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California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 598


Introduced by Assembly Memberbegin delete Rendonend deletebegin insert Calderonend insert

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(Coauthor: Assembly Member Rendon)

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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, begin deleteRendonend delete begin insertCalderonend insert. 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. The bill would require a family child care home education network to include the maintenance of a developmental portfolio, as provided. 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.

P3    1(4) Identification of child and family social or health needs and
2referral of the child or the family to the appropriate social or health
3services.

4(5) Nutrition.

5(6) Training and support for the family child care home
6education network’s family home providers and staff.

7(7) Assessment of each family child care home provider to
8ensure that services are of high quality and are educationally and
9developmentally appropriate. Tools used to make an assessment
10shall be appropriate to family child care home settings.

11(8) Developmental profiles for children enrolled in the program.

12(9) Maintenance of a folder, known as a developmental portfolio,
13for each child that includes, among other items, a child’s work
14product and observations of the child by the provider, the child
15development specialist, or both.

16(10) Parent involvement.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 8246 of the Education Code is amended to
18read:

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8246.  

A family child care home education network contractor,
20in addition to the requirements set forth in subdivision (b) of
21Section 8245, shall do all of the following:

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

23(b) Recruit, train, support, and reimburse licensed family home
24providers.

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

26(d) Assess, according to standards set by the department, the
27educational quality of the program offered in each family child
28care home in the network using assessment tools that are
29appropriate to family child care home settings.

30(e) Ensure that a developmental profile is completed for each
31child based upon observations of network staff, in collaboration
32with the provider, by doing at least all of the following:

33(1) Collaboratively completing the developmental child
34assessment profile selected by the department. The contractor’s
35child development specialist shall sign the developmental profile.

36(2) Utilizing the developmental portfolio, as described in
37paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245, maintained by
38the provider, including provider observations of each child.

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

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

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

9(h) Ensure that basic health and nutrition requirements are met.

10(i) Provide data and reporting in accordance with contract
11requirements.

12(j) Conduct a minimum of nine site visits to each affiliated
13provider in a calendar year for purposes of conducting assessments
14and providing technical assistance, training, and support.

15(k) Support the affiliated providers in meeting the standards for
16program quality by reviewing, observing, and assessing the
17providers’ program components, and providing technical assistance,
18training, and coaching.

19(l) Offer providers at least 12 hours of training and technical
20assistance in group or individual settings. Trainings may include,
21but are not limited to, the following:

22(1) Age and developmentally appropriate educational practices
23and activities for children.

24(2) Appropriate care and supervision of children.

25(3) Parenting and parent involvement in the development of
26children.

27(4) Menu planning and nutrition information, unless this is
28provided by a United States Department of Food and
29Agriculture-funded program.

30(5) Provider and family communication.

31(6) Understanding the developmental measures of the
32developmental profile child assessment instrument.

33(7) Individualizing the provider’s program to meet the needs of
34each child in the provider’s care by using the results of the
35developmental profile.

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36(m) Implement a universal complaint procedure that complies
37with regulations adopted by the department. Contractors shall
38include in their universal complaint procedure the right of a
39provider to file a complaint alleging that the provider has been
40inappropriately deemed by the contractor to be unqualified to be
P5    1affiliated with the family child care home education network, and
2therefore the contractor has terminated the provider’s participation
3in the network. This subdivision does not prevent the contractor
4from immediately terminating the provider’s participation in the
5network if the provider’s child care license has been revoked,
6suspended, or placed on probationary status by the Community
7Care Licensing Division of the State Department of Social Services,
8or if the contractor finds that children may not be safe in the
9provider’s home.

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11begin insert(m)end insert Employ at least one child development specialist, who shall
12have educational qualifications equivalent to a child development
13teacher permit, to provide training, technical assistance, and
14coaching to providers. Notwithstanding any other law, family child
15care home education network contractors shall not be required to
16employ individuals with child development teacher permits.

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17(o)

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18begin insert(n)end insert Maintain a signed, written agreement with each affiliated
19provider and an authorized representative of the family child care
20home education network. The agreement shall include, but not be
21limited to, all of the following:

22(1) The provider’s status as an independent contractor with the
23family child care home education network.

24(2) The provider’s nondiscrimination policy.

25(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:

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8247.  

(a) A provider in a family child care home education
29network shall adopt and use a curriculum or curricula, of the
30provider’s choosing, appropriate for the age range of children in
31the home.

32(b) In order to ensure educational quality for children, the
33contractor may adopt a policy limiting the curricula acceptable
34within its network. The policy shall include not less than three
35curricula, and the contractor may approve provider developed
36curricula if they are educational and appropriate for the age ranges
37of children in the homes.

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SEC. 5.  

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

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8248.  

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

P6    1(1) Provide age and developmentally appropriate educational
2activities for children.

3(2) Provide care and supervision of children.

4(3) Provide parenting education to parents. Parenting education
5may include, but is not limited to, general program information
6and formal or informal parent conferences and exchange of
7information about the development, needs, and skills of the parents’
8 child or children.

9(4) Identify child and family social service or health needs, and
10share those needs with the contractor.

11(5) Provide nutrition that is consistent with standards of the
12Child and Adult Care Food Program of the United States
13Department of Agriculture.

14(6) Collaborate with the contractor in completion of the
15developmental profile for each child, including doing all of the
16following:

17(A) Collaborating in completion of the developmental profile
18child assessment instrument.

19(B) Maintaining a developmental portfolio, as described in
20paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245, for each child
21that includes items produced by the child.begin insert A copy of this portfolio
22shall be shared with the family child care home education network
23contractor for purposes of department review.end insert

24(C) Maintaining observations of the child, and other
25documentation of the child’s skills.

26(D) Conducting or participating in parent conferences, per
27contractor policies.

28(7) Provide the contractor with copies of all citations issued to
29the provider by the Community Care Licensing Division of the
30State Department of Social Services within five calendar days of
31the issuing date of the citation.

32(8) Obtain no less than 12 hours of professional training per
33year, and maintain documentation of the training for three years.
34Training may include group or individual training provided by the
35contractor, or training provided by other qualified individuals or
36organizations.

37(b) A provider may, but is not required to, encourage parent
38involvement in the provider’s home program.

P7    1(c) A provider is not required to maintain a parent advisory
2committee, as required by center contractors.



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