education; both amendments would require
the Executive to appoint a Child Care and Early Education Officer (©102 and 113). The Executive
supports this approach, though Ms. Ahluwalia emphasizes that this position would be a high-level
person to coordinate various aspects of County functions and that the programming components
will stay within the Children, Youth, and Families Division in HHS (© 111). Under Ms. Navarro's
amendment, the position would be merit; under Mr. Riemer's amendment, the position would be
non-merit. Ms. Ahluwalia has indicated her preference that the Officer be a merit position.
Council staff comments:
By following this model, the fiscal impact is cut in half. OMB estimated
that establishing an Office of Child Care would require $682,610 in new FY16 funds (©39); HHS
estimated that to implement the Officer approach (by hiring an Officer, administrative support
person, and a data and planning specialist) would cost about $385,000 (©99).
Questions for Committee members to discuss:
• Should there be an Office of Child Care, Early Care, and Education?
• Should the Executive designate a Child Care and Early Education Officer?
• Should the Officer be merit or non-merit?
2.
Duties of the Child Care and Early Education Officer
There are differences between the two amendments regarding the duties that would be assigned to
the Officer. Under Ms. Navarro's amendment, the Officer would:
• promote coordination and collaboration among County agencies and departments to
expand child care opportunities;
• monitor and support coordination between HHS and CUPF to administer the selection of
providers in public space (including MCPS facilities) to the extent authorized by State law;
the public hearing on Bill 13-15, Executive staff transmitted a document with more concrete options (©98-99).
That memorandum is the general basis for the amendments proposed separately by Ms. Navarro and Mr. Riemer.
1
After
2
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
• 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 as developed by
the Coordinating Council;
• serve as a liaison between County government and the public on child care-related issues;
and
• submit an annual report (©102-103).
Under Mr. Riemer's amendment, the Officer would perform the duties that would have been
assigned to the Office of Child Care, Early Care, and Education. These duties are:
• provide leadership and policy direction for an innovative approach to the research, review,
and implementation of child care programming;
• provide leadership and serve as a focal point for early childhood education and care
services;
• promote coordination and collaboration among County agencies and departments to
expand child care opportunities;
• seek innovative public-private partnerships between business, MCPS, and the County;
• administer the selection of providers in public space (including MCPS facilities) to the
extent authorized by State law;
• develop ways to expand the amount of public and private space available for child care
servIces;
• provide staff support for the Early Childhood Coordinating Council;
• submit an annual report; and
• prepare a Strategic Plan for Child Care, in consultation with the Commission on Child Care
(©114-115).
Council staff comments:
There are some similarities and many differences between the duties
that would be assigned to the Child Care and Early Education Officer. Similarities include that
under both amendments, the Officer would:
• promote coordination and collaboration among County agencies and departments to
expand child care opportunities;
• to a certain extent, administer the selection of providers in public space (although under
Ms. Navarro's amendment, this language would be broadened to state that the Officer
would monitor and support the coordination with CUPF to administer the selection of
providers);2
• provide staff support to the Early Childhood Coordinating Council; and
• submit an annual report.
The remaining duties under each amendment are different from the other. There are 3 particularly
significant differences between the sets of amendments. First, under Ms. Navarro's amendments,
the Officer would be required to staff a Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
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.
2
3
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
(© 102). Staffing of this Initiative is not required by Mr. Riemer's amendment. The Initiative is
discussed immediately following this item in this memorandum.
Second, under Ms. Navarro's amendments, the Officer would be required to monitor and support
the implementation of the Early Childhood Initiative as developed by the Coordinating Council
(©ID2). 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 ©122. Staffing ofthis
Initiative is not required by
Mr.
Riemer's amendment.
Third, under
Mr.
Riemer's amendment, the Officer would be required to prepare a Strategic Plan
for Child Care, in consultation with the Commission on Child Care, by 1 year from the date the
bill is enacted. This Plan would include:
• specific goals and implementation strategies for improving early childhood services and
child care provider assistance and counseling;
• planning for new child care services in public space, including in public school projects;
• planning for expansion of child care space through public-private partnerships;
• research on the supply, demand, and affordability of child care throughout the County;
• 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
• a plan to improve readiness for children entering kindergarten through enhanced early care
and education services (©114-11S).
This Plan is not required by Ns. Navarro's amendment.
Council staff notes that Executive staff appear to be in general agreement with the duties as
assigned by Ms. Navarro's amendment (with minor changes), but Council staff is unsure of
Executive staffs position as
it
relates to the duties as assigned by Mr. Riemer's amendment.
Questionsfor Committee members to discuss:
• What duties should the Officer have? Options include assigning the duties as recommended
by Ms. Navarro, assigning the duties as recommended by Mr. Riemer, or a combination
thereof.
• Should one of the duties assigned to the Officer include a Strategic Plan on Child Care?
• Should one of the duties be to support the implementation of the Early Childhood
Initiative?
• Should the Officer administer the selection of providers in public space? Or should the
Officer coordinate with CUPF to administer the selection of providers in public space?
4
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
3.
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 (©3).
Ms. Navarro's amendment would retain all of these provisions (thOUgh clarify 2 provisions),
except that the annual assessment would be reassigned to the Early Childhood Coordinating
Council, who would conduct a "periodic" countywide needs assessment (©107). Mr. Riemer's
amendment does not include this Initiative, but does require the Coordinating Council to conduct
a countywide periodic needs assessment
119).
Questions/or Committee members to discuss:
• Should a Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative be established?
. 4.
Early Childhood Advisory Council
Both sets of amendments would establish the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) in law
and rename
it
the Early Childhood Coordinating Council (ECCC). The ECAC was formed in April
2013 due to a requirement ofa State Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant. As described
in its first annual report, "the role of the ECACis 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."
As drafted, both amendments are closely aligned with the composition and function of the ECAC
as contained in the ECAC's bylaws. There are 3 differences between the amendments on this
point:
.
• Hub consortium.
Ms. Navarro's amendment would require the ECCC to "develop a hub
consortium that connects family child care providers to accredited child care centers and
schools"
109). This duty is not contained in Mr. Riemer's amendment.
• Early Childhood Initiative.
Ms. Navarro's amendment would require the ECCC to 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 (©109).
• Membership.
Mr. Riemer's amendment would increase the number of members from 33­
34 and include the Chair of the County's Commission on Child Care as an ex officio
member of the ECAC (©117). The ECAC's current bylaws do not include the Chair as an
ex officio member.
5
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Council staff comments: Council staff's understanding is that the ECAC is intended to be an
ongoing advisory body. Therefore, Council staff believes that it is appropriate, and preferable, to
establish this body in a more formal way (currently the ECAC is not established by Executive
order, law, or resolution). 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.
Regarding the duty to develop the hub consortium model, Council staff understands the purpose
of this model is to provide training, technical assistance, and mentoring to family child care
providers. If so, Council staff recommends adding this language to this duty to provide the ECCC
with clear direction. '
Finally, Council staff notes that if the Committee supports either amendment, language should be
added to stagger the terms of the public members such that only about a quarter ofthe membership
slots are appointed in any given year.
Questions for Committee members to discuss:
• Should the Early Childhood Coordinating Council be established in law?
• Should the ECCC develop a hub consortium?
• Should the ECCC update the Early Childhood Initiative?
• Should membership on the ECCC increase from 33 to 34 and include the Chair of the
Commission on Child Care as a member?
This packet contains:
Bill 11-15 Materials
BiI111-15
Legislative Request Report
Memorandum from sponsor
Fiscal Impact Statement
Testimony/Correspondence
Bill 13-15 Materials
Bill 13-15
Legislative Request Report
Memo from Sponsor
Fiscal Impact Statement
Testimony/Correspondence
Other correspondence
Board of Education
Commission on Child Care
Community Action Board
John Surr
HHS Options Memorandum
Navarro Amendments
HHS Comments
Riemer Amendments
Early Childhood Initiative "Action Agenda"
F:\LA
W\B
ILLS\1511 Child Care Expansion (NN)\HHS-ED Memo REVISED.Docx
Circle
#
1
5
5A
6
11
28
34
35
37
45
87
89
93
95
98
100
111
113
122
6
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Bill No.
11-15
Concerning: Child Care Expansion and
Quality Enhancement Initiative
Revised:
9/19/2014
Draft No. _3_
Introduced:
March 3, 2015
Expires:
September 3,2016
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
-!.!.No~n.!!::e'__
_ _ _ _ __
Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmembers Navarro and Floreen
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
(3)
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.
By renaming and adding
Montgomery County Code
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Section lOA-I, IOA-2, IOA-3, IOA-4, IOA-5, IOA-6, IOA-7, IOA-8, IOA-9
By renumbering
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Sections lOA-I, IOA-2, IOA-3, IOA-4, IOA-5
Chapter 27, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Sections 27-62 and 27-62A
Boldface
Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface brackets]]
* * *
Heading or defined term.
Added to 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 thefollowing Act:
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL No. 11-15
1
Sec.
1.
Chapter lOA is renamed and Article I (Section lOA-I) of Chapter
lOA 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 Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative.
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
W
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
10
11
12
designee.
Family child care provider
has the same meaning as in Section 5-550 of
the Family Law Article of the Maryland Code or any successor
proVISIon.
13
14
ilil
Initiative.
The Department must:
15
16
17
ill
at least quarterly, hold an information session:
(A) for prospective family child care providers, on the steps
necessary to become licensed
.by
the State; and
ill)
for licensed family child care providers, on the steps
18
19
necessary
to
achieve
State,
regional,
or national
20
21
accreditation;
ill
provide technical assistance and business training to family child
care providers;
22
23
24
ill
if requested,
licensing;
conduct
~
site-visit for potential family child care
providers to provide feedback and assistance to obtain state
25
26
ill
provide services in Spanish, and other languages as requested, in
~
27
culturally competent manner;
@
f:\law\bills\1S11 child care expansion (nn)\bill3.doc
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL
No. 11-15
28
29
30
31
ill
conduct an annual assessment of child care needs in the County;
and
®
if)
prepare an annual report, as required in subsection
(£1
Regulations.
The Executive may adopt regulations under Method
ill
to
administer the Initiative.
February
1
each year, the Department must submit to
32
33
34
35
36
37
@
Annual report.
~
the County Council an annual report on:
ill
ill
ill
its
activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives;
the results ofthe annual child care needs assessment; and
the number of family child care providers serviced and
services provided.
~
of
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
Sec. 2. Article 2 of Chapter lOA is added and Sections lOA-l, lOA-2,
lOA-3, lOA-4, lOA-5, and lOA-6 are renumbered as follows:
Article 2. Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program.
[lOA-l] lOA-2. Purpose and objectives.
*
[lOA-2] lOA-3. Eligibility.
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
[lOA-3] lOA-4. Uses
of funds.
46
47
*
[lOA-4] lOA-5. Loan amounts and rates.
48
49
50
51
52
53
54
55
*
[lOA-5] lOA-6. Loan procedures.
*
*
*
*
[lOA-6] lOA-7. Revolving loan fund.
*
*
]S
*
Sec. 3. Article
*
vm
of Chapter 27 (Sections 27-62 and 27-62A)
renumbered as follows:
o
f:\lawlbills\1511 child care expansion (nn)IbHl 3.doc
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL
No. 11-15
56
57
58
Article VIII. [Commission on Child Care.] Reserved.
Article 3. Commission on Child Care.
[27-62] lOA-So Commission on child care.
59
*
*
*
60
61
Article 4. Child Care Facilities Impact Statements.
[27-62A] IOA-9. Child Care facilities impact statements.
