Amended in Assembly January 14, 2016

Amended in Assembly January 4, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 598


Introduced by Assembly Member Rendon

February 24, 2015


An act to amend Sections 8245 and 8246 of, to add Section 8248 to, and to repeal and add Section 8247 of, the Education Code, relating to child care.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 598, as amended, Rendon. Child care: family child care home education networks.

Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to contract with entities organized to operate family child care home education networks that support educational objectives for children in licensed family child care homes that serve families eligible for subsidized care. Existing law requires the family child care home education network programs to include certain things, including an assessment of each family child care home provider to ensure that services are of high quality and are educationally and developmentally appropriate. Existing law also requires each family child care home education network to do certain things, including assess the educational quality of the program offered in each family child care home in the network and ensure that a developmental profile is completed for each child in consultation with the provider.

This bill would require that tools used to make these assessments be appropriate to family child care home settings. The bill would require the network to complete the developmental profile in collaboration with the provider by doing certain things, including conducting a parent survey of a child’s developmental progress as directed by the department and incorporating it into the profile.begin insert The bill would require a family child care home education network to include the maintenance of a developmental portfolio, as provided.end insert The bill would also require a family child care home education network to conduct a minimum of 9 site visits to each affiliated provider in a calendar year, as provided, among other things.

Existing law provides that the above laws do not impose any new requirements on a family child care home education network nor does it require any increase in reimbursement rates.

This bill would delete this law.

The bill would require a provider in a family child care home education network to adopt and use a curriculum or curricula of the provider’s choosing that is appropriate for the age range of children in the home. The bill would also impose additional duties on providers, including providing age and developmentally appropriate educational activities for children.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 8245 of the Education Code is amended
2to read:

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8245.  

(a) The Superintendent, with funds appropriated for this
4purpose, shall contract with contracting entities to operate family
5child care home education networks that support educational
6objectives for children in licensed family child care homes that
7serve families eligible for subsidized child care.

8(b) Family child care home education network programs shall
9include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

10(1) Age and developmentally appropriate activities for children.

11(2) Care and supervision of children.

12(3) Parenting education.

13(4) Identification of child and family social or health needs and
14referral of the child or the family to the appropriate social or health
15services.

16(5) Nutrition.

P3    1(6) Training and support for the family child care home
2education network’s family home providers and staff.

3(7) Assessment of each family child care home provider to
4ensure that services are of high quality and are educationally and
5developmentally appropriate. Tools used to make an assessment
6shall be appropriate to family child care home settings.

7(8) Developmental profiles for children enrolled in the program.

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8(9) Maintenance of a folder, known as a developmental portfolio,
9for each child that includes, among other items, a child’s work
10product and observations of the child by the provider, the child
11development specialist, or both.

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12(9)

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13begin insert(10)end insert Parent involvement.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 8246 of the Education Code is amended to
15read:

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8246.  

A family child care home education network contractor,
17in addition to the requirements set forth in subdivision (b) of
18Section 8245, shall do all of the following:

19(a) Recruit, enroll, and certify eligible families.

20(b) Recruit, train, support, and reimburse licensed family home
21providers.

22(c) Collect family fees in accordance with contract requirements.

23(d) Assess, according to standards set by the department, the
24educational quality of the program offered in each family child
25care home in the network using assessment tools that are
26appropriate to family child care home settings.

27(e) Ensure that a developmental profile is completed for each
28child based upon observations of network staff, in collaboration
29with the provider, by doing at least all of the following:

30(1) Collaboratively completing the developmental child
31assessment profile selected by the department. The contractor’s
32child development specialist shall sign the developmental profile.

33(2) Utilizing the developmentalbegin delete portfolioend deletebegin insert portfolio, as described
34in paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245,end insert
maintained
35by the provider, including provider observations of each child.

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36(3) Ensuring that parent conferences are offered to the parent
37of each enrolled child. The parent may decline a parent conference.

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38(4)

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P4    1begin insert(3)end insert Conducting a parent survey concerning his or her child’s
2developmental progress as directed by the department and
3incorporate it into the developmental profile.

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4(f) Ensure that parent conferences are offered to the parent of
5each enrolled child. The parent may decline a parent conference.

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6(f)

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7begin insert(g)end insert Monitor requirements, including quality standards, and
8conduct periodic assessments of program quality in each family
9child care home affiliated with the network.

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10(g)

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11begin insert(h)end insert Ensure that basic health and nutrition requirements are met.

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12(h)

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13begin insert(i)end insert Provide data and reporting in accordance with contract
14requirements.

