CHAPTER 319rr
CHILD CARE

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Sec. 17b-735. (Formerly Sec. 17-593). Bonds for grants for child care facilities.
Sec. 17b-749c. Supplemental quality enhancement grant program.
Sec. 17b-749k. Criminal history records checks and child abuse registry checks for purposes of child care subsidy program. Refusal to provide payments.

      Sec. 17b-735. (Formerly Sec. 17-593). Bonds for grants for child care facilities. (a) For the purposes described in section 17b-734 and for the payment of any administrative expenses of the Department of Social Services related thereto the State Bond Commission shall have the power, from time to time, to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and principal amounts not exceeding in the aggregate six million twenty-four thousand seven hundred ninety-eight dollars, provided one million dollars of said authorization shall be effective July 1, 2000.

      (b) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of sections 17b-734 to 17b-736, inclusive, are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to said sections, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. None of said bonds shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by or on behalf of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and states such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion, may require. Said bonds issued pursuant to sections 17b-734 to 17b-736, inclusive, shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on said bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of said bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (P.A. 84-443, S. 15, 20; P.A. 85-558, S. 12, 17; P.A. 86-396, S. 17, 25; P.A. 87-405, S. 16, 26; P.A. 88-343, S. 10, 32; P.A. 89-331, S. 17, 30; P.A. 90-297, S. 8, 24; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7, S. 11, 36; P.A. 93-262, S. 1, 87; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1, S. 24, 45; P.A. 99-241, S. 11, 66; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 8.)

      History: P.A. 85-558 increased the bond authorization limit from three hundred fifty thousand dollars to four hundred fifty thousand dollars; P.A. 86-396 increased bond authorization from four hundred fifty thousand dollars to nine hundred fifty thousand dollars; P.A. 87-405 increased the bond authorization from nine hundred fifty thousand dollars to one million three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars; P.A. 88-343 increased the bond authorization from one million three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars to three million three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars; P.A. 89-331 increased the bond authorization from three million three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars to four million three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars; P.A. 90-297 