Bill No.
11-15
Concerning: Child Care Expansion and
Quality Enhancement Initiative
Revised:
5/5/2015
Draft No.
_5_
Introduced:
March 3.
2015
Enacted:
May
5. 2015
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Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmembers Navarro and Riemer
Co-Sponsors: Council Vice President Floreen, Councilmember Elrich, Council President Leventhal,
and Councilmembers Berliner, Katz, Rice, and Hucker
AN ACT
to:
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require the Executive to designate an employee in the Department of Health and
Human Services as a Child Care and Early Education Officer and specify the duties
of the Child Care and Early Education Officer:
create a Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement hritiative in the
Department of Health and Human Services;
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specify the duties to implement the Initiative; [[and]]
[[(3)]] (4) establish an Early Childhood Coordinating Council and specify the duties of the
Coordinating Council: and
generally amend County law regarding child care, human
rights,
and administration.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 2, Administration
Section 2-42A
By renaming and adding
Chapter 1OA, Child Care
Article 1, Child Care
Sections lOA-1 and lOA-2
Article 2, Early Childhood Coordinating Council
Section lOA-3
By renumbering
Chapter 1OA, Child Care
Sections lOA-1, lOA-2, lOA-3, lOA-4, lOA-5, and lOA-6
Chapter 27, Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Sections 27-62 and 27-62A
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By amending and adding
Chapter 44, Schools and Camps
Sections 44-3, 44-4, and 44-4A
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Existing law unqffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Section 2-42A is amended as follows:
2-42A. Functions, powers, and duties.
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Duties of the Department.
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The Department provides staff support to:
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the Advisory Board for the Montgomery Cares Program;
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the Early Childhood Coordinating Council: and
any program created to achieve health equity among
County residents.
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Chapter lOA is renamed and Article 1 of Chapter lOA
([[Section]] Sections lOA-1 and lOA-2) is added as follows:
Chapter lOA. [Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program] Child Care.
Article
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Child Care [[Expansion and Quality Enhancement]]:
lOA-1. Child Care and Early Education Officer.
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[[Definitions/] Definition.
In
this Section.
Officer
means the Child Care
and Early Education Officer.
The County Executive must designate an employee in the Department
of Health and Human· Services to serve as a Child Care and Early
Education Officer. Among other duties. the Officer must:
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promote coordination and collaboration among county agencies
and departments to expand child care opportunities throughout
the County:
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administer the selection of providers in public space. after
consulting with the Montgomerv County Board of
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Education where school facilities are to be used. to the
extent authorized by State law; and
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to the extent not authorized by State law. monitor and
sup,port the coordination between the Department of
Health and Human Services and the Office of Community
Use of Public Facilities to administer the selection of
providers in public space. including in Montgomery
County Public School facilities[[. to the extent authorized
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monitor and sup,port the implementation of the Child Care
Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative described in
Section
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provide staff sup,port for the Early Childhood Coordinating
Council established
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Section
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monitor and sup,port 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
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prepare a Strategic Plan for Child Care by May 5. 2016 that
includes:
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specific goals and implementation strategies for improving
early childhood services and child care provider assistance
and counseling;
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planning for new child care services
including in public school projects;
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public space.
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planning for expansion of child care space through public-
private partnerships:
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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 everv child an opportunity to
participate in a high-quality preschool. early care. and
education program: and
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a plan to improve readiness for children entering
kindergarten through enhanced early care and education
services.
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Annual report.
By February 1 each year. the Officer must sublnit to the
County Council and County Executive an annual report on:
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its activities. accomplishments. plans. and objectives:
the implementation of the Child Care Expansion and Quality
Enhancement Initiative. including the number of family child
care providers serviced and tvnes of services provided:
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steps taken to implement the Strategic Plan for Child Care. Early
Care. and Education in the preceding year: and
the activities. accomplishments. plans. and objectives of the Early
Childhood Coordinating Council. including implementation of
the Early Childhood Initiative.
