senate Bill S5250

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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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  • 15 / May / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 29 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 06 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 06 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 5250A
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1289
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 20 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • 28 / Apr / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.947
  • 29 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 02 / Jun / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
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    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

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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Bill Details

Versions:
S5250
S5250A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Children And Families
Law Section:
Children

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BILL NUMBER:S5250

TITLE OF BILL: 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 expiration thereof

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this bill is to have the Office of Children and Family
Services (OCFS), in consultation with the Department of Labor,
examine, evaluate and make recommendations concerning the availability
of day care for children in this State. OCFS shall review with
particular care on the impact of the lack of access to necessary day
care services on the ability of women in or near poverty to enter into
the workforce.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 adds a new section to direct the Office of Children and
Family Services to conduct a study that includes an evaluation and
recommendations for the availability of child care services in New
York State. OCFS shall consult with the Department of Labor.
Additionally, OCFS shall review the impact of the lack of childcare
upon women in poverty trying to enter the workforce.

Specifically, this section directs OCFS, when conducting this study,
to:

*Establish an inventory of affordable daycare for working families and
those in or near poverty;
*Identify geographic shortage areas, taking in to account provider
waiting lists, and calculate projections of daycare needs based on
regional birth rates, employment rates and population growth;
*Compare, on a statewide and regional basis, the current demand for
daycare as well as its need over the next five years, analyzing
whether the current projected growth rate of providers is sufficient
to meet the need;
*Assess the cost of daycare on a regional basis;
*Identify childcare access needs statewide and regionally for parents
working nontraditional hours, such as night and swing shifts;
*Identify transportation concerns and needs of working parents needing
childcare;
*Identify policies that would encourage establishment and operation of
childcare providers near mass transit hubs;
*Identify policies that would increase the number and capacity of
childcare providers;
*Identify policies that would increase the number of childcare
providers in neighborhoods and communities where low-income families
live or work; and
* Identify and quantify factors that contribute to a quality day care
and are used to identify violations by day care providers, and
procedures for establishing quality child care in those communities
with the greatest need.


Section 2 authorizes OCFS to request and receive any additional
information from any state agency it deems relevant and material to
the study.

Section 3 directs the Commissioner to submit a report to the Governor
and Legislature, on or before May 1, 2014, on the study's findings,
conclusions and recommendations. The Commissioner shall also submit
proposed legislation to implement the recommendations. The report is
to be made publicly available on the OCFS website.

Section 4 provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Lack of access to affordable, quality childcare is a major impediment
for women who would like to enter and stay in the workforce. According
to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 4.3 million working
women in New York State. Of those, 1.2 million are working mothers.
However, there have only been about 19,000 licensed providers across
the state over the last decade, according to the Office of Children
and Family Services. Parents, who are unable to afford licensed day
care providers or programs, are sometimes forced to choose between
placing their children with less reliable options or leaving them home
alone. Some parents are forced to reduce work hours or quit jobs
altogether to remain home and care for their children.

This study is an important step in quantifying the existing need in
New York State by region. It not only looks at the number of
providers, but also the cost, quality, transportation barriers in
getting to and from work, home and the provider, and the hours served
Only about 1,600 day care centers provide overnight and other
nontraditional hours of care. The latter are especially important to
working mothers, as they often need to work such shifts to provide for
their families. These women desperately need child care assistance, as
they make up a majority of families in poverty.

Of all the economic empowerment building blocks for women, quality
affordable child care is one of the most vital. According to the
Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, lack of affordable
child care is the number one reason why women are not able to choose a
different career path that can include or lead to higher paying
careers in industries such as the building trades and other expanding
industries.

This legislation is fundamentally needed for the economic security and
empowerment of working women and low-income families.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:


This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be deemed
repealed May 3, 2014.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5250

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 15, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. CARLUCCI, KLEIN, SAVINO, VALESKY -- 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:

  Section 1. The office of children and family services, in consultation
with the department of labor, shall examine, evaluate and make recommen-
dations concerning the availability of day  care  for  children  in  the
state.  Such  office shall pay particular attention to the impact of the
lack  of necessary day care upon the ability of  women  in  poverty  and
those  in working families to enter the labor force. The office of chil-
dren and family services shall direct its attention to:
  (a) establishing an inventory of affordable day care for working fami-
lies and those in or near poverty;
  (b) geographically identifying day care shortage areas on  a  regional
basis  and  projections  of  the future demand for day care based on the
regional birth rates, employment and population growth rates;
  (c) comparing on a statewide and regional basis, the  demand  for  day
care  services  over  the  succeeding  5  years,  including  whether the
projected growth rate in the day care industry  will  be  sufficient  to
meet such future needs;
  (d) assessing the cost of day care for children on a regional basis;
  (e)  identifying  nontraditional child care needs within the state and
regionally for parents who work other than a  9:00  A.M.  to  5:00  P.M.
shift  or  part-time,  including  those  who  work night shifts or swing
shifts, and those parents who require early drop off and/or late pick up
services from their child care provider;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10807-02-3

S. 5250                             2

  (f) identifying the  transportation  concerns  and  needs  of  working
parents  and  those in or near poverty who need to utilize day care, and
identifying policies that would encourage the establishment  and  opera-
tion of day care providers near mass transportation hubs;
  (g)  identifying  policies  that would encourage the establishment and
operation of more child day care center  providers  and  increasing  the
capacity of existing day care providers;
  (h) identifying policies that would encourage and facilitate expansion
of  quality  day care services by neighbors and in communities where the
working poor live or work; and
  (i) identifying and quantifying those factors that contribute to qual-
ity child day care, are used to identify  day  care  providers  who  are
committing  violations,  how such violations are addressed or prevented,
and procedures for establishing quality child day care in those communi-
ties with the greatest needs.
  S 2. The office of children and family services may request and  shall
receive any information from state agencies that is relevant and materi-
al to the study required by section one of this act.
  S 3. On or before May 1, 2014, the commissioner of children and family
services shall submit a report, to the governor, the temporary president
of  the  senate, the speaker of the assembly, the minority leader of the
senate and the minority leader of the assembly, on  the  office's  find-
ings,  conclusions  and recommendations, and shall submit therewith such
legislative proposals as the office  of  children  and  family  services
shall  deem  necessary  to implement its recommendations.   In addition,
such office shall make such report available to the public and  post  it
on the internet website operated by the office.
  S  4.  This act shall take effect immediately, and shall expire and be
deemed repealed May 3, 2014.

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