62
63
Approved:
*
*
*
64
George Leventhal, President, County Council
65
Approved:
Date
66
Isiah Leggett, County Executive
67
This is a correct copy a/Council action.
Date
68
Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
Date
f:\Iaw\bills\1511 child care expansion (nn)\bill3.doc
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 11-15
Child Care Expansion and Quality 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:
NI
A
f:\law\bills\1511 child care expansion (nn)\lrr.docx
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCIL
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
COUNCILMEMBER NANCY NAVARRO
DISTRICT
4
MEMORANDUM
February 20, 2015
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Councilmembers
~/~<:1fi/,~·4
Councilmember Nancy Nav;'r6/
1'/
.
~
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.
l
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 chHdhood 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 stmtegic 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 of the future. Failing to invest in this area
will have detrimental effects on Montgomery County's overall economic competitiveness.
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-
Progra m/Resources/Files/CYF%20Docs/2013 MontgomeryCountyD emographics.pdf
2
https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/H HS/Resources/Files/Reports/CCCAnn ual Report12 -13FINAL.pdf
3
http://web.mit.ed u/workplacecenter/docs/Full%20Report. pdf
1
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
A pivotal component of this strategy is the integration of Family 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% of the
staff in both licensed family childcare and center-based programs speak: a language other than
English.
5
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.
http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/content!council/pdf/agenda/cm/2012/121203/20121203_HHSED1.pdf
5
Ibid.
4
STELLA B. WERNER COUNCIL OFFICE BUILDING' ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850
(240) 777-7968 •
TTY
(240) 777-7914
COUNCILMEMBER.NAVARRO@MONTGOMERYCOUNTYMD.GOV • WWW.COUNCILMEMBERNAVARRO.COM
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND
MEMORANDUM
Aprill.2015
TO:
George Leventhal, Pres' ent,. County Council
Jennifer A Hugh
Joseph
f.
Beach,
It and Budget
FROM:
SUBJECT:
'FEIS for
Bi1JI1-J5,
Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement tnitiative
Please find attached the fiscal and economic impact 1>tatements for the above­
referenced
legislation.
JAH:fz
cc: Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Lisa Austin, Offices of the County Executive
Joy Numli, Special Assistant to the County Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department of Fimmce
Uma Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Hurnan and Health Services
Alex Espinosa, Office of Management and
Budget
Pofen Salem,
Office
of
Management
and
Budget
Rachel
Silverman, Office of Management and
Budget
Felicia Zhang, Office ofManagement and Budget
Naeem Mia, Office of Management and Budget
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
li'iscaI
Impact
Statement
Council
Billll~
15, Child Care
Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
1, Legislative Summary.
Ibe
proposed legislation
requires
tile
Department
of
Health and Human
Services
to
provide
infonnatioll
sessions, teclmical assistance,
business
training, site visits, and bi­
lingual
services
to
facilit.c'lte
licensure and accreditation
for
prospective and
licensed
family
child
care
providers.
The legislation would
requite
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 e:ll.-pcnditures
are assumed
in the recommended
or
approved budget. Includes
source of information,
assumptions,
and
methodologies used .
. Additional
resources
are
needed to implement
the
proposed legislation.
First
year costs
are eStlnlate<i at $377,213 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~l,
Subsection
(b)(1)
through (b)(6)
as follows:
.
., Program
Specialist
IT:
apply
to all of
above;
• Training
Assistant:
apply
to
Subsection
(b)(l).-
(b)(4);
• Community Health Nurse
II: apply to
Subsection
(b)(l)(A) &(B), (b)(2),
(b)(3),
and possibly (b)(4) if the staffis 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.
FYI6 Estimate
-
FTE
Personnel
!
Operating
r
i
Total
,
..­
Program·Special1st
n -
Quality Enhancement Coordinator
I
1.0
0.5
82,3941
i
Community Health Nurse
It
J
'
.....
_---._
...
....
......
,
"'
'-.
...
"',...".
.....
­
I
I
!
Thera~!!L..._~.,_._."".,._,
__._.
!
Training Assistant -
contractual
(2,OSO
hours@
$33 per
I
!
hour)
I
Infrastructure costs for the merit
positi'ons'(i.e.,--
computers, furniture, One-rime-Only (OTO), and
~
phone e"2""'"')
f
!
0.5
I
I
I
----
~
..
~2,39~_
I
i
!
,
,
50,178
~t
!
52,041
!
i
I
!
68,640
50,178
I
!
I
52,041
1
;
!
I
Annual Child
f~~~~~~~sessrtlent
f
~.9.t.!.!t?!
__
9PE~ti.~
expenses
~
office supplies. printing,
etc.
J
, Total
L__.._ _.
I
I
,
!.
I '
I
f
I
!
f
!
J..__..
!.~f960
I
i
I
1
~l~~Qj
!
i
100,000
i
100,000
1
"''''~--f
i
i
.1._.!~_~,t?.!l,.L
.
_.}2.?..!.~OO
_5.tJO~m
...
5,OO.Qj
!
377,2131
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Note: Infrastructure costs
include.
one-.time only
($.17,
7{)O)
and
on-going ($1,260) costs. PC
estim~;;;-]
are based on the salary andfringe
rates
/orJYl
6.
.._ _..._.___..........__......_..._____.__._
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years
--r"--"­
I
r
iturc
.
FY16
FYI?
FY18
PC
OR
-.-.....c-.--......
+~.}'~~ij.!.L
I__
Total
NO}E:
P!!...s..(!!'1J!..'!.L~:<!st
tloes
JU)t
includeJ<--~u_tl_Jr_:e_w_ag
e
!.·n-_cr_ea-s-ei'-s.--___
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _---'
.........
~=:1_~::
_:::
184.613
1.84,613 ,
I
I
FY.19
FY20.
FY21
Total
184,613
174,900
184,613
114,900
184,613
i14,900
359,513
$1,107,678
I
$1067,100
$2,t74,778
I
!
174;900
_~?9,51~.J
I
I
359,513
!
359,5.13
4. An actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would affe:..'Ct
retiree
pension
or group i11surance
costs.
The
proposed
legislation
does not
affect
retiree pension or group insurance costs.
5. An estimate of expenditures related to County's il1folnlatiOl1. technology (IT) systems,
including Enterprise Resource Planning
(ERP)
systems.
Not
applicable.
6. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures
if
the bill authQriZes future
spending..
'I11c
proposed legislation does
not
authorize
future
spending.
7. An estimate ofllie staff time needed to implement the bilL
Staff time
will
be
needed to implement and conduct information sessions, site -visits,
business tTainlng,and
research and write
reports.
Dedicated staff
'With
responsibilities
specific to the legislation will 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 of
costs
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.
(j)
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Increa.<;ed future demand for assistance seeking licensure and accreditation through
training, mentoring, and site visits could result in waiting lists if additional
future
resources
are
not provided.
1L Ranges ohevenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to project.
Not applicable.
12. If a bilI 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 Monis, Depattment of Health and Human Services
Pofell Salem, Office of Management and Budget
~'.J
. .-..
¥L~
Cli.nifer!' .
Hughes,
Direct~
. Management and Budget
.
(j)
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Economic Impact Statement
Bill 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, and 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·cnter the workforce is unknown as a result ofthe increase in
the
availability of
licensed family child care providers.
3. The Bill's positive or negative
effect,
if
any on
employment,
spending, saving,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
This Bill may
have a positive impact on employment
and
incomes
by
making
additional licensed family child care providers available so that more
fanli1ies
nlay
find child care and participate and/or
reMenter
the workforce. However, the extent
to
which this Bill would increase employment and incomes is unknown.
4.
If
a
Bm
is likely to have no economic impact, why is that the case?
See
paragraph #3
5. The
following c.olltributed
to
or concurred
witb this
analysis:
David
Platt~
Mary
Casciotti,
and Rob
Hagedoom, Finance.
J
se .
each, Director
Department of Finance
Date
Page 101'1
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
1
TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE 1SrAH LEGGETT
Bill 11-15, Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
March 17, 2015
Good afternoon Council Members, I am JoAnn Barnes, 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 registrationJlicensing 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.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Condado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo del 2015
Buenas Noches,
Mi nombre es Nuri Funes tengo mas de 22 aiios viviendo en Wheaton. Soy Proveedora de
cuidado infantil por 22 anos. Tengo 8 nifios de edades preescolares que estan inscritos en mi
programa. Soy una de las Lideres de negociones para SElU local 500, Kid First. Tambien formo
parte del circulo de oportunidades de Grandview. Soy presidente del Latino Childcare
Association Of Maryland y estoy aqui representando a las mas de 50 proveedoras de cuidado
infantil que pertenecen a esta asociaci6n.
En primer lugar quiero agradecerles por la oportunidad que me han dado esta noche para
testificar a favor de esta ley.
Por muchas de mis participaciones en la comunidad me he dado cuenta de la necesidad que hay
de atender a muchas madres de familia y proveedoras informales para educarlas que a los nifios
no solamente se les cambia paiiales y se les da alimentos, sino que tambien es su responsabilidad
de prepararlos para la escuela. Se de muchas sefioras que actualmente estan cuidando nifios sin
licencia, por una necesidad econ6mica
0
porque no tienen donde dejar a sus hijos y por eso es
importante capacitarlas para que obtengan su licencia de cuidar nifios.
Sabemos que todos nuestros padres, no tienen los ingresos para pagar un servicio en centros de
altos costos, pero con la aprobaci6n de esta ley, se podra capacitar a proveedoras de cuidado
infantillas cuales tambien daran servicios a nifios con subsidios (como
10
hago yo en mi
programa) y las proveedoras estaran calificadas y asesoradas para realizar este trabajo.
Estamos seguros que con la aprobaci6n de esta ley todas las personas interesadas seran
beneficiadas, pero sobre todo las personas que no hablan ingles ya que tendran la oportunidad de
aprender en su idioma. Sabemos que existe el centro de Recurso (MCRRC Montgomery
Resource Referral Center) y siempre ha existido ,y hasta hace poco he visto que han puesto un
poco de esmero para asesorar a proveedoras en Latinas, pero pienso que hay muchisimas
proveedoras que necesitan ayuda y no hay suficiente ayuda en el idioma que nuestras personas
prefieren y se necesita de esta ley para que haya un lugar donde una pueda ir y recibir
informaci6n en su propio idioma.
Personalmente yo como presidenta de la LCAM , me ha tocado asesorar a mucha proveedoras
que estan iniciando sus programas y me siento feliz de que haya personas que esten interesadas
en realizar esta noble tarea.
Por
10
antes expuesto, pido en nombre mio y de los miembros de la LCAM, Y mi comunidad
que esta ley sea aprobada, porque los resultados seran de gran beneficio a nuestros nmos, y de
esta manera puedan ingresar a la escuela con el conocimiento y la educaci6n requerida en la edad
temprana.
Gracias,
Nuri Funes
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Condado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo del 2015
Buenas noches,
Mi nombre es Monica Braden, vivo en 12208 Grandview Ave, Silver Spring, en donde soy
duefia de mi propio negocio de cuidado infantil desde hace dos aiios.
Gracias por la oportunidad de testificar a favor de esta ley, y especialmente ala concejal Nancy
Navarro por continuar promoviendo la educaci6n temprana de calidad como
10
ha venido
haciendo por muchos aiios atras.
