Bill No.
13-15
Concerning: ([Office of Child Care -
Established]] Child Care Expansion
and Quality Enhancement Initiative
Revised:
5/12/2015
Draft No. _8_
Introduced:
March
17. 2015
Enacted:
May
12. 2015
Executive:
May
20. 2015
Effective:
August
19. 2015
Sunset Date: .....:....:.N=on..:..::e'--------
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Laws of Mont. Co.
2015
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsors: Councilmembers Navarro and Riemer
Co-Sponsor: Council President Leventhal
AN ACT
to:
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[[create an Office of Child Care, Early Care and Education as a principal office in
County government]] 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 Officer;
create a Child Care Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative in the
Department of Health and Human Services and specify the duties [[of the Office]] to
implement the Initiative; [[and]]
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.
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By amending
Montgomery County Code
[[Chapter lA, Structure of County Government
Section lA-201]]
Chapter 2. Administration
Section 2-42A
By renaming and adding
Chapter 1OA, Child Care
Article 1, Division of Child Care
Section 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
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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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Existing law unqffected by bill.
The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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[[Sec. 1. Section IA-201 is amended as follows:
IA-201. Establishing departments and principal offices.
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Executive Branch.
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These are the departments and principal offices ofthe Executive
Branch.
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Child Care (Section
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of Chapter I OA is added as follows:
[[Sec. 2. Chapter JOA is renamed and Article I (Sections IOA-1 and IOA-2)
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Chapter I OA. [Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program] Child Care.
Article 1. Office g[ Child Care, Earlv Care and Education.
IOA-1. Office g[Child Care :Duties.
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Established The Offece gf Child Care, Early Care· and Education is
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principal offece in County government.
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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 gf.child care
programming;
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provide leadership and serve as g_fooal point.for early childhood
education and care services;
promote coordination and collaboration among county agencies
and departments to expand child care opportunities throughout the
County;
seek innovative public-private partnerships between private
businesses, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the County;
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provide technical assistance, consultation. and training for
providers Q[early care and education.programs in the County;
administer the selection Q[providers in public space, including in
Montgomery County Public School facilities, to the extent
authorized
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State law;
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develop ways to expand the amount Q[ public and private space
available.for child care services; and
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prepare g Strategi,c Plan for Child Care, in consultation with the
Commission on Child Care,
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that includes:
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specific goals and implementation strategies for improving
early childhood services and child care provider assistance
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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 Q[child care space through public-
private partnerships;
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research on the supply. demand, and affordability Q[ child
care throughout the County;
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gplanfor g countywide universal child care and preschool
program that provides every child an opportunity to
participate in g high-quality preschool, early care, and
education program; and
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g plan to improve readiness .tor children entering
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1 OA-2. Annual report
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February
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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 Strategi.c Plan for Child Care, Early Care and Education the
preceding year.//
[[Sec. 3. Article 2 of Chapter JOA is added and Sections JOA-1, JOA-2,
JOA-3, JOA-4, JOA-5, and JOA-6 are renumbered as follows:
Article 2. Child Dav Care Facilities Loan Program.
flOA-1} JOA-3. Purpose and objectives.
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flOA-4] JOA-6. Loan amounts and rates.
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renumbered as follows:
[[Sec. 4. Article VIII of Chapter 27 (Sections 27-62 and 27-62A) is
Article VIIL [Commission on Child Care.} Reserved.
27-62. Reserved.
Article 3.. Commission
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Child Care.
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Article 4. Child Care Facilities Impact Statements.
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[27-62AJ10A-10. Child Care facilities impact statements.
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44-3. lnteragency Coordinating Board.
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Establishment and responsibilities. [The} Except as provided in Section
44-4A, the Interagency Coordinating Boardfor Community Use ofPublic
Facilities must review and coordinate the activities conducted under this
Article. The Board must:
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44-4. Director of Community Use ofPublic 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
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selection
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providers in public space, including in Montgomery County Public School
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Sec. 1. Section 2-42A is amended as follows:
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the Advisory Board for the Montgomery Cares Program;
the Early Childhood Coordinating Council: and
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any program created to achieve health equity among County
residents.
Sec. 2. Chapter 10A is renamed and Article 1 of Chapter 10A (Sections
lOA-1and10A-2l is added as follows:
Chapter 10A. [[Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program]] Child Care.