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15(i)

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16begin insert(j)end insert Conduct a minimum of nine site visits to each affiliated
17provider in a calendar year for purposes of conducting assessments
18and providing technical assistance, training, and support.

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19(j)

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20begin insert(k)end insert Support the affiliated providers in meeting the standards for
21program quality by reviewing, observing, and assessing the
22providers’ program components, and providing technical assistance,
23training, and coaching.

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24(k)

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25begin insert(l)end insert Offer providers at least 12 hours of training and technical
26assistance in group or individual settings. Trainings may include,
27but are not limited to, the following:

28(1) Age and developmentally appropriate educational practices
29and activities for children.

30(2) Appropriate care and supervision of children.

31(3) Parenting and parent involvement in the development of
32children.

33(4) Menu planning and nutrition information, unless this is
34provided by a United States Department of Food and
35Agriculture-funded program.

36(5) Provider and family communication.

37(6) Understanding the developmental measures of the
38developmental profile child assessment instrument.

P5    1(7) Individualizing the provider’s program to meet the needs of
2each child in the provider’s care by using the results of the
3developmental profile.

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4(l)

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5begin insert(m)end insert Implement a universal complaint procedure that complies
6with regulations adopted by the department. Contractors shall
7include in their universal complaint procedure the right of a
8provider to file a complaint alleging that the provider has been
9inappropriately deemed by the contractor to be unqualified to be
10affiliated with the family child care home education network, and
11therefore the contractor has terminated the provider’s participation
12in the network. This subdivision does not prevent the contractor
13from immediately terminating the provider’s participation in the
14network if the provider’s child care license has been revoked,
15suspended, or placed on probationary status by the Community
16Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services,
17or if the contractor finds that children may not be safe in the
18provider’s home.

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19(m)

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20begin insert(n)end insert Employ at least one child development specialist, who shall
21have educational qualifications equivalent to a child development
22teacher permit, to provide training, technical assistance, and
23coaching to providers. Notwithstanding any other law, family child
24care home education network contractors shall not be required to
25employ individuals with child development teacher permits.

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26(n)

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27begin insert(o)end insert Maintain a signed, written agreement with each affiliated
28provider and an authorized representative of the family child care
29home education network. The agreement shall include, but not be
30limited to, all of the following:

31(1) The provider’s status as an independent contractor with the
32family child care home education network.

33(2) The provider’s nondiscrimination policy.

34(3) The established reimbursement rates.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 8247 of the Education Code is repealed.

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SEC. 4.  

Section 8247 is added to the Education Code, to read:

37

8247.  

(a) A provider in a family child care home education
38network shall adopt and use a curriculum or curricula, of the
39provider’s choosing, appropriate for the age range of children in
40the home.

P6    1(b) In order to ensure educational quality for children, the
2contractor may adopt a policy limiting the curricula acceptable
3within its network. The policy shall include not less than three
4curricula, and the contractor may approve provider developed
5curricula if they are educational and appropriate for the age ranges
6of children in the homes.

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SEC. 5.  

Section 8248 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8

8248.  

(a) A provider shall do all of the following:

9(1) Provide age and developmentally appropriate educational
10activities for children.

11(2) Provide care and supervision of children.

12(3) Provide parenting education to parents. Parenting education
13may include, but is not limited to, general program information
14and formal or informal parent conferences and exchange of
15information about the development, needs, and skills of the parents’
16 child or children.

17(4) Identify child and family social service or health needs, and
18share those needs with the contractor.

19(5) Provide nutrition that is consistent with standards of the
20Child and Adult Care Food Program of the United States
21Department of Agriculture.

22(6) Collaborate with the contractor in completion of the
23developmental profile for each child, including doing all of the
24following:

25(A) Collaborating in completion of the developmental profile
26child assessment instrument.

27(B) Maintaining a developmental portfoliobegin insert, as described in
28paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245,end insert
for each child
29that includes items produced by the child.

30(C) Maintaining observations of the child, and other
31documentation of the child’s skills.

32(D) Conducting or participating in parent conferences, per
33contractor policies.

34(7) Provide the contractor with copies of all citations issued to
35the provider by the Community Care Licensing Division of the
36State Department of Social Services within five calendar days of
37the issuing date of the citation.

38(8) Obtain no less than 12 hours of professional training per
39year, and maintain documentation of the training for three years.
40Training may include group or individual training provided by the
P7    1contractor, or training provided by other qualified individuals or
2organizations.

3(b) A provider may, but is not required to, encourage parent
4involvement in the provider’s home program.

5(c) A provider is not required to maintain a parent advisory
6committee, as required by center contractors.



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