Considero que esta ley ayudara a muchas personas que como yo no tenian toda la infonnaci6n
que se necesita para iniciar un programa de cuidado, pero gracias a la ayuda que me brindo la
asociaci6n de proveedoras latinas del condado logre abrir mi guarderia, ya que me dieron toda la
infonnaci6n en mi propio idioma, el espaiiol, y a si pude comprender todos los reglamentos,
regulaciones y pasos a seguir.
Yo se que esta ley beneficiaria especialmente a las mujeres que sienten amor por trabajar con
nifios y que quieren tener su propio negocio legal y ser parte productiva, y contribuir al
desarrollo de esta sociedad.
Me siento muy contenta de haber obtenido
mi
licencia y poder trabajar bajo las reglas del
departamento de educaci6n, y el haber obtenido mi CDA,
mi
Credencial del Estado de MD, y mi
Acreditaci6n Nacional, ahora atiendo a 8 nifios y 16 padres de familia a los cuales les ofrezco un
programa en cui dado infantil de calidad apropiado para el aprendizaje y as! puedan estar listos
para su ingreso a la escuela.
Yo apoyo esta propuesta, porque toca diferentes aspectos tanto econ6micos como educativos, y
se que muchas mujeres estaban esperando por esta oportunidad y asf poder desarrollarse como
profesionales y empresarias, en algo tan maravilloso que es el trabajar con nifios en edad
temprana, que es alIi donde comienza la base de la educaci6n.
El ser una proveedora de cuidado infantil trae muchos beneficios y alegrias, y al saber que existe
personal calificado para ayudarle en
10
que necesite para lograrlo y ser proveedor de excelencia
es mucho mas confortable.
Por
10
que les he expresado yo pido que se apruebe esta ley, que tendra muchos beneficios para
los nifios que son
el
futuro de esta naci6n.
Gracias,
Monica Braden
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Condado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo
del 2015
Buenas Noches,
Mi nombre es Nohemy Rocha vivo en 2706 Wiesman Road, en Silver Spring.
Quiero dar las gracias por esta oportunidad que me han dado esta noche para testificar a favor de
esta ley, gracias a los miembros del consejo, en especial gracias a la concejal Nancy Navarro, por
impulsar esta ley.
Soy proveedora de cuidado de ninos en un centro y tambien trabaje por 4 afios en un "family
daycare" en el hogar. Como proveedora me he dado cuenta que es muy necesario que exista
ayuda para poder seguir adelante con clases y entrenamientos. Es toda la informacion sea en el
idioma de uno porque si no esta en nuestro idioma no captamos todo el contenido de la
informacion y a veces no
dan
deseos de seguir tomando clases por que el idioma nuestro es
limitante.
Por eso pido que se apruebe esta ley ya que muchas otras proveedoras como yo van a ser muy
beneficiadas. Tambien se que muchas personas interesadas en abrir su propia guarderia en el
hogar van a poder lograr prepararse y as! ofrecer cuidado de ninos con cali dad pero tambien van
a poder ayudar a otras familias que necesitan del cuidado de sus hijos.
Se que existen organizaciones que ayudan a obtener la licencia, pero los costos son muy altos y
en otros casos no
10
hacen en espafiol y eso nos limita porque no somos muy fluentes en ingles.
Por todo
10
que he expresado, pido que se apruebe esta ley porque sera de mucho beneficio a
muchos ninos que estan siendo cuidados, pero no educados, y eso limitan cuando elios ingresan a
la escuela.
Muchas gracias por su tiempo.
Nohemy Rocha
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
\\
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Condado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo del 2015
Buenas noches,
Mi nombre es Rossana Espinoza-Thorndahl, vivo en 17621 Buehler Road, en Olney; donde
tengo mi propio programa de educaci6n temprana en el hogar desde ya hace cinco alios.
Actualmente soy la Secretaria de la Asociaci6n Latina de Proveedoras de Cuidado de Nmos en
el Hogar y parte de la Comisi6n de Cuidado Infantil en Montgomery County.
Antes de todo gracias por la oportunidad que me han dado esta noche para testificar a favor de la
Ley 11-15. Gracias al concejo, y especialmente a la concejal Nancy Navarro, por continuar
promoviendo la educaci6n temprana de calidad, como 10 ha venido haciendo por muchos alios
atflls.
Fui parte del programa Centro Familia,
el
cual dirigia un programa llamado "Listos Para la
Escuela." Como coordinadora de ese program a pude apoyar a mujeres latinas que estaban
cuidando niiios en sus hogares sin una licencia 0 una formaci6n adecuada en educaci6n
temprana, y guiadas Unicamente por el amor por el cuidado de esos niiios y para que los padres
de ellos tuviesen la oportunidad de ir a trabajar y poderles brindar a su familia un hogar
adecuado y digno.
Bajo esta organizaci6n, vi como el programa les apoyaba en profesionalizarse como educadoras
en edad temprana, y ayudarles a entender mejor que el trabajo que elIas realizaban era muy
importante en la vida de esos pequenos. Gracias al programa "Listos para la Escuela" muchas de
esas mujeres tienen hoy un negocio regulado, han adquirido acreditaciones no solo a nivel estatal
si no tambien nacional, y han apoyado y animado a otras mujeres, las cuales han salido del
anonimato en que estaban cuidando ninos sin un apoyo 0 respaldo legal. En los programas que
tenia Centro Familia, pude ver c6mo estas mujeres, a traves de una buena asistencia tecnica,
reconocian que al cambiar su practicas de trabajo iban a mejorar la condici6n econ6mica de sus
hogares tambien.
Al terminar mi trabajo con Centro Familia decidi montar mi propio programa de cui dado en el
hogar, el cual hoy cuenta con la acreditaci6n mas alta que ofrece el estado de Maryland, y
ademas tengo mi credencial nacional.
En conjunto con otras proveedoras, al conduir Centro Familia, decidimos continuar con el grupo
de LEONAS, quienes apoyaban a las mujeres en su crecimiento en el hogar, socializar con otras
mujeres que realizan en el mismo trabajo, y 10 mas importante mantenernos unidas y brindar el
mejor servicio desde nuestros programas. Hoy tenemos una Asociaci6n de Cuidado Infantil
Latina que nos une como amigas y hom610gas en el cuidado de nino. En nuestras reuniones, la
Asociaci6n trata temas diversos de importancia, tanto de educaci6n temprana como de
desarrollo profesional. Ademas las mujeres pueden socializar con otras que estan haciendo
el
mismo trabajo, y pueden compartir ideas de trabajos, hablar sobre los retos que enfrentan, y mas.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Por todo
10
antes expuesto mi deseo es que se apruebe esta ley, porque se que sera de mucho
beneficio para todas las personas, porque despues de que dejo de existir Centro Familia, no he
escuchado que ninguna otra organizaci6n estaba realizando este hermosa tarea de ayudar a las
futuras proveedoras, que en su mayoria son madres de familia, que quieren cuidar a sus propios
hijos y extender este cuidado a otros niilos, y que parece dificil pero con la ayuda de especialistas
se hace mas faciL
Para finalizar quiero decir muchas gracias, y pedir nuevamente que se apruebe esta ley ya que
nuestra comunidad, especialmente las mujeres se beneficiaran de esta propuesta y podran haeer
el cambio en nuestros niilos.
Gracias por su tiempo.
Rossana Espinoza-Thomdahl
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Testimony in favor of Bill 11-15
Montgomery County Council
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Good Evening County Council members,
My name is Georgia Rosales; and, I work at two District 4 Elementary Schools, Weller Road
and Harmony Hills. I am here to testify in support of Bill 11-15 that Councilmember Navarro
sponsored.
Being a single mother of two boys, I know how expensive it is to have a child at a childcare
center. So I had informal childcare for my many years. Once my children were older I
understood the importance of pre-school education and sought pre-schools.
It
was difficult
find a provider that would to take them and pick them up before and after preschool hours.
Early education is the foundation for a successful transition to a school setting. Understanding
this concept would be a major key to a child's success at school. It is important that the
providers understand that they would benefit monetary, but
it
would have an impact in their
community as a whole. Children that are exposed to a preschool curriculum in an informal
setting would make them succeed at school.
This bill would allow for the informal providers to be trained, certified and licensed.
It
would
teach providers the importance of setting a routine, teaching children what is expect at school
and help them such as how to hold a pencil and to learn the alphabets.
This bill would also teach them the 'business aspects of perusing quality childcare practices.
Guiding them with the support in their native language would allow them to become successful
business person. Some families want to instill their native language to their children, what
better way than to have quality providers with knowledge and skills and the affordability to do
so. This bill will allow families that decided to stay home with their children to provide quality
care for their community at a reasonable cost.
Please allow this bill to pass.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
\~
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del
Condado
de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo
del 2015
Buenas noches,
Mi nombre es Josefina Rios, vivo en
14700
Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, en donde soy duena
de
mi
propio negocio por nueve afios como proveedora de cuidado de ninos en el hogar.
Tambien soy la vice-presidente de la asociaci6n latina de proveedoras de cuidado de ninos en el
hogar.
Antes de todo gracias por la oportunidad que me han dado esta noche para testificar a favor de
esta ley. Gracias al consejo y especiaimente a la concejal Nancy Navarro por continuar
promoviendo 1a educaci6n temprana de cali dad como 10 venido haciendo por muchos afios atnls.
Soy una de las personas que en esos afios se ha beneficiado de este mismo tipo de servicios que
esta ley esta promoviendo. En aquel entonces, Centro Familia me apoyo y ayudo a obtener
mi
licencia del estado de Maryland como proveedora. Hoy soy una proveedora calificada con las
credenciales estatales y nacionales, por ende impactando la calidad de mis servicios y
contribuyendo a la educaci6n temprana de mis clientes.
Considero que esta ley ayudara a muchas personas que como yo no tenia ni el conocimiento,
apoyo 0 recursos econ6micos para iniciar mi programa, especialmente a las mujeres que sienten
amor por trabajar con ninos.
Me siento muy contenta de haber tenido esta oportunidad, porque ahora atiendo a 8 ninos y 16
padres de familia y con la asistencia que me brindaron pude implementar un curriculo apropiado,
para que mis ninos puedan estar listos para su ingreso a la escuela.
Yo apoyo esta propuesta porque por mi experiencia toca diferentes aspectos, tanto econ6micos
como educativos, y se que muchas mujeres estaban esperando por esta oportunidad de hacer los
entrenamientos y poder hacer el cambio en la sociedad, especialmente en los ninos de edad
temprana, que es alIi donde comienza 1a base de 1a educaci6n.
El ser una proveedora de cuidado infantil trae muchos beneficios y alegrias y saber que existe
personal calificado para ayudarte en 10 que necesites para 10grar obtener
tu
licencia y aprender
sobre educaci6n es mucho mas confortable.
Por todo 10 antes expuesto mi deseo es que se apruebe esta ley.
Para finalizar quiero decir muchas gracias, y pedir nuevamente que se apruebe esta ley ya que
nuestra comunidad, especialmente las mujeres se beneficiaran de esta propuesta y podran hacer
el cambio en nuestros
nin~s.
Gracias, por su tiempo.
Josefina Rios
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
1,/
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Condado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo del 2015
Testimonio Lyda O'reilly.
Mi nombre es Uda O'reilly, y quiero unirme al apoyo sobre la propuesta de ley 11-15
"Childcare Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative", presentada por la Concejal Nancy
Navarro. Actualmente soy parte del Circulo de Lideres del Distrito Cuatro y tambien soy
maestra voluntaria de ingles en Caridades Cat6licas,
10
cual me permite estar en contacto directo
con la comunidad hispana y por
10
mismo, me puedo dar cuenta de la gran problematica que hay
para tener un programa de cuidado y educaci6n de calidad y asequible para sus hijos pequefios,
los cuales son el futuro de nuestra sociedad.
