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  1  1    Section 1.  NEW SECTION.  237A.30  CHILD DAY CARE QUALITY
  1  2 RATING SYSTEM.
  1  3    1.  The department shall develop a three-tiered quality
  1  4 rating system applicable to child day care facilities that
  1  5 receive public funding.  The highest quality rating given to
  1  6 qualified child day care facilities shall be the gold seal
  1  7 quality care rating designation in accordance with standards
  1  8 developed pursuant to this section.
  1  9    2.  a.  In developing the quality rating standards for the
  1 10 three-tiered system, the department of human services shall
  1 11 consult with the department of education, the state child day
  1 12 care advisory council, the Iowa head start directors
  1 13 association, and parents utilizing child day care facilities.
  1 14    b.  The quality rating standards shall incorporate any
  1 15 accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting
  1 16 association whose requirements substantially meet or exceed
  1 17 the requirements established by the national association for
  1 18 the education of young children, the national association of
  1 19 family child care, or the national early childhood program
  1 20 accreditation commission.  The quality rating standards shall
  1 21 provide that a child day care facility which holds such an
  1 22 accreditation is eligible to receive the designation to
  1 23 operate as a gold seal child day care facility.
  1 24    3.  Subject to an appropriation made for this purpose, the
  1 25 department shall provide additional reimbursement to those
  1 26 child day care facilities which hold the gold seal quality
  1 27 care designation in accordance with this section.
  1 28    4.  In April of each year during the week of national
  1 29 recognition of young children, the governor shall annually
  1 30 recognize those child day care facilities which hold the gold
  1 31 seal quality care designation.  
  1 32                           EXPLANATION
  1 33    This bill relates to child day care by creating a quality
  1 34 rating system for publicly funded child day care facilities.
  1 35    The department of human services is directed to establish a
  2  1 three-tiered quality rating system for child day care
  2  2 facilities.  By definition in Code chapter 237A, child day
  2  3 care facilities include child care centers, group day care
  2  4 homes, and registered family day care homes.  The highest
  2  5 rating to be given to the facilities is the gold seal quality
  2  6 care designation.
  2  7    The department is to consult with the department of
  2  8 education, the state child day care advisory council, the Iowa
  2  9 head start directors association, and parents who utilize
  2 10 child day care services in developing the quality rating
  2 11 system.
  2 12    Under the bill, a child day care facility which holds an
  2 13 accreditation by a nationally recognized accrediting
  2 14 association whose standards substantially meet or exceed those
  2 15 established by various national child day care standards
  2 16 organizations listed in the bill is automatically eligible for
  2 17 the gold seal designation.
  2 18    If funds are appropriated for this purpose, the department
  2 19 is to provide additional reimbursement to child day care
  2 20 facilities holding the gold seal quality care designation.
  2 21    The bill requires the governor to annually recognize those
  2 22 facilities which hold the gold seal designation.  The
  2 23 recognition is to be provided during the national week of
  2 24 recognition for young children in April of each year.  
  2 25 LSB 3718SS 77
  2 26 jp/cf/24
     

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