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lOA-2. Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative.
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Definitions.
In
this Article, the following words have the meanings
indicated:
Department
means the Department of Health and Human Services.
Director
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
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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
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Initiative.
The Department must:
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at least quarterly, hold an information session:
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for prospective family child care providers, on the steps
necessary to become registered or licensed
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for licensed family child care providers, on the steps
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accreditation;
achieve State,
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or national
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provide technical assistance and coordinate business training to
family child care providers;
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site-visit for potential family child care
providers to provide feedback and assistance to obtain state
licensing]] if a potential family child care provider is pursuing
registration or licensing and has submitted an application to the
State Office of Child Care. provide technical assistance and
general program support to the provider; and
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provide services in Spanish, and other languages as requested, in
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conduct an annual assessment of child care needs in the County;
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prepare an annual report, as required in subsection
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Regulations.
The Executive may adopt regulations under Method
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administer the Initiative.
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Annual report.
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February leach year, the Department must submit to
the County Council an annual report on:
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its activities, accomplishments, plans, and objectives;
the results of the annual child care needs assessment; and
the number of family child care providers serviced and
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Sec. 3. Article 2 (Section lOA-3) of Chapter lOA is added as follows:
Article 2. Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
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lOA-3. Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
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Definitions.
In
this Section. the following. words have the meanings
indicated:
Coordinating Council
means the Early Childhood Coordinating
Council.
Department
means the Department of Health and Human Services.
Director
means the Director of the Department or the Director's
designee.
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Established.
The Executive must appoint. subject to confirmation by the
Council. an Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
Composition and terms ofmembers.
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The Coordinating Council has up to 33 members.
The Executive must appoint up to 15 public members. The public
members should include:
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up to 4 representatives of local providers of early
childhood education and development services:
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one representative of the Montgomerv County Council
Parent Teacher Associations:
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one
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Commission on Child Care:
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one representative of the Organization of Child Care
Directors:
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one representative of the Family Child Care Association of
Montgomery County:
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Education ofYoung Children:
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one representative of the business community with
demonstrated leadership in early childhood care and
education:
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one representative of the local pediatrician community:
one representative of the local philanthropic community:
one representative of the local interfaith community: and
up to 2 parent representatives.
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The Executive must appoint the
officio member:
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to serve as an ex
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the Director of the Department:
one representative of the Department's Division of Early
Childhood Services:
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one representative of the Department's Community Health
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one representative of the Department's School Health
Services:
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one representative of the Department's Infants and
Toddlers· Program:
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one
representative
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Collaboration Council for Children. Youth and Families:
one representative of the Montgomery County Child Care
Resource and Referral Center:
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one representative of the Montgomerv County Community
Action Agency. the administrator of public Head Start
programs in Montgomery County:
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one representative of Montgomery County Department of
Public Libraries: and
one representative of the Montgomery County Council:
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The Executive must invite the following to serve as an ex officio
member:
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the Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent or
the Superintendent's designee:
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one representative of the Montgomery County Public
School's Division of Early Childhood Programs and
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Prekindergarten. Special Programs and Related Services:
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one representative of the Office of Child Care Region 5.
Maryland State Department of Education:
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up to 2 representatives of P1:1blic institutions of higher
education in the County:
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one elementarv school principal in Montgomery County
Public Schools: and
one prekindergarten teacher in Montgomery County Public
Schools.
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The term of each member is 4 years. If a member is appointed to
fill a vacancy before a term expires. the successor serves the rest
of the unexpired term.
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Each member of the Coordinating
Co~cil
is a voting member.
The Executive must designate the Chair and Vice-Chair..
The Coordinating Council meets at the call of the Chair. The
Coordinating Council must meet as often as necessary to perform
its duties. but not less than 9 times each year.
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A member serves without compensation. However. a member
may request reimbursement for mileage and dependent care costs
at rates established by the County.
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Duties.