Hace unos pocos aDos, estuve vinculada a la entidad CENTRO FAMILIA, la cual fue de gran
apoyo para muchas madres quienes no tenian los medios financieros para pagar por el cuidado
de sus hijos, que tenian que cuidarlos y por esto no podian salir a trabajar. Centro Familia les
brindo la guia, consejos y educaci6n y la oportunidad a mirar nuevas opciones como la de abrir
su propio cuidado infantil en sus hogares, y hoy en dia son mujeres con este programa, altamente
calificadas y con las credenciales requeridas. Necesitamos centros como este.
Yo soy madre de familia y realmente quisiera contar con un centro que me brindara la
oportunidad de tener la tranquilidad de que mis hijos estan bien cuidados y que puedan gozar del
derecho a una buena educaci6n, pues como
10
dije antes nuestros hijos son el futuro y ese futuro
depende de la educaci6n desde sus comienzos. Tambien estoy interesada en crear mi propio
programa y poder ayudar a los nifios con familias de bajos recursos para contribuir a que los
nifios sobre todos los latinos puedan gozar del derecho de una educaci6n de cali dad desde sus
ImclOS,
Yo les pido que por favor aprueben esta ley, la infancia de hoy se los agradecera en el futuro.
Lyda O'reilly
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
IS-
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Condado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo
del 2015
Buenas Noches,
Buenas noches,
Mi nombre es Thelma Jimenez vivo en 12504 Littleton Street, Silver Spring. Soy duefia de mi
propia casa
Soy madre de familia de dos nifios en edad esco1ar, que asiste a la escuela elemental Weller
Road, actualmente trabajo limpiando casas, pero aprovecho todo el tiempo para atender a mis
hijos y a mi familia, y participar en las actividades programadas por 1a escue1a.
Por mucho tiempo he estado esperando la oportunidad de poder tener un programa de cuidado
infantil en mi hogar, para poder ayudar a mis hijos, y a otros nifios que necesitan de cuidado y
educaci6n pero por falta de conocimiento y recursos econ6micos no Ie he logrado.
Por eso pido que se apruebe esta ley para poder Iogra mi suefio de ser una proveedora calificada
y con licencia, se que muchas madres igual que yo van a poder lograr cumplir con sus deseos
personales, pero tambien van a poder ayudar a otras familias que necesitan del cuidado de sus
hijos.
Se por algunas personas de la comunidad que existen organizaciones que ayudan a obtener la
licencia, pero los costos son muy altos y en otros casos no 10 hacen en espafiol y eso nos limita
porque no somos muy fluentes en ingles.
Por todo 10 que he expresado, pido que se apruebe esta ley porque sera de mucho beneficio a
muchos nifios que estan siendo cuidados, pero no educados, y eso limitan cuando ellos ingresan a
laescuela.
Muchas gracias por su tiempo.
Thelma Jimenez
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
I~
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Condado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo
del 2015
Buenas noches,
Soy Rolando L6pez, pertenezco al Proyecto Civico Latino y vivo en Germantown hacecasi 10
anos.
Quiero agradecer al Concejo, por darme la oportunidad de expresar esta noche mi apoyo total a
favor de la ley 11-15 "Childcare Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative"; esta ley que
introdujo la Concejal Nancy Navarro, la cual proveen una basa para empezar a proveer educaci6n
temprana de calidad, y sea cual fuese su raza e idioma, recuerden;
"10
que se aprende de nino nunca
se olvida en la vida".
Tambien soy miembro del ESOL Bilingual Advisory Committee (ESOL), y del Latino Student
Achievement Action Group (LSAAG), por
10
cual, he visto y comprobado In Situ, que cuando un
nino no ha tenido Educaci6n Temprana de Calidad, Ie afecta mucho, inclusive si son ninos nacidos
en este pais, de origen Latino U otro, ellos entran al sistema ESOL y ya desde el inicio de sus
estudios, tienen y crean una brecha academic a, que si no hacemos algo para corregir esto hoy,
manana de una U otra forma afectaremos el futuro de esta Naci6n.
Ustedes deben aprobar esta Ley, no s6lo pensando como Concejales, sino tambien como padres
de familia, es una gran responsabilidad velar y cuidar a los ninos. Esta Ley,
10
linico que busca y
senala esta resumido en esta frase: "educa al nmo y no corregiras al hombre".
Esta ley ayudara y gestionara que muchas Proveedoras de Educaci6n Temprana, se especialicen,
se eduquen, se entrenen, se certifiquen y se comprometan verdaderamente con dar una Educaci6n
Temprana de CaUdad, si elIas hablan Ingles seria fantastico, pero si hablan otro idioma seria mucho
mejor, ya que el nino iniciaria sus estudios bilingiies, tambien existen muchos Centros de
Capacitacion en Educacion Temprana en diversos idiomas, Sin embargo,
e1
63% de proveedoras
de cuidado infantil del Condado, hablan otro idioma que no es el ingIes y ademas por que no
mencionar la diversidad cultural que adquirini este nino y no solo sera un ciudadano
Estadounidense, sino un ciudadano de la Humanidad, que es
10
que todos anhelamos ser alglin dia.
Finalmente, hoy les digo; Aprueben esta Ley, por ustedes, por nosotros y por nuestros ninos. La
historia, les recordara y les agradecera, por y para siempre.
Muchas Gracias!,
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
\~
Testimonio a favor de Ley 11-15
Concejo del Con dado de Montgomery
Martes, 17 de marzo del 2015
Buenas noches,
Mi nombre es Angelica Zaragoza, vivo en 14413 Banquo Terrace, en Silver Spring; trabajo
como proveedora en un "Programa de Cuidado Infantil en el Hogar"
0
"Family Child Care
Program" en el Condado de Montgomery.
Quiero iniciar mi participacion agradeciendo la oportunidad que me han dado esta noche para
testificar a favor de la Ley 11-15. Gracias al Concejo y especialmente a la Concejal Nancy
Navarro por continuar promoviendo la educacion temprana de calidad, como
10
ha venido
haciendo durante muchos allos.
Mi conocimiento acerca de los programas de cuidado infantil en el hogar comenzo con mi
participacion en el Proyecto Civico Latino liderado por la oficina de la Concejal Navarro. En ese
proyecto tuve la oportunidad de conocer a la persona con la cual trabajo.
La informacion que ella me proporciono acerca de las oportunidades de entrenamiento
profesional, me permitieron darme cuenta de mi vocaci6n por los
nin~s.
Posteriormente me
uni
a
la Asociaci6n de Proveedoras Latinas de Cuidado de Ninos en Maryland.
Bajo el apoyo de la Asociaci6n y de mi iniciativa de aprender y ganas de salir adelante, comence
a crecer y desarrollarme a nivel profesional en educaci6n temprana, adquiriendo en este tiempo
mi acreditaci6n a nivel del Estado de Maryland, mi grado de Asociado en Desarrollo infantil
(CDA, por sus siglas en ingIes) y mi credencial nacional.
La Asociaci6n me brind6 la guia y asistencia tecnica necesarias para alcanzar mis metas a nivel
profesional en educaci6n temprana en un corto tiempo; sin su ayuda, no
10
hubiese logrado, ya
que habia tornado cursos de desarrollo de ninos, pero en esas instituciones nunca me orientaron
acerca de d6nde ir y c6mo alcanzar un nivel mas alto, con los beneficios y derechos que
corresponde.
Por todo
10
expuesto, mi deseo es que se apruebe esta ley, para que muchas mujeres como yo
tengan la oportunidad de ser apoyadas y puedan abrirse un camino a nivel profesional; que haya
una instituci6n
0
un centro que les guie y les apoye en el crecimiento diario en su labor de
educadoras.
Muchas gracias por su tiempo y atenci6n.
Angelica Zaragoza
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
\"\
Sunday, March 17,2015
To the Honorable: Montgomery County Councilmembers
Testimony Provided by Jose Gonzalez, Resident of Bethesda, Maryland
Re: Childcare Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative
"Montgomery County, like many other communities across this nation, has an unmet need for affordable, high­
quality, early learning and childcare availability." I consider this statement to be true.
14 years ago today, my wife and I were a young family, seeking good schools. My wife and I decided to
purchase our home in the Bethesda neighborhood. Over the course of our children's upbringing, we have
struggled to find appropriate childcare. Our situation came to pass not because we could not afford childcare for
our children but because we could not fmd an organized group of childcare providers with the right
qualifications to perfonn childcare services at our home. I want to clarify my statement further; not that there
are no childcare providers in Bethesda, but we wanted our children to grow up in what we knew was the
richness of our bicultural heritage, I am a Latino, and my wife is Irish American.
Tonight, I'd like to score my testimony in favor of the Childcare Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative.
I'd like to make an argument, too, that this legislation does not only make a lot of sense for working families
that might live in the East of Montgomery County, but also makes a suitable one for households in the West.
In my view, this is an excellent human resource opportunity that can be leveraged into an economic one for
many women and men. To underscore a reality that one might argue is taking place today; affordability of
childcare services should not trump quality of these services for working families.
In Montgomery County, we have a need to provide more training and credentialing to women-and yes-why
not say it, men, too. As indicated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Workplace Center Case Study­
which Councilmember Navarro cites in one of her memos-as a savvy taxpayer investor, when I have an
opportunity to invest one dollar in quality early care and education, and I have the potential to save $13 for
every one of those dollars I spend, that's when I say, I'm in! That is the kind of investment I think makes sense
to do more of in Montgomery County.
We, together, agree that all children should enter school ready and able to succeed in order to prepare students
for the jobs ofthe future. I do not want to think what kind of failures we would develop over time if we failed to
invest in this area and the detrimental effects this will create in Montgomery County's overall economic
competitiveness.
This legislation is a significant step towards expanding the quality and availability of childcare in Montgomery
County and ads and expands current business skills needed by providers to succeed in an increasingly
contentious market.
I hope you agree with me tonight that to say 'yes' to the Childcare Expansion and Quality Enhancement
Initiative is sound taxpayer economics for Montgomery County.
Thank you for listening to my testimony today.
Jose Gonzalez
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Good evening, my name is Luis Zelaya I am a parent from CentroNfa, and I am here to support
the Expansion of Child Care and the Initiative Improving the Quality of Services.
I am a Salvadoran father with three children. My son, Gustavo, graduated from the program at
CentroNia and is currently in Kindergarten while my daughter is in her second year of Pre-K.
Before enrolling my children at CentroNfa, I didn't know what they did; I thought it was just a
day care where they took care of the children while parents were at work.
That was a mistake I'm happy to admit because CentroNfa is that and much more. Little by
little, I started noticing my child was drawing, singing, doing crafts, writing, and reading a little ­
to the point that before reaching Kindergarten he had improved his skills in reading, behavior,
math, physical abilities like riding a tricycle. This surprised me because we have limitations in
teaching him these things. I didn't understand the learning capability of a child his age - my son
was 3-4 years old. Now that my son is in Kindergarten, the teacher told me he is clearly one of
the children best prepared in the classroom.
Education in our country [EI Salvador] is completely different and mostly limited to teaching
children to behave decently in the community and according to our values, which vary greatly
from culture to culture and even from person to person.
My son's preschool education was very productive which CentroNfa excels at greatly. The
education and care they provide and the quality control they have with all employees is rigorous
(as it should be) to ensure that our children are in good hands.
