AB 765, as amended, Ridley-Thomas. Child care and development: reimbursement rates.
Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to implement a plan that establishes reasonable child care standards and assigned reimbursement rates, as provided. Existing law requires the standard reimbursement rate to be increased annually by a cost-of-living adjustment, as provided.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.end delete
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State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 8265 of the Education Code is amended to
(a) The Superintendent shall implement a plan that
5establishes reasonable standards and assigned reimbursement rates,
6which vary with the length of the program year and the hours of
8(1) Parent fees shall be used to pay reasonable and necessary
9costs for providing additional services.
10(2) When establishing standards and assigned reimbursement
11rates, the Superintendent shall confer with applicant agencies.
12(3) The reimbursement system, including standards and rates,
13shall be submitted to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
14(4) The Superintendent may establish any regulations he or she
15deems advisable concerning conditions of service and hours of
16enrollment for children in the programs.
17(b) The standard reimbursement rate shall be nine thousand
18twenty-four dollars and seventy-five cents ($9,024.75) per unit of
19average daily enrollment for a 250-day year, and commencing
20with the 2015-16 fiscal year, shall be increased by the
21cost-of-living adjustment granted by the Legislature annually
22pursuant to Section 42238.15.
P4 1(c) The plan shall require agencies having an assigned
2reimbursement rate above the current year standard reimbursement
3rate to reduce costs on an incremental basis to achieve the standard
5(d) The plan shall provide for adjusting reimbursement on a
6case-by-case basis, in order to maintain service levels for agencies
7currently at a rate less than the standard reimbursement rate.
8Assigned reimbursement rates shall be increased only on the basis
9of one or more of the following:
10(1) Loss of program resources from other sources.
11(2) Need of an agency to pay the same child care rates as those
12prevailing in the local community.
13(3) Increased costs directly attributable to new or different
15(4) (A) Documented increased costs necessary to maintain the
16prior year’s level of service and ensure the continuation of
18(B) Child care agencies funded at the lowest rates shall be given
19first priority for increases.
20(e) The plan shall provide for expansion of child development
21programs at no more than the standard reimbursement rate for that
23(f) The Superintendent may reduce the percentage of reduction
24for a public agency that satisfies any of the following:
25(1) Serves more than 400 children.
26(2) Has in effect a collective bargaining agreement.
27(3) Has other extenuating circumstances that apply, as
28determined by the Superintendent.