Article 1. Child Care.
lOA-1. Child Care and Early Education Officer.
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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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monitor and support the coordination between the Department of
Health and Human Services and the Office of Community Use of
Public Facilities to administer the selection of providers in public
space. including in Montgomery County Public School facilities.
to the extent authorized by State law:
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monitor and suooort the implementation of the Child Care
Expansion and Quality Enhancement Initiative described in
Section lOA-2:
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provide staff support for the Early Childhood Coordinating
Council established in Section lOA-3:
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monitor and support the implementation of the Early Childhood
Initiative as developed by the Coordinating Council:
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serve as a liaison between County government and the public on
child care-related issues: and
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prepare a Strategic Plan for Child Care by
enactment] that includes:
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specific goals and implementation strategies for improving
early childhood services and child care provider assistance
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planning for new child care services in public space.
including in public school projects:
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research on the suooly. 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
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Annual report.
By February 1 each year. the Officer must submit 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 tvoes 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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'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.
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.
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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 by the State: and
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for licensed family child care providers. on the steps
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accreditation:
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provide technical assistance and coordinate business training to
family child care providers:
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
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the provider: and
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provide services in Spanish. and other languages as requested. in a
culturally competent manner.
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Regulations.
The Executive may adopt regulations under Method (2) to
administer the Initiative.
Sec. 3. Article 2 (Section lOA-3) of Chanter lOA is added as follows:
Article 2. Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
lOA-3. Early Childhood Coordinating Council.
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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.
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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:
one representative of the Montgomery County 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
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one representative of the Maryland Association for the
Education of Young Children:
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one representative of the business community with
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one representative of the local pediatrician comm.unity:
one representative of the local philanthropic community:
one representative of the local interfaith community: and
up to 2 parent representatives.
The Executive must aoooint the following to serve as an ex officio
member:
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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 Infants and Toddlers
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Collaboration Council for Children. Youth and Families:
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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
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one representative of Montgomerv County Department of
Public Libraries: and
one representative of the Montgomerv County Council:
The Executive must invite the following to serve as an ex officio
member:
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the Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent or
the Superintendent's designee:.
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one representative of the Montgomery County Public
School's Division of Early Childhood Programs and
Services:
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Prekindergarten. Special Programs and Related Services:
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one representative of the Office of Child Care Region 5.
Marvland State Department of Education:
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education in the County:
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one elementarv school principal
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one prekindergarten teacher
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The term of each member is 4 years.
If
a member is aooointed 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 Council is a voting member.
The Executive must designate the Chair and Vice-Chair.
The Coordinating Council meets at the call of the Chair. The
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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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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. 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
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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 supporting the
development of early childhood educators. including the extent to·
which such institutions have in place articulation agreements.
professional development and career advancement plans. and
practice or internships for students to spend time in Early Head
Start. Head Start.· prekindergarten. or child care programs:
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recommend uniform regulations for the availability of quality child
care in public spaces:
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develop ways to leverage public and private partnerships between
private businesses. Montgomerv County Public Schools. and the
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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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Advocacy.
The Coordinating Council must not engage in any legislative
advocacy at the State or federal levels unless that activity is approved by
the Office of Intergovernmental Relations. ·
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Staff.
The Department of Health and Human Services must provide
appropriate staff to the Coordinating Council.
Sec. 4. Article VIII of Chanter 27 (Sections 27-62 and 27-62Al is
renumbered and moved to Chanter lOA. and Articles 3 and 4 of Chanter lOA
(Sections lOA-4 and 10A-5l are added as follows:
Article VIII. [[Commission on Child Care.]] Reserved.
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Article 4. Child Care Facilities Impact Statements.
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Sec. 5. Article 5 of Chapter lOA is added and Sections lOA-1. lOA-2. lOA-3.
lOA-4, lOA-5. and lOA-6 are renumbered as follows:
Article 5. Child Day Care Facilities Loan Program.
[[lOA-1]] lOA-6. Purpose and objectives.
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44-3. Interagency Coordinating Board.
(a)
Sec. 6. Sections 44-3 and 44-4 are amended and Section 44-4A is added as
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 Public Snaces.
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The Child Care and Early Education Officer designated in Section 1OA-1 must
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
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
aooointed to the Early Childhood Coordinating Council under Section 1OA-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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