I am very pleased that CentroNfa provides a bilingual education. It is very difficult to ask our
children to maintain a level of Spanish, especially at home where siblings speak English
because it is easier for them. This is something that should be extended at school, because
Spanish is a very useful tool with an increasingly growing Hispanic population and employers
really value its usefulness
There are a few things that surprised me. Preschool centers like CentroNfa are incredibly
scarce. It is very difficult to find schools like this, and if they exist the waiting lists are
outrageously long. The second point is that we have to pay a high price for such care. Many
people who do not qualify for financial aid are unable to pay the weekly amounts that sometimes
can reach up to 50% of the parent or family's net income, meaning how much they earn
determines how much they have to pay.
As father and first teacher of my children, I appreciate the efforts to improve and expand early
education services for those who need it. To ensure the success of our children and our families
in Montgomery County, we ask the Council to support the Expansion of Child Care and the
Initiative Improving the Quality of Services.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
My name is Mirna Medrano-Romero a parent from CentroNia and I am here to support
the Child care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative because I believe it is imperative to
have programs that encourage early development in children. Programs such as CentroNia
should readily be available to all families in the community. As a CentroNia parent, this past
year has been a tremendous emerging stage not only for Annais but for me as well. Before
CentroNfa my daughter was taken care of by my grandmother, and although she was
immensely loved she was not exercising the educational piece in Annais' development. As a
first time mother I relied on emails from Baby Center to teach me important developmental
milestones to look for in my daughter's growth, but in collaboration with the staff at
CentroNfa, I have been able to witness a realistic approach to her development. Together we
have worked and observed a huge development in her language, socio-emotional, and artistic
expression. In my opinion this growth in Annais wouldn't have been possible if it was not for
the full-day program offered by CentroNia. The full day program allowed me to fulfill my
dreams I thought impossible after becoming a young mom.
Being a mother applied an emphasis on working versus completing school and obtaining
a degree. But with the help and support from the CentroNia community that was proved
wrong. Having my daughter in a program that offered care from 7 am - 6 pm at an affordable
price, gave me the time to attend school and work. Many days were long and at times difficult.
Not seeing Annais the way I was accustomed to was heartbreaking at times, but it was
comforting to know that in those long hours she was being cared for the same way she would
have been at home; not to mention that she had way more fun with her friends and teachers
than with me (which was even harder to admit!).
What made CentroNia even better was that she still has the opportunity to be
exposed to our Latino culture. She is exposed to an environment where she not only enjoys
some of our delicious Latino home cooked meals, but practices the language. Being in a
completely bilingual program permits my child to keep our heritage and traditions present as a
second generation Latino-American. It gives her the opportunity
to
communicate effectively
with older family members, keeping the family bond tight. Knowing the culture identifies a part
of my daughter she will embrace at an early age. I strongly believe that this helps prepare her in
appreciating not only our culture, but preparing her to grasp and respect cultural diversity
existing in all communities.
In May of 2014 I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of
Maryland Baltimore County. I became the first generation in my family to be a college graduate
and hope to pursue my master's. Obtaining a degree, for some might be easy. But when you
come from an immigrant family who barely completed elementary school, it's a huge deal.
Programs such as CentroNfa have been a benefit for both my daughter and me. She has
been exposed to a diverse learning experience helping her achieve success when entering
elementary school. It has allowed me to fulfill my goals and provided the tools for success I
need for our future. CentroNia taught me how to be an active and supportive parent in my
child's life. They offered an opportunity for me to fruitfully balance my priorities.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Good Evening!
I am Lorna Sanchez, a Prek-Teacher at Centronia and an educator for 20 years; I am here to
support the bill on "Child care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative", due to the fact
that our children will benefit on it through receiving high quality childcare.
At Centronia, we offer an innovative approach to high quality bilingual education. We are
preparing our students from birth through age five for school in dual-language environment.
Every classroom is led by a native Spanish speaking teacher and an English speaking teacher,
providing full immersion in both languages throughout the school day, and most importantly
developing the children's skills to the fullest potentials.
Studies show high quality Early Childhood Programs can reduce the number of children
diagnosed with certain learning disabilities, they are more behave and have higher IQ scores
upon enrolling kindergarten than their peers without formal education. Likewise. it was shown
that children enrolled in Early Childhood Programs learned qUicker than children not enrolled
in these programs.
On behalf of my colleagues. we are supporting this bill "Childcare Expansion and Quality
Enhancement Initiative" • because we value all efforts to expand the quality of early childhood
services to those in need and understand the advantages of it, which prOVides children in
increasing their chances for academic success as they grow.
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Hello, my name is Dayana Muniz and I am the Bilingual Family Support Worker at CentroNfa. I'm here
to support the Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative.
First and foremost, I would like to thank the Council for its longtime support of our program.
CentroNfa offers Pre-K programs in D.C. and Maryland, serving over 600 primarily low-income
immigrant children and families. At our Maryland site, we currently serve more than 190 children ages 0­
5 through Early Head Start, Pre-K and Home-Based visiting programs. Of those children, 80 percent are
Latino, 85 percent are English Language Learners, and 90 percent qualify for free or reduced priced
lunch. Data shows Latino children are less likely to be fully prepared for school compared to their
White and African American counterparts, in part because their parents do not have the financial
capacity to pay for a high quality early childhood education programs or services.
CentroNfa's commitment is to serve low-income, working families and their children. Our model
includes comprehensive services for children, families, and the community. We provide high-quality
services to these children from 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday. These hours provide families
the opportunity to work towards economic advancement through full-time employment while providing
a stable environment for children. Additionally, we provide wraparound services such as workshops and
trainings, a workforce development program for Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, and
many opportunities parent involvement and emergency assistance to families. We even have a successful
fatherhood initiative which engages many fathers in the education of their children.
CentroNfa has been building relationships with families to support their well-being, and create strong
parent/child relationships through the learning and development of parents and children. The program
reflects cultural competence and universal design approaches - encompassing the beliefs, attitudes,
behaviors. and activities of all families. Family engagement happens in the home, early childhood settings,
school. and community. Sustainable family engagement operates with adequate resources, including
public and private partnerships, to ensure meaningful and effective strategies that have the power to
impact student learning and achievement.
It is important however to share how our families have been adversely affected
by
the limited number of
affordable and highly quality childcare programs in Montgomery County. Since opening our doors we
have maintained a waitlist for childcare services and currently have more than 250 children on our
waitlist for early childhood programs.
This lack of affordable child care has an adverse impact on the families we serve. In our experience,
children who cannot access high-quality, affordable child care are often cared for by family members,
many of whom have no formal child care training. More importantly, these children miss out on early
education activities critical for their academic success. Without access to assessment tools like the ones
used in our program, it's also hard to determine school readiness for a Kindergarten program in MCPS.
As educators, we value all efforts to improve and expand early childhood services to those in need and
understand first-hand the advantages early childhood education provides for children In order to ensure
the success of the young children and their families in Montgomery County, we urge the County
Council to support the Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Bill No.
13-15
Concerning: Office of Child Care ­
Established
Revised:
3/1212015
Draft No.
Introduced:
March 17,2015
Expires:
September 17, 2016
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive:
- - - - - - - - - -
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date: -'-'-'No=n=e_ _ _ _ __
Ch.
Laws of Mont. Co. _____
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmember Riemer
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
(3)
create an Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education as a principal office in
County government;
specify the duties ofthe Office; and
generally amend County law regarding child care, human rights, and administration.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter lA, Structure ofCounty Government
Section IA-20l
By renaming and adding
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Article I, Division of Child Care
Section lOA-l and lOA-2
By renumbering
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Sections I OA-l, IOA-2, IOA-3, IOA-4, IOA-5, and IOA-6
Chapter 27, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Sections 27-62 and 27-62A
By amending and adding
Chapter 44, Schools and Camps
Sections 44-3, 44-4, and 44-4A
@)
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL
No. 13-15
Boldface
Underlining
[Single boldface brackets]
Double underlining
[[Double boldface brackets]]
* * *
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:
f:\law\bills\1513 office of child care (hr)\bill7.docx
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL
No. 13-15
1
Sec. 1. Section lA-20l is amended as follows:
lA-201. Establishing departments and principal offices.
(a)
Executive Branch.
2
3
4
(1)
These are the departments and principal offices of the Executive
Branch.
5
6
7
*
*
of Chapter lOA is added as follows:
*
*
*
*
Child Care (Section lOA-I)
8
9
10
Sec. 2. Chapter lOA is renamed and Article 1 (Sections lOA-l and lOA-2)
11
12
13
Chapter lOA. [Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program] Child Care.
Article 1. Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education.
lOA-1. Office of Child Care: Duties.
(ill
Established.
The Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education is
principal office in County government.
~
14
15
16
17
18
19
®
Duties.
The Office must:
ill
provide leadership and policy direction for an innovative approach
to the research, review and implementation of child care
programmmg;
20
21
ill
provide leadership and serve as
~
focal point for early childhood
education and care services;
22
23
ill
promote
County;
coordination and collaboration among county agencies
and departments to expand child care opportunities throughout the
24
25
26
ill
seek
innovative public-private partnerships between private
businesses, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the County;
®
f:lJaw\bills\1513 office of child care (hr)\biIl7.docx
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL
No. 13-15
27
28
ill
provide technical assistance, consultation, and training for
providers of early care and education programs in the County;
29
30
31
32
33
34
®
administer the selection of providers in public space, including in
Montgomery County Public School facilities, to the extent
authorized
Qy
State law;
ill
00
develop ways to expand the amount of public and private space
available for child care services; and
prepare
~
Strategic Plan for Child Care, in consultation with the
35
36
Commission on Child Care,
Qy
that includes:
U
year from date of enactment]
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
®
specific goals and implementation strategies for improving
early childhood services and child care provider assistance
and counseling;
lID
{g
planning for new child care servIces
including in public school projects;
ill
public space,
planning for expansion of child care space through public­
private partnerships;
(D)
research on the supply, demand, and affordability of child
care throughout the County;
45
46
®
~
plan for
~
countywide universal child care and preschool
47
48
program that provides every child an opportunity to
participate in
~
high-quality preschool, early care, and
49
50
51
52
education program; and
ill
~
plan to improve readiness for children entering
kindergarten through enhanced early care and education
servIces.
o
f.1Iaw'b'011513 """
of
0;" "'..
(h'llbm
7.'00<
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL
No.
13-15
53
54
55
56
57
58
59
60
IOA-2. Annual report.
By February
1
each year,
the Office must submit to the County Council an
annual report on its activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives, including steps
taken to implement the Strategic Plan for Child Care, Early Care and Education the
preceding year.
Sec. 3. Article 2 of Chapter lOA is added and Sections lOA-I, IOA-2,
IOA-3, IOA-4, IOA-5, and IOA-6 are renumbered as follows:
Article 2. Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program.
[lOA-I] IOA-3. Purpose and objectives.
61
62
63
*
[IOA-2] IOA-4. Eligibility.
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
64
65
66
*
[IOA-3] IOA-5. Uses of funds.
*
[IOA-4] IOA-6. Loan amounts and rates.
67
68
69
70
71
72
73
*
[IOA-5] IOA-7. Loan procedures.
*
[IOA-6] IOA-8. Revolving loan fund.
*
renumbered as follows:
Sec. 4. Article
VHI
of Chapter 27 (Sections 27-62 and 27-62A) is
74
75
Article VIll. [Commission on Child Care.] Reserved.
27-62. Reserved.
Article 3. Commission on Child Care.
[27-62] IOA-9. Commission on child care.
