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California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 598


Introduced by Assembly Member Calderon

(Coauthor: 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, Calderon. 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 certainbegin delete things,end deletebegin insert components,end insert including an assessment of each family child care home provider to ensure that services are of high quality and are educationally and developmentally appropriate.begin delete 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.end delete

This bill would require that tools used to make these assessments be appropriate to family child care homebegin delete 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 billend deletebegin insert settings andend insert would require a family child care home education networkbegin insert programend insert to include the maintenance of a developmentalbegin delete portfolio,end deletebegin insert portfolio for each child,end insert as provided.begin delete 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.end delete

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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.

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Existing law imposes various requirements on family child care home education network contractors, including ensuring that a developmental profile is completed for each child.

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This bill would impose additional requirements on those contractors, including that the developmental profiles specified above be completed in accordance with the provider’s observations, conducting site visits, and offering training and technical assistance, as specified.

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This bill would deletebegin delete this law.end deletebegin insert a provision specifying that the provisions relating to family child care home education networks do not impose any new requirements on a family child care home education network or require any increase in reimbursement rates.end insert

The bill wouldbegin delete require a provider in aend deletebegin insert also impose various duties onend insert family child care home education networkbegin insert providers, including requiring those providersend insert to adopt and use a curriculumbegin delete 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 providingend deletebegin insert and to provideend insert 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:

3

8245.  

(a) The Superintendent, with funds appropriated for this
4purpose, shall contract withbegin delete contractingend deletebegin insert authorizedend insert entities to
5operate family child care home education networks that support
6educational objectives for children in licensed family child care
7homes that serve 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.

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16(5) Nutrition.

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17
(5) Nutrition education and training.

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18(6) Training and support for the family child care home
19education network’s family home providers and staff.

20(7) Assessment of each family child care home provider to
21ensure that services are of high quality and are educationally and
22developmentally appropriate. Tools used to make an assessment
23shall be appropriate to family child care home settings.

24(8) Developmental profiles for children enrolled in the program.

25(9) Maintenance of a folder, known as a developmental portfolio,
26for each child that includes, among other items, a child’s work
27product and observations of thebegin delete child by the provider, the child
28development specialist, or both.end delete
begin insert child.end insert

29(10) begin deleteParent end deletebegin insertOpportunities for parent end insertinvolvement.

30

SEC. 2.  

Section 8246 of the Education Code is amended to
31read:

32

8246.  

begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert A family child care home education network
33contractor, in addition to the requirements set forth in subdivision
34(b) of Section 8245, shall do all of the following:

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22 35(a)

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36begin insert(1)end insert Recruit, enroll, and certify eligible families.

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23 37(b)

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P4    1begin insert(2)end insert Recruit, train, support, and reimburse licensed family home
2providers.

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25 3(c)

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4begin insert(3)end insertbegin deleteCollect end deletebegin insertEnsure collection of end insertfamily fees in accordance with
5contract requirements.

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26 6(d)

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7begin insert(4)end insert Assess, according to standards set by the department, the
8educational quality of the program offered in each family child
9care home in the network using assessment tools that are
10appropriate to family child care home settings.

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30 11(e)

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12begin insert(5)end insertbegin deleteEnsure that end deletebegin insertComplete end inserta developmental profilebegin delete is completedend delete
13 for each child based upon observations of network staff,begin insert andend insert in
14begin delete collaborationend deletebegin insert accordanceend insert with thebegin delete provider,end deletebegin insert provider’s
15observations,end insert
by doing at leastbegin delete allend deletebegin insert bothend insert of the following:

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33 16(1)

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17begin insert(A)end insertbegin deleteCollaboratively end deletebegin insertIn consultation with the provider, end insertcompleting
18the developmental child assessment profile selected by the
19department. The contractor’s child development specialist shall
20sign the developmental profile.

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36 21(2)

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22begin insert(B)end insert Utilizing the developmental portfolio, as described in
23paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245, maintained by
24the provider, including provider observations of each child.

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P4   1 25(3) Conducting

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26begin insert(6)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertConductend insert a parent surveybegin delete concerning his or her child’s
27developmental progressend delete
as directed by thebegin delete department and
28incorporate it into the developmental profile.end delete
begin insert department.end insert

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4 29(f)

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30begin insert(7)end insert Ensure that parent conferences are offered to the parent of
31each enrolled child. The parent may decline a parent conference.

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32(g) Monitor requirements, including quality standards, and
33conduct periodic assessments of program quality in each family
34child care home affiliated with the network.

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

end delete
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36
(8) Monitor each family child care home affiliated with the
37network to ensure that requirements are met, including, but not
38limited to, basic health, nutrition, and quality standards.

end insert
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10 39(i)

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P5    1begin insert(9)end insert Provide data and reporting in accordance with contract
2requirements.

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12 3(j)

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4begin insert(10)end insert Conductbegin delete a minimum of nineend deletebegin insert no less than sixend insert site visits to
5each affiliated provider in abegin delete calendarend deletebegin insert programend insert year for purposes
6of conducting assessments and providing technical assistance,
7training, and support.

