senate Bill S5250A

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
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • 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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7898A
Versions:
S5250
S5250A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Children And Families
Law Section:
Children

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BILL NUMBER:S5250A

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) 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 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 child 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 to parents and guardians on a regional
basis;

* Identify childcare access needs statewide and regionally for parents
working nontraditional hours, such as night and swing shifts;

* 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, within one year of this act becoming law, 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 and repeal of such act after
the report required under this act had been completed and filed.

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, increasing
the availability of 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 one year after it shall have become law
after such study has been issued.

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

                                 5250--A

                       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  -- reported favorably from said committee and
  committed to the Committee on Finance --  committee  discharged,  bill
  amended,  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
  tee

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 shall examine,
evaluate and make recommendations concerning  the  availability  of  day
care  for children in the state. Such office shall pay particular atten-
tion to the impact of the lack   of necessary child day  care  upon  the
ability  of  women in poverty and those in working families to enter the
labor force. The office of children and family services shall direct its
attention to:
  (a) establishing an inventory of child day care for  working  families
and those at or near poverty;
  (b)  geographically  identifying  child  day  care shortage areas on a
regional basis and projections of the future demand for child  day  care
based  on  the  regional  birth  rates, employment and population growth
rates;
  (c) comparing on a statewide and regional basis, the demand for  child
day  care services over the succeeding five years, including whether the
projected growth rate in the child day care industry will be  sufficient
to meet such future needs;

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10807-03-3

S. 5250--A                          2

  (d)  assessing the cost to parents and guardians of day care for chil-
dren on a regional basis, including the availability of government funds
for parents and guardians toward child care costs;
  (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;
  (f) identifying policies that would encourage  the  establishment  and
operation  of  more  child  day care center providers and increasing the
capacity of existing child day care providers;
  (g) identifying policies that would encourage and facilitate expansion
of quality child day care services by neighbors and in communities where
the working poor live and/or work; and
  (h) identifying and quantifying those factors that contribute to qual-
ity child day care, are used to identify child day  care  providers  who
are   committing  violations,  how  such  violations  are  addressed  or
prevented, and procedures for establishing quality  child  day  care  in
those communities with the greatest needs.
  S  2. The office of children and family services may request and shall
receive any available information from state agencies that  is  relevant
and material to the study required by section one of this act.
  S  3.  Within  twelve  months  of  the effective date of this act, 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 findings, 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 avail-
able  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 one year after it shall take effect.

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