76
77
78
79
*
*
*
80
Article 4. Child Care Facilities Impact Statements.
o
",.wlblll,11513
office
of
""~ (h~"'"
7.'=
08..
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
BILL
No. 13-15
81
,[27-62A] IOA-IO. Child Care facilities impact statements.
82
83
84
. 85
*
follows:
44-3. Interagency Coordinating Board.
(a)
*
*
Sec. 5. Sections 44-3 and 44-4 are amended and Section 44-4A is added as
86
87
88
Establishment and responsibilities.
[The] Except as provided
in
Section
44-4A, the Interagency Coordinating Board for Community Use of
Public Facilities must review and coordinate the activities conducted
under this Article. The Board must:
89
90
91
*
*
*
44-4. Director of Community Use of Public Facilities.
[The] Except as provided in Section 44-4A, the Director must:
92
93
*
*
*
94
95
44-4A. Child Care in Montgomery County Public School facilities.
The Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education must administer the
selection ofproviders
in
public space, including in Montgomery County Public School
facilities to the extent authorized
Qy
State law.
96
97
98
f:\Jaw\bills\1513 office
of
child care (hr)\bill 7.docx
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 13-15
Office ofChild Care
-
Established
DESCRIPTION:
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WlTIDN
MUNlCIP ALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Bill 13-l5 would create an Office of Child Care as a principal office
in County government and specify the duties of that Office.
The demand for quality child care exceeds supply in the County.
To create an Office of Child Care, Early Care, and Education to make
affordable, quality, enriching child care available to all families.
Health and Human Services; Office of the County Executive.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To
be
researched.
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7815
To be researched.
N/A
f:\Jaw\bills\1513 office of child care (hr)\lrr.docx
®
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
MONTGOMERY COLINTY COUNCIL
Rockville, Maryland
TO:
FROM:
DATE:
RE:
Councilmembers
Councilmember 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. The 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.
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
As President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union, "It'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 "protect 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.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
ROCKVILtE, MARYLAl'lD
MEMORANDUM
April 6, 2015
TO:
George
Leventha
.President,
County Council
Jennifer
A.
Joseph
F. 8
,
es,
.mrector=
....
ffi
e
o~J'.:1anagement
and Budget
ell,
Director,
D
lL.~~~
of
Fimmce
FROM;
SUBJECT;
FEIS for Bill 13-15E, Office o(Child Care ­ Established
Please
find attached the fiscal and economic impact statements for the above­
referenced legislation.
JAH:fz
co: Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant
Chief Administrative Officer
Usa Austill, Offices oHhe County
Executive
Joy
Nunni,
Special
Assistant to the
County
Executive
Patrick Lacefield, Director, Public Information Office
Joseph F. Beach, Director, Department of Finance
Ums Ahluwalia, Director, Department of Human Health Service
David Platt, Department ofFinance
Rachel
Silbennan,
Office of Management and Budget
Alex Espinosa, Office of Management and Budget
Nae.em Mia, OHico of
Management and Budget
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Fiscal Impact Statement
Bill 13-15, Offke of Child Care -Established
1. BiH Summary (Enter narrative that explains the purpose of the legislati.on).
Bill 13-15 will
create
an
Office of Child
Care, Early Care
and Education as
a
principal
office in County government; specify the duties of the Office; and generally amend
County law regarding child care, human rights, and administration.
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.
The bU1
mentions the functions of the Montgomery County Child Care Resource and
Referral Center under
pA
(b) (5),
and placing
all
child
care
in public space under this
office (this includes functions now managed by DHHS, by CUPF and by MCPS) under
p.
4 (b) (6).
The
bill
does not provide for an inclusion of the rest ofthe functions of
the
division
of
Early Childhood Services (CYFIDHHS).
It
is also m,entioned in the
bill
under
pA
(b)(8)
that the strategic plan should be develop(.,"\l
'with
the Commission on Child Care.
The
proposed bill would require a
minimum
of
three
new
merit
staff
for the
administration ofthe Office:
Director/Adminis~tor,
Office
of Child
Care FT
Salary and
Benefits-
Question A
appointee
• Administrative Services Coordinator (Fiscal,
Personnel,
Budget, Contracting) ­
MLS Manger III
• Planning Specialist III - for data research/study
The total cost for the administration including operating expenses f.onows ­
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Data Speclaflst
'·PCtbtav";i:.:",,·,
5,000
2,000
Travel
M~.!!lp~.~.t-jps
and Dues
I
5,000
2,000
5,000
2,000
3,000
2,000
I1P.!..Q~_
MOO
3,000
2,000
3,000
2,~E
42,OOCl..
Professional Purchase of Services ­
.
f'acil!~!'l.t::E.for Strat~gic
Plan
------<...._.
..
40,000
PC is the
average
of DHHS posItions in same job class.
infrastructure costs include furniture,
desk
phone, smart phone, and computers. One-time only costs $25,000, ongoing $3,660.
Facilitator /Strategic Plan -
FYl6-iS
@
$200 per hour, 700 hours for
FY16
and 200 for
FY17-1S;
For Strategic Plan lIpdate In
FY19
assume a 5%
increase per
hour,
fY19
hours
@
700
and reduced hours to 200 for FY20-21.
.
Tn addition
to
these new resources, the following resources are expeetedtQbe,shiftedfrom other
departments:
.
For Training, Technical
Assistance and
Provider Support (b)(5) the full
staff
afthe
MCCCR&RC
(note: the Resource and Referral Center requires a
"hub"
or
presence
with the
public):
Cwrent Merit
Staff (existing
in R&R) -
*positions
required
by
the State R&R
Network
Grant
from
MSDElMFN:
~7C"~~",=~"~~~C~~C~~~~
"PROGRAM MANAGER II
(Manager
MCC0.!~.9
............_.
PRINCIPAL ADMIN AIDE
_''''"''''''''''_ _••M'.__._.._____
*PROGRAM SPECIALIST II
(Training
&
Technical
Assis!~!l£~p.!.~ctoQ
1}9,361
119,361
119,361
74,219
85,117
119,361
74,219
85,117
119,361
74,219
85,117
105,210
119,361
74,219
74,219 ._ 74,219
85,117
105,210
8S,1ll
MM HEALTH NURSE II
'" PROGRAM SPECIALIST I
(Infant
&
Toddler
Specialist)
I
105,210
67,344
105,210
10
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Current Contracted Staff
at
MCCCR&RC - ContrdCted through Family Services Inc - *required by the
State R&R NetworkGrant from MSDElMFN)
Child Care in Public Sp{lce - The current DHHS program (29 siu."S in MCPS
and
in
County
buildings -
will
grow to 31 with two new MCPS sites
currently
under
construction)
has
one
Program
Managed shown below. AddiIigtheadmiriisthition
olall
Child
Care
inpubJic
spacein
th~
County woukialsorequire the
shift ofstaffresourues from
CUP.F and MC:PS
to
thene\¥
Office.
®
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Summary of New Versus Shifted Costs
Shifted Costs
3. Revenue and expenditure estimates covering
at
least the next 6 fiscal
See #2 above
years~
4.
An
actuarial analysis through the entire amortization period for each bill that would affect
retiree pension or group insurance costs.
N/A
5. Later actions that may affect fllture revenue and expenditures if the legislation authori:l.es
future
spending.
N/A
6. An
estimate of
the staff
time needed to implement the regulation.
If this bill is approved as it is written, the implementation of the bilI would
be
the
responsibility of the new Director
and
his or her staff.
7.
An
explanation of how the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other duties.
New staff would assume responsibilities associated with establishment of the Office of
Child Care.
The
responsibilities
and
duties of existing staff would not be affected.
8. An
estimate
of
costs w'hen
an
additional appropriation
is
needed.
An additional
appropriation
0[$682,610
would
be needed in the
first
year of
implementation. Total required additional appropriation over the
six~year
period would
be
$3.6 million. This does not include the cost ofshifting
staff
support for Child Care in
Public Space from MCPS to County Government.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
9. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
The physical location of the program as well as
the
total number of staff is unknown at
this time.
10. Ranges ofrevenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to project.
See
#9
above
11. Tf
a
bill
is
likely
to
have no :fiscal impact,
why
that is the case.
N/A
12. Other
fiscal impacts
or comments.
N/A
13. The following contributed to
and
concurred \-villi this analysis (enter name and dept.)
Patricia Stromberg, DHHS
Barbara: Andrews, DHHS
Jo,Ann
Barnes, DHHS
Rachel SUberman, OMB
ugh",,:
~ffice
ofManagement and Budget
~*cL~
J#
A.
Directo~
!
. . / . .,
'
....
J..J2d.-.
Date
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Economic Impact Statement
Bill 13-15E, Office
of
Child
Care -
Established
Background:
This legislation would create an Oflice of Child Care, Early Care and Education (Office)
as a principal office in County govcmmcnt and specify the duties of the Office.
The purpose for creating the Office is to provide leadership in the County to help meet
the growing demand by families with children under five years of age to find affordable
and high quality child care. Bill 13-15E defines a number ofduties for the Office.
1. The sources of information, assumptions, and methodologies used.
Department of Health and Human Services
American Community Survey (ACS)
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (BLS)
Maryland Fanlily Network (MFN), Maryland Child Care Resource Network,
Child Care Demographics 2015
According
to
ACS, the median fanlily income in 2013 was $114,577 for Montgomery
County compared to $108,828 in 2010 -" an average annual increase of 1.73 percent.
ACS also reported that the number of children under the age offive increased from
63,918 in 2010 to 66,010 by 2013 _. an avemge annual increase of 1.08 percent.
According,to the consumer price index (CPI) from BLS, child care and nursery
school prices for the nation increased at an average annual rate of2.35 percent from
2010 to 2013. Therefore, the cost of providing child care between 2010 and 20] 3
increased at a greater rate than the increase in median family income in Montgomery
County. That is, the ratio of child care expenses to median family income increased
between 2010 and 2013 requiring families to pay more for child care relative to their
income during that period.
Data for child care expenses provided by MFN in
Child Care Demographics 2015
for
Montgomery County show that the average cost of full-time care in a family child
care home was $12,452 for an infant and $13,451 tor a preschooler (data are for
2014). Based on those costs, MFN estimates that both expenses consisted of20.7
percent of family income. Ifthe grovvth rate of child care costs as measured by the
CPI exceed the gro\Vth rate offamily income as occurred between 2010 and 2013,
thai ratio would most likely increase.
Concomitant with that ratio is the grovvth rate in children under the age of five.
Ba..~ed
on data from ACS, the average annual
grO\\oth
rate of children under the age of
five in Montgomery County increase at an average annual rate of 1.08 percent. With
the combination of the growth ofexpenses for child care excet-ding the growth in
median fan1ily income and the growth in the population of children under five, there
will
be
two future challenges to child care: affordability by fan1ilies \Vith children
Page] of2
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Economic Impact Statement
Bill 13»
IS£,
Office
.of
Child Care -
E$tabji~hed
under
Ii
ve (demand) and the availability of high quality child care facilities to meet
the potential increase in demand (supply),
2. A description
.of
any variable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
Among the variables that could affect the economic impact of this legislation is the
number ofchild care providers; changes in median family income; changes in federal.
state, or local childcare policy; and the average annual cost of child care services.
3. The BiU's positive .or negative effect,
if
any
on employment, spending, saving,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
Bill 13-15E would establish an Office of
Child Care
as a principal office in County
government ,vith specified the duties as discussed above, but would have no direct
economic impact on employment, spending,
saving. investt11ent,
incomes, and
property values in the County.
4.
If
a Bill is likely
tc
have
nc eccncmic
impact, why
is
that the case?
