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S01422 Summary:

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:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2015-2016 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    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
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     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.

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     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    § 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    § 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    §  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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