AGENDA ITEM#10A
March 17,2015
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
March 13,2015
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
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Introduction:
Bi1113-15, Office of Child Care - Established
Bi1113-15, Office of Child Care - Established, sponsored by Councilmember Riemer, is scheduled
to be introduced on March 17,2015. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 31 at
7:30 p.m.
Bill
13-15 would create an Office of Child Care as a principal office in County government and
specifY the duties of that Office. A memo from the sponsor explaining the rationale for this
legislation is on ©8.
This packet contains:
Bi1l13-15
Legislative Request Report
Riemer memorandum
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Bill No.
13-15
Concerning: Office of Child Care ­
Established
Draft No. 7
Revised:
3/1212015
Introduced:
March 17,2015
Expires:
September 17, 2016
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _---:-:_ _ _ _ _ __
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Ch. _ _• Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Councilmember Riemer
AN
ACT to:
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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-201
By renaming and adding
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Article 1, Division ofChild Care
Section lOA-I and lOA-2
By renumbering
Chapter lOA, Child Care
Sections lOA-I, IOA-2, lOA-3, lOA-4, lOA-5, and lOA-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
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BILL
No. 13-15
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Heading or defined term.
Added to existing law by original bill.
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Existing law unqfJected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL No. 13·15
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Sec. 1. Section 1A-201 is amended as follows:
1A-201. Establishing departments and principal offices.
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Executive Branch.
(I) These are the departments and principal offices of the Executive
Branch.
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Child Care (Section lOA-I)
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of Chapter lOA is added as follows:
Sec. 2. Chapter lOA is renamed and Article 1 (Sections 10A-1 and 10A-2)
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Chapter lOA. [Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program] Child Care.
Article
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Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education.
10A-l. Office of Child Care: Duties.
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The Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education is
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Duties.
The Office must:
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provide leadership and policy direction for an innovative approach
to the research, review and implementation of child care
programmmg;
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provide leadership and serve as
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focal point for early childhood
education and care services;
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promote coordination
County;
and collaboration among county agencies
and departments to expand child care opportunities throughout the
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seek
innovative public-private partnerships between private
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businesses, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the County;
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provide technical assistance, consultation, and training for
providers of early care and education programs in the County;
administer the selection of providers in public space, including in
Montgomery County Public School facilities, to the extent
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develop ways to expand the amount of public and private space
available for child care services; and
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Strategic Plan for Child Care, in consultation with the
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Commission on Child Care,
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year from date of enactment]
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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 in public space,
including in public school projects;
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planning for expansion of child care space through public­
private partnerships;
research on the supply, demand, and affordability of child
care throughout the County;
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plan for
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countywide universal child care and preschool
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program that provides every child an opportunity to
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high-quality preschool, early care, and
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education program; and
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plan to improve readiness for children entering
kindergarten through enhanced early care and education
servIces.
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BILL No. 13-15
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IOA-2. Annual report.
By February
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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.
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[IOA-3] IOA-5. Uses of funds.
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[IOA-6] lOA-So Revolving loan fund.
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renumbered as follows:
Sec. 4. Article VllI of Chapter 27 (Sections 27-62 and 27-62A) is
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Article VllI. [Commission on Child Care.] Reserved.
27-62. Reserved.
Article 3. Commission on Child Care.
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Article 4. Child Care Facilities Impact Statements.
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,[27-62A] lOA-lO. Child Care facilities impact statements.
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follows:
44-3. Interagency Coordinating Board.
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Sec. 5. Sections 44-3 and 44-4 are amended and Section 44-4A is added as
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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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44-4. Director of Community Use of Public Facilities.
[The] Except as provided in Section 44-4A, the Director must:
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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
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 13-15
Office ofChild Care
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Established
DESCRIPTION:
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITHIN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENAL TIES:
Bill 13-15 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.
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY 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 precticts that costs will continue to increase through 2018 by between
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and 14% on average. Infant care is predicted to increase a staggering 40% over the next three
years with family care providers.
To address these challenges, I propose legislation establishing a new Office of Child Care, Early
Care and Education. This Office would have a Director with the seniority and authority to shape
policy and forge meaningful partnerships across agencies and with the private sector. Some
functions would be consolidated from the Early Childhood group in the County's Department of
Health and Human Services and other offices with child care functions across the government.
The Office would be charged with developing, updating, and implementing a Child Care
Strategic Plan that addresses child care and early learning in a comprehensive way, establishing
new relationships and partnerships with agencies and businesses, overseeing the selection of
child care providers in public space, and building a stronger bond with parents in the
community.
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As President Obama said in his most recent State of the Union,
lilt's
time we stop treating child
care as a side issue, or a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is
for all of us." I agree with those comments and I believe this Office will help us to appropriately
define the challenge and meet it.
In Maryland, most government regulation and promotion of child care is handled by the State,
though the County supplements the state's efforts in certain areas. HHS is laser focused, as it's
website states, on core services that "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.