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S01422 Summary:

BILL NO    S01422 





Directs the office of children and family services to study and report on the
availability of child day care for working parents.
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S01422 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                              2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                   January 12, 2015

       Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
         printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families

       AN ACT to direct the office of children and family services to  examine,
         evaluate  and make recommendations on the availability of day care for
         children; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expira-
         tion thereof


    1    Section  1.  The office of children and family services shall examine,
    2  evaluate and make recommendations concerning  the  availability  of  day
    3  care  for children in the state. Such office shall pay particular atten-
    4  tion to the impact of the lack   of necessary child day  care  upon  the
    5  ability  of  women in poverty and those in working families to enter the
    6  labor force. The office of children and family services shall direct its
    7  attention to:
    8    (a) establishing an inventory of child day care for  working  families
    9  and those at or near poverty;
   10    (b)  geographically  identifying  child  day  care shortage areas on a
   11  regional basis and projections of the future demand for child  day  care
   12  based  on  the  regional  birth  rates, employment and population growth
   13  rates;
   14    (c) comparing on a statewide and regional basis, the demand for  child
   15  day  care services over the succeeding five years, including whether the
   16  projected growth rate in the child day care industry will be  sufficient
   17  to meet such future needs;
   18    (d)  assessing the cost to parents and guardians of day care for chil-
   19  dren on a regional basis, including the availability of government funds
   20  for parents and guardians toward child care costs;
   21    (e) identifying nontraditional child care needs within the  state  and
   22  regionally  for  parents  who  work  other than a 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
   23  shift or part-time, including those  who  work  night  shifts  or  swing

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
       S. 1422                             2

    1  shifts, and those parents who require early drop off and/or late pick up
    2  services from their child care provider;
    3    (f)  identifying  policies  that would encourage the establishment and
    4  operation of more child day care center  providers  and  increasing  the
    5  capacity of existing child day care providers;
    6    (g) identifying policies that would encourage and facilitate expansion
    7  of quality child day care services by neighbors and in communities where
    8  the working poor live and/or work; and
    9    (h) identifying and quantifying those factors that contribute to qual-
   10  ity  child  day  care, are used to identify child day care providers who
   11  are  committing  violations,  how  such  violations  are  addressed   or
   12  prevented,  and  procedures  for  establishing quality child day care in
   13  those communities with the greatest needs.
   14    S 2. The office of children and family services may request and  shall
   15  receive  any  available information from state agencies that is relevant
   16  and material to the study required by section one of this act.
   17    S 3. Within twelve months of the  effective  date  of  this  act,  the
   18  commissioner  of  children and family services shall submit a report, to
   19  the governor, the temporary president of the senate, the speaker of  the
   20  assembly,  the  minority leader of the senate and the minority leader of
   21  the assembly, on the office's findings, conclusions and recommendations,
   22  and shall submit therewith such legislative proposals as the  office  of
   23  children  and  family  services  shall  deem  necessary to implement its
   24  recommendations.  In addition, such office shall make such report avail-
   25  able to the public and post it on the internet website operated  by  the
   26  office.
   27    S  4.  This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be
   28  deemed repealed one year after it shall take effect.
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