Please see section 3.
5. The following contributed to or concurred with this analysis:
David Platt
and Rob
Hagedooro,
FhYdnce;
Patricia Stromberg, Department ofHea1th and Human Services.
_
...
_
_._----_
...
_-_._----­
......
. Beach,
Director
Department ofFinance
Page2of2
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 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 Uma 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 use of public 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:
(1) 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 fmandal 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 infonn the need fOT 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 AffordabiIity: Looking at affordability and program access for low-income
families through prograrns like the Working Parents Assistance Program. Create a master
plan for child care in public sRace in conjunction with county growth priorities and develop a
budget that reflects those priorities.
Office of the Director
401 Hungerford Drive • RockYille, Maryland 20850 • 240-777-1275 • FAX240-777-1494· MDRelay711
www.montgomerycountymd.govfhhs
montgomerycountymd.goY/311
@
240-773-35561TY
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
TESTIMONY ON BEHALF OF COUNTY EXECUTIVE ISIAH LEGGETT
Bill 13-15 Office of Child Care Established
March 31, 2015
I
Page 2
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,
children'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.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Testimony from the Commission on Child Care
BUl13-1S, Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education
March 31, 2015
My name is Michelle Green. I am the current Chairperson for the Commission on Child Care and was
appointed to the Commission in 2012 as a child care provider representative.
Last week I received an email from a guidance counselor from a High School in Silver Spring. She has
two high school students, sisters, who are currently falling their morning classes because they skip them
in order to walk their
sth
grade brother to his elementary school each morning. Their dad, a single father
of four, has a construction job that requires that he leave early in the morning. The woman with whom
Dad had arranged to get his child to school in the morning has fallen
ill
and can no longer help. In order
to get their brother to school safely, the girls have taken over the morning child care duties and are now
in jeopardy themselves. The family budget does not have room for the cost of child care. Dad has
applied for vouchers; however, the family's need is immediate.
There are thousands of families in Montgomery County that have a similar story and their experiences
serve to remind us that:
• Quality, affordable child care is necessary so that people can work and employers can count on
a stable and productive workforce
• Child care is needed to help ensure that educational and employment opportunities can be
pursued and the cycle of multi-generational poverty can be broken
• Child care is a critical element to ensuring that every child has a safe and nurturing place to
learn and grow
For years, The Commission has been encouraging the County to elevate the issues related to providing
funding for and access to quality child care. Councilmember Reimer, through Bill 13-1S, Office of Child
Care, Early Care and Education and Councilmembers Navarro and Floreen, through bills they have
recently introduced, are taking bold actions to advance the complex issues associated with building a
system of care and family supports that can meet the needs of County residents.
The Commission supports Councilmember Riemer's
BiIIB-iS
that would establish a new Office of Child
Care, Early Care and Education. Among other things, this bill will consolidate and streamline the
County's efforts on child care and early learning and establish a strategic plan to address the demand,
availability and affordability of quality child care for Montgomery County families.
The body of research is large and compelling. Early care and education experiences are critical to
ensuring that children have the foundation for school readiness and the basis for lifelong learning and
success. Elevating the issues related to child care and early care and education to a new office as
proposed by Councilmember Riemer's legislation represents an important step forward for Montgomery
County's children and families. We hope that the Council will act swiftly and invest in the resources
needed to make children and families a key County priority.
Thank you
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Re: Bil113-15, Office of Child Care - Established
Testimony by. Grace Rivera-Oven; Chairperson
Interagency Coordinating Board (ICB) for the Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF)
Qood evening. My name is Grace Rivera-Oven and r am the Chair ofthe Interagency Coordinating
Board more commonly referred to as the rcB. The ICB is responsible for the formulation ofpolicies
. related to the community's access to public facilities and for oversight of the Community pse ofPublic
. Facilities office or CUPF. Bill 13-15, as drafted, raises issues that should be considered.
We feel the current delegation of responsibility for administering the before and after school selection to
the rCB is consistent with State and County laws and capitalizes on a long-tenn working relationship
with MCPS administration and 200 principals. Over the past 36 years the rCB and MCPS have worked
c9llaboratively in implementing a program that has facilitated over 500,000 hours of community use in
schools every year. The interagency partnership that exists between MCPS and rCB is unique and
extremely successful.
With.the rCB/CUPF structure, the focus is on ensuring the process
is
administered objectively, with
transparency, and has the oversight of a multi-agency body composed of major decision makers in the
County such as the CAO, Superintendent of Schools, President of the Board of Education, President 'of
Montgomery College, Commissioner of the Planning Board (M-NCPPC), County Council Administrator,
Principals and citizen members.
As the initial
~'latch-key"
programs launched by the rCB in the 1980s evolved to the wide range of after
school programs, there has always been a strong commitment to childcare services. Since the rCB was
entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the accessibility of space in schools for groups,
it
is logical
that the Community Use of Public Facilities office would administer a program that provides childcare
providers with space use. In 2007, the rCB approved a resolution that modified the childcare selection
procedures in place since 1986 to. create opportunities for new and minority owned providers who felt
"locked-out" of this service area by establishing rebids after five years in a specific schooL This process .
also enables each school to select a provider that they feel will meet their specific needs. Schools had the
option of re-selecting the incumbent or selecting a new provider.
Now that Regulation 15-14AMII1 has formerly established the bid process, replacing the rCB Resolution,
CUPF will administer the program by working with schools to support a fair and open selection process
by a committee that includes educational professionals as well as families that use the service. Again,
CllPF is a facilitator and not involved in the actual
decisio~
making.
It is clear we are all interested in what is best for our children. We've all worked very hard to get to
where we are in this process. CUPF has demonstrated its commitment to the process by supporting the
program without additional funds and utilizing existing staff. Creation of a new office would require
allocation of significant funds, which is difficult
in
these tight budget times. We look forward to working
with the Council on. moving this process to the next level in our implementation of the new Regulation.
Thank
you.
.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Interagency Coordinating Board Members
- --_.
-
-
"
_
~._
"W
-
,,­
Chairperson
~~.-.
Grace Rivera-Oven
Citizen Representative
,
~~-
-
..
-
....
...
­
.~.,
.
,
-
"
_
..
-"-,.
Vice Chairperson
Member
,
Marye Wells-Harley
Commissioner, Montgomery County Planning Board
,,_
.
.
---
..
_
..
.
­
--.~-
..­
."
,-_
..
_
.
-.-
..
...
_,"
-
..
-~
.
"
Member
.....
--.
Timothy Firestine
Chief Administrative Officer, Montgomery County
....
..
_
..
-"
....
-
..
---­
.
...
-
-'-"­
_.­
Patricia O'Neill
President, Board of Education
,
__ • • •M _ _ _ _ _ •
.~--
"
..
-_.
,.­
--.­
"
-"
.....
..
_,._
... ....
_
__
._-_.­
_
. .
---,­
..
-,
-,'.
.
-
..-
..
_-­
.~--.--
--'.'
Member
'.w
M_
_.
La rry Bowers
Acting Superintendent, MCPS
.
__
..
..
._-­
-_
........
__
...
-
-
-
.-..
.---­
--
..
_.­
Member
..
---
­
,,_._._­
Dr. DeRionne Pollard
President, Montgomery College
_
..
.
_---_
..
­
..
--­
..
_'.
--~q
- ...... _...
~.,_n
,
..
,.­
-._."
- " ,
..
Member
---_.
-
"
..
_.
.,
Member
-_.-.'
-
~
. +._­
Stephen B. Farber
IlIJontgomerY County Council Administrator
...
-.
-
Dr. Art Williams
Principal, Forest Oak Middle School
---~
..~-
--,
.
----~
..
-'-­
-_.
._.-,
_
.
--,­
Member
--',
...
.'
-
Kim Bosnic
Principal, William B. Gibbs Elementary School
-'.
~-'--'
..
Member
-
,
....
­
-­ ----
..
­
Robin Confino
Cittzen Representative
,
,
-
-_
....
_--_
.
..
­
..
-
-----_.
--.
-..
Member
.
,---,.
-~
-
"_._._"
Dr. Henry Lee
Citizen Representative
-.--­
_.'.
---
.~
..
-.-~
....
­
.
-_
..
..
~"--'-'
.
Member
-."-_
..
_
.
..
Dr. Clint Wilson,
II
Citizen Representative
--
..
~-
-
"
_.
-~
..•
-~-
...
­
..
..
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Interagency Coordinating Board
For the Community Use of
Public Facilities
March 31,2015
George Leventhal, Council President
Montgomery County Council
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Re: Bi1113-15, Office of Child Care - Established
Dear Council President Leventhal:
I am writing on behalf of the Interagency Coordinating Board (ICB) to share our concerns
regarding Bill 13-15, Office of Child Care - Established. We feel that the current delegation of
responsibility for administering the before and after school selection to CUPF is consistent with
State and County laws and capitalizes on a long-term working relationship with MCPS
administration and 200 principals. The focus should be on ensuring the process is administered
objectively, with transparency, and has the oversight of a multi-agency body such as the ICB.
The ICB, established in 1978 under Chapter 44-3 of County Code, is responsible for oversight of
the Community Use of Public Facilities and coordination with Montgomery County Public
Schools. The members ofthe ICB are comprised ofmajor decision makers in the County and
include the Chief Administrative Officer, Superintendent of Schools, President of the Board of
Education, Director of County Council staff, Board member of M-NCPPC, President of
Montgomery College, school administrators, and members ofthe community appointed by the
County Executive and confirmed by thc County Council. Over the past 36 years the ICB/CUPF
and MCPS have worked collaboratively in implementing a program that has facilitated over
500,000 hours of community use in schools every year. The interagency partnership that exists
between MCPS and ICB/CUPF is unique and extremely successful.
As the initial "latch-key" programs launched by the ICB/CUPF in the 1980s evolved to the wide
range of after school programs, there has always been a strong commitment to childcare services.
Since the ICB/CUPF was entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the accessibility of space
in schools for groups, it is logical that CUPF would administer a program that is providing
childcarc providers with space use. In 2007, the ICB approved a resolution that modified the
childcare selection procedures in place since 1986 to create opportunities"for new and minority
owned providers who felt "locked-out" of this service area The approach adapted to the
different needs for older children. CUPF also utilized technology to streamline the process.
Access via PC or tablet to the applications and resource materials replaced mountains of proposal
notebooks. Now that Regulation 15-14AMllI has formerly established the bid process, replacing
the ICB Resolution, the ICB/CUPF will continue to work with schools to support a fair and open
selection process by a committee that includes educational professionals as well as families that
use the service (CUPF would simply administer the process; CUPF would not have a voice in
who is selected). This process also enables each school to select a provider that they feel will
meet their specific needs. Granted, the process requires a significant time commitment by the
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
schools, we believe that given the alternative ofhaving the provider selected and assigned to
serve the school's students, the school they would still prefer a voice.
Approximately 30% of all indoor school use hours are by before and after school childcare
providers. The fees collected for these activities account for 20% ofCUPF's annual school use
revenue. As demonstration of our commitment, then, and now, CUPF provides this support
using current staffing and receives no funding from either MCPS or the General Fund. Creation
of a new office would require allocation ofsignificant funds, which is difficult in these tight
budgct times.
Thank you for your consideration.
~~~-
Grace Rivera-Oven
Chair, Interagency Coordinating Board
Sin/7Y
~
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
P
1-1
Stronger Together
3 -3
/-1.5
. ,
1-··
7'.
30
P
.'1'\ .