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15 8(k)

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9begin insert(11)end insert Support the affiliated providers in meeting the standards
10for program quality by reviewing, observing, and assessing the
11providers’ program components, and providing technical assistance,
12training, and coaching.

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19 13(l)

end delete

14begin insert(12)end insert Offer providers at least 12 hoursbegin insert annuallyend insert of training and
15technical assistance in group or individual settings.begin delete Trainingsend delete
16begin insert Trainingend insert may include, butbegin delete areend deletebegin insert isend insert not limited to, the following:

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22 17(1)

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18begin insert(A)end insert Age and developmentally appropriate educational practices
19and activities for children.

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24 20(2)

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21begin insert(B)end insert Appropriate care and supervision of children.

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22(3) Parenting and parent involvement in the development of
23children.

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24
(C) Engaging parents in the program and providing parenting
25information on age-appropriate child development and activities.

end insert
begin delete

27 26(4)

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27begin insert(D)end insert Menu planning and nutritionbegin delete information, unless this is
28provided by a United States Department of Food and
29Agriculture-funded program.end delete
begin insert information.end insert

begin delete

30 30(5)

end delete

31begin insert(E)end insert Provider and family communication.

begin delete

31 32(6)

end delete

33begin insert(F)end insert Understanding the developmental measures of the
34developmental profile child assessment instrument.

begin delete

33 35(7)

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36begin insert(G)end insert Individualizing the provider’s program to meet the needs
37of each child in the provider’s care by using the results of the
38developmental profile.

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P5   11 39(m)

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P6    1begin insert(13)end insert Employ at least one child developmentbegin delete specialist, who shall
2haveend delete
begin insert specialist who hasend insert educational qualifications equivalent to a
3child development teacher permit, to provide training, technical
4assistance, and coaching to providers. Notwithstanding any other
5law, family child care home education networkbegin delete contractorsend delete
6begin insert providersend insert shall not be required to employ individuals with child
7development teacher permits.

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18 8(n)

end delete

9begin insert(14)end insert Maintain a signed, written agreement with each affiliated
10provider and an authorized representative of the family child care
11home education network. The agreement shall include, but not be
12limited to, all of the following:

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22 13(1)

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14begin insert(A)end insert The provider’s status as an independent contractor with the
15family child care home education network.

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24 16(2)

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17begin insert(B)end insert The provider’s nondiscrimination policy.

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25 18(3)

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19begin insert(C)end insert The established reimbursement rates.

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(b) A family child care home education network contractor is
21not required to maintain a parent advisory committee.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 8247 of the Education Code is repealed.

23

SEC. 4.  

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

24

8247.  

(a) A provider in a family child care home education
25network shall adopt and use a curriculum or curricula, of the
26provider’s choosing, appropriate for the age range of children in
27the home.

28(b) In order to ensure educational quality for children, the
29contractor may adopt a policy limiting the curricula acceptable
30within its network. The policy shall include not less than three
31curricula, and the contractor may approvebegin delete provider developedend delete
32begin insert provider-developedend insert curricula if they are educational and appropriate
33for the age ranges of children in the homes.

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SEC. 5.  

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

35

8248.  

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

36(1) Provide age and developmentally appropriate educational
37activities for children.

38(2) Provide care and supervision of children.

39(3) Provide parenting education to parents. Parenting education
40may include, but is not limited to, general program information
P7    1and formal or informal parent conferences and exchange of
2information about the development, needs, and skills of the parents’
3 child or children.

4(4) Identify child and family social service or health needs, and
5share those needs with the contractor.

6(5) Provide nutrition that is consistent with standards of the
7Child and Adult Care Food Program of the United States
8Department of Agriculture.

9(6) begin deleteCollaborate end deletebegin insertWork in consultation end insertwith the contractorbegin delete in
10completion ofend delete
begin insert to completeend insert the developmental profile for each child,
11including doing all of the following:

12(A) begin deleteCollaborating in completion of end deletebegin insertIn consultation with the
13contractor, complete end insert
the developmental profile child assessment
14instrument.

15(B) begin deleteMaintaining end deletebegin insertMaintain end inserta developmental portfolio, as
16described in paragraph (9) of subdivision (b) of Section 8245, for
17each child that includes items produced by the child. A copy of
18this portfolio shall be shared with the family child care home
19 education network contractor for purposes of department review.

20(C) begin deleteMaintaining end deletebegin insertMaintain end insertobservationsbegin delete of the child,end delete and other
21documentation of the child’s skills.

22(D) begin deleteConducting or participating end deletebegin insertConduct or participate end insertin parent
23begin delete conferences,end deletebegin insert conferencesend insert per contractor policies.

24(7) Provide the contractor with copies of all citations issued to
25the provider by the Community Care Licensing Division of the
26State Department of Social Services within five calendar days of
27the issuing date of the citation.

28(8) Obtain no less than 12 hours of professional training per
29year, and maintain documentation of the training for three years.
30Training may include group or individual training provided by the
31contractor, or training provided by other qualified individuals or
32organizations.

33(b) A provider may, but is not required to, encourage parent
34involvement in the provider’sbegin delete homeend deletebegin insert family child careend insert program.

35(c) A provider is not required to maintain a parent advisory
36
begin delete committee, as required by center contractors.end deletebegin insert committee.end insert



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