The Coordinating Council must:
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conduct a periodic county-wide needs assessment concerning the
quality and availability of early childhood education and
development programs and services for children from birth to
school entry. including an assessment of the availability of child
care. [[pre-kindergarten]] prekindergarten. and other supportive
services for low-income children and their families in the County:
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identify opportunities for. and barriers to. collaboration and
coordination among child development. child care and early
childhood education programs. services. and advocacy groups
· including collaboration and coordination among State and local
agencies and organizations responsible for administering or
providing oversight for such efforts:
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develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation
of children and their families in existing programs. including
outreach to underrepresented and special populations:
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develop recommendations regarding the implementation and use
of the State-established unified data collection system for public
early childhood education and development programs and
services throughout the County:
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develop recommendations regarding professional development.
career advancement plans. compensation scales and incentives
for early childhood educators in the County: and
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assess the capacity and effectiveness of 2- and 4-year public and
private institutions of higher education toward suonorting the
development of early childhood educators. including the extent to
which such institutions have in place articulation agreements.
professional development and career advancement plans. and
practice or internships for students to spend time in Early Head
Start. Head Start. [(Pre-kindergarten]] prekindergarten. or child
care programs:
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recorrimend uniform regulations for the availability of quality
child care in public spaces:
develop ways to leverage public and private partnerships between
private businesses. Montgomery County Public Schools. and the
County:
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develop a hub consortium that connects family child care
providers to accredited child care centers and schools to provide
training. technical assistance. and mentoring to family child care
providers: and
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update and implement an Early Childhood Initiative to integrate
public and private early childhood services. including areas such
as child care. early literacy. early childhood mental health
consultation services. and parent support services.
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Advocacv.
The Coordinating Council must not engage m any
legislative advocacy at the State or federal levels unless that activity is
approved by the Office of Intergovernmental Relations.
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Staff.
The Department of Health and Human Services must provide
appropriate staff to the Coordinating Council.
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Article VIII of Chapter 27 (Sections 27-62 and 27-62A) is
renumbered and moved to Chapter lOA, and Articles 3 and 4 of Chapter lOA
(Sections lOA-4 and lOA-5) are added as follows:
Article VIII. [Commission on Child Care.] Reserved.
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Child Care.
[27-62] [[lOA-8]] lOA-4. Commission on child care.
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Article 4. Child Care Facilities Impact Statements.
[27-62A] [[lOA-9]] lOA-5. Child Care facilities impact statements.
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Chapter lOA is added and Sections lOA-1,
lOA-2, lOA-3, lOA-4, lOA-5, and lOA-6 are renumbered as follows:
Article
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Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program.
[lOA-1] [[lOA-2]] lOA-6. Purpose and objectives.
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[lOA-3] [[lOA-41] lOA-8.
Uses of funds.
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[lOA-4] [[lOA-5]] lOA-9.
Loan amounts and rates.
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Interagency Coordinating Board.
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[lOA-5] [[lOA-6]] lOA-10.
Loan procedures.
[lOA-6] [[lOA-7]] lOA-11.
Revolving loan fund.
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Sections
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are amended and Section
44-4A
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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:
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Director of Community Use of Public Facilities.
[[The]] Except as provided in Section 44-4A. the Director must:
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Child Care in Public Snaces.
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The Child Care and Early Education Officer designated in Section
lOA-1
must:
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administer the selection of providers in public space. after consulting
with the Montgomery County Board of Education where school
facilities are to be used. to the extent authorized by state law: and
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to the extent not authorized by State law. monitor and suooort the
coordination between the Department of Health and Human Services
and the Office of Community Use of Public Facilities to administer the
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selection of providers in public space. including in Montgomerv County
Public School facilities [[to the extent authorized by State law]],;
Sec. 7. Transition of the Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
The County Executive must stagger the terms of the public members initially
appointed to the Early Childhood Coordinating Council under Section lOA-3 as
added by Section 3 of this Act so that approximately one-fourth of the terms of the
public members expire each year.
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George Leventhal, President, County Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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