Hearing Testimony March 31, 2015
County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland
Bill 13-15, Office of Child Care-Established
My name is Veronica Beebe and I am a Member Strength Organizer with SEIU Local 500.
Local 500 represents nearly 20,000 workers throughout the state of Maryland and many
of them are in Montgomery County and have many concerns with child care. Reliable,
affordable child care enables the citizens of Montgomery County to find employment that
strengthens the economic health of the County and of the families who live here.
I am here today to speak in support of creating the Office of Child Care. I commend
Councilmember Riemer's commitment to supporting early childhood educators here in
Montgomery County by taking this step to promote leadership and direction in the field of
child care. We believe that consolidating the efforts of multiple bodies into one
department, the Office of Child Care, is an important step in addressing some of the long
term problems within the industry.
'
Our union represents, among others, family child care providers who have children under
the state subsidy program. These providers run their businesses from their home and are
hubs for their community; they provide not just care but also information and help to
working families in their neighborhoods. There are many challenges that child care
providers must overcome to open and continue to run their businesses. They face
challenges like having an acceptable space for their business, receiving all of the training
necessary to provide quality care, and ensuring that children are ready to enter school.
Having a department within the county devoted to improving some of these issues would
improve the lives of child care providers and the families they serve greatly.
Our union also represents working families in Montgomery County who are concerned
with rising costs of child care as well as simply having access to child care near where
they live or work. These families count on quality, affordable, and reliable child care. Over
the past decade, there has been a decrease in the amount of family child care providers
throughout the state, causing a decrease in the number of spaces available for children.
This, among other things, has also driven up the price of child care for families. A
department that will work on addressing and solving these trends is pivotal to making sure
that working families will have access to child care.
The Office of Child Care's goals are among those that we strive to work on with our
members every day. We are excited to speak in support of a bill that will move the
industry forward and address the larger problems that our members and their families
face with regards to child care.
Service Employees International Union, Local 500, CtW, CLC
901 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg,
MD
20879
301-740-7100
www.seiuSOO.org
Merle Cuttitta, President
®
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Good evening County Council Members,
My name is Debbie Diederichsen and I am here tonight representing Bar-T School Year
Programs regarding Councilmember Riemer's bill to consolidate the county's child care and
early education efforts into one agency. Bar-T has been a leading provider of quality childcare
in Montgomery County Public Schools since 1988. We currently operate in 32 programs for
Montgomery County families and welcome roughly 2200 children through our doors each day.
Bar-T offers quality, regulated childcare to children of all ages. In the past year alone we have
had to deal with three different county agencies regarding renting space, requirements for
care, and bidding for programs, all with separate timelines, priorities, and regulations. At one
school alone we deal with two separate agencies, that means that a family would pass through
HHS space, into ICB space, and Bar-T has to cut through the bureaucracy of both to make sure
that care is even and consistent for the families that rely on us. In our office alone we have one
part time staff member who deals strictly with renting space, and a full time staff member who
works on the various proposals, rebids, and written requirements needed to exist in this
business environment.
We strongly recommend the passage of Councilmember Riemer's bill before you. By
consolidating the oversight of all childcare under one roof, it would ensure that providers are
supported and able to offer the best possible care to families.
Thank you for your time,
Debbie Diederichsen
Director of Growth and Development
Bar-T Holding, Inc
18753 North Frederick Ave
Suite 203
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
My name is Joe Richardson and I work for 8ar-T, but I'm here tonight
to speak as a parent. I also have two children who use childcare in
Montgomery County, my 5 year old is in a 8ar-T Pre-K program, and
my 2 year old attends a local Montessori school. My wife and I both
work to support our family, but without childcare, one of us would have
to stay home to care for our children. The advantage my family gets in
having our children enrolled in these wonderful childcare programs
goes far beyond simply supporting the careers of my wife and I. My
daughter is able to read and write before she has set a single foot a
Kindergarten classroom, and my son has the wonderful workers at
infants and toddlers visit him at his school so they can work with him
and his teachers on developing his speech.
My point is that the quality of care they receive is tremendous, but it
comes at a great cost. Frankly if I didn't work for a childcare company,
where I receive free care for my daughter, we would never be able to
afford the care for my two children. With the tangible benefits children
receive from quality childcare, it shouldn't be reserved for only the
wealthy, or those like me who happen to work in the industry.
Affordable, quality childcare, should be available to everyone, and I
feel that the bill before you tonight is a step in the right direction for
making that a reality for every parent in Montgomery County.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Shaun Rose - Testimony in Support of Bill 13-15, March 31, 2015
My name is Shaun Rose and I am testifying in support of Bill 13-15. I am the President of Rock Spring
Children's Center, a nonprofit school with over 150 infant to pre-k children. I am also a Commissioner on the
County's Commission on Child Care.
Over the past few years, I have met with many of you to discuss these issues. One thing we heard was that if we
wanted big change, we needed to get people outside the Council building with signs about the importance of
this issue. Well, we did that tonight I would like to thank all ofthe teachers, administrators and parents from
Rock Spring and from all of the other programs who came out tonight
25 years ago we had a Division of Child Care and we had a strategic plan for how we were going to support
families. This is when the Commission on Child Care was created. Back then, we had a partnership between
County government and providers. WP A and Child Care in Public Space were two important tools we used to
support families and child care programs. But, our plans, our strategy, our partnership and the level of fmandal
support have fallen away over the years.
You will hear from parents, providers, and teachers tonight who experience our current system from various
points of view, but who all have very important concerns. These issues are complex, not easily solved through
a single task force, or a piece oflegislation. We need structural change. We need someone responsible for
understanding our current system and who can partner with the Commission, parents and providers to start
moving us in the right direction. We need to marshal all ofthe resources we currently have, and create a new
plan and we need to do it this year. We need to join other jurisdictions who are making substantial efforts to
support child care and early education and support the families oftheir communities.
Those of you seeing this at home who could not attend tonight, I urge you to write
in
to your Councilmembers
to let them know this is important to you.
The rest ofmy written testimony is longer than I have time to read here, but I just wanted to hit a few
highlights:
There's a great ambivalence towards families and child care. There's a highly entrenched attitude that families
should be able to figure out child care on their own, wruchis incredible given what a significant cost it is and
that the vast majority of the parents
in
our county have jobs that they need to go to each day.
Most of the families in our county do not make enough to afford consistent, quality child care. Many
families have to resort to unlicensed, inconsistent, and unreliable arrangements so that they can go to work.
Umeliable care makes for unreliable workers and those at the lowest levels of income struggle to advance
themselves economically. Those who are finding ways to afford childcare are struggling, and it significantly
impacts their family finances. 10% is the recommended percentage of a family's income that should be
spent on child care. But that means a young family in Montgomery County with two kids in the 0 to 5
range would have to be making about $300-$400,000 a year in order to comfortably afford childcare.
We know that the vast majority of our children's brain development occurs during these 0 to 5 years and that
high-quality care and learning environments are key to preparing them for success
in
K- 12 and beyond. One of
the reasons we may be failing at closing the K-12 achievement gap is because our efforts are starting too
late. We put around 50% of our county budget towards K-12 education and less than 1 % supporting
early education in the 0 to 5 years when it could make a bigger difference.
@
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
The biggest subsidy for child care right now is the low pay for child care professionals. Payroll accounts
for about 70% of a childcare programs budget, but administrators are paid like public school teachers and
childcare teachers are generally paid in the $25-35k range. Education and training requirements keep increasing,
but programs cannot afford to increase pay. Childcare teachers who spend all day making sure other
people's children of quality early educational experiences cannot afford quality care for their own kids.
Adding to the burden, state licensing regulations and quality improvement programs add more and more
requirements on childcare providers every year. But it seems that we are ignoring the economic realities and
confusing minimum standards of quality with what should be aspirational goals. Worse, the State entities in
charge of licensing and quality improvements are so under-resourced and interfacing with them is so difficult
and time-consuming that there is little evidence that these additional burdens are having a positive impact on
quality. In fact it seems to take time away from the children and the program and serves merely
to
give data to a
central office.
On the county level, the two biggest supports to our child care system are the Working Parents Assistance
program and child care in public space. However while child care costs have risen significantly funding for
WP A has stayed relatively flat. Subsidy amounts are not high enough to allow families to forward quality care.
Income qualification levels are also too low in the program only helps a small number of families. A County
Work Group has submitted a report to you detailing the problems with WP A and recommending significant
changes. However, there are currently no plans to do anything about this. PLEASE FIX WPA!
Many ofthe larger childcare programs in the county have long relied on the use ofpublic space with lower-cost
rent to make their programs work. At one time, the county used their public space man effort to bolster our
system of childcare and help providers. More recently though we have shifted our approach to child care in
public space, making it more unreliable and forcing providers to compete more frequently which often means
lower wages and benefits to child care workers in order to win bids. This does not help our children get quality
care.
Our system of child care is on an unsustainable path and many providers have had to focus on existential
questions of what happens when oursystem collapses. We should not have to reach a crisis point before
we decide to act. The strongest opposition to this bill seems to be coming from within County government
where there is a resistance to change and concern that a new structure would create interface challenges among
County entities. Our government structure should be set up to serve the needs and interests of the people and not
its own needs. There are many complex questions and issues that need to be studied and addressed and
our current structure is not set up to do this.
Please pass this bill and recommit the County to partnering with the providers who have been trying for so long
to serve the needs of our families and children. Let's see this is just a first step to putting us on a sustainable
path that supports families and improves the quality of life in our County. Studies have shown that money
invested in childcare
c~
pay great dividends. Once we come up with a plan, we need to be committed to
making these investments.
Thank
you.
 PDF to HTML - Convert PDF files to HTML files
Erin W. Slagle
My name is Erin Slagle and I am testifying in favor of Bill 13-15. I am the Program Director at Rock
Spring Children's Center and a resident of Montgomery County. I am also a parent of a 10 month old baby
boy named Lincoln.
Because of my job, I get to see first-hand what an incredible impact quality early educational
experiences have on children. However, I also see the incredible streSS parents endure as they struggle
to balance the demands of their jobs and careers with those of being a parent. Even when they find a
wonderful place, with loving people, where they feel comfortable leaving their child, parents still
struggle with the astronomical costs of quality care.
As an assistant director in a child care center, I have dedicated my career to early childhood education,
and yet I cannot afford quality care for my own child. Our phenomenal teachers make less than I do and
have an even harder time accommodating care for their own children. The fundraising at our School is
able to provide some tuition discounts, but we are not sure from year to year what assistance will be
available. It's very hard to be in the business of providing quality care for other people's kids but not to
be able to afford it yourself. There are many other hard working families out there who also cannot
afford care and have to resort to unlicensed and unreliable arrangements.
In my position at the School, I manage our curriculum, trainings, licensing compliance and accreditations.
I love my job and love working with the teachers to provide excellent care and education for children.
However, every day we have to deal with unnecessary or unorganized demands placed on administrators,
and unclear or unrealistic training demands placed on teachers. Excellent teachers with decades of
experience are given the message they are not good enough because they don't have degrees. Teachers
with degrees eventually move on to higher paying jobs or jobs with more prestige, often creating high
turnover rates in many child care centers. This is not good for our kids or our families.
So far our school has resisted the pressure to participate in the State's EXCELS program. I've seen
little evidence that it will increase our quality. On the contrary, EXCELS is so inefficient and it takes so
much time to interact with MSDE that it wastes a lot of valuable time which I could be spending working
with teachers, parents, and children. The demands of the EXCELS program also increases our tuition
costs- and why would we want to do that when so many struggle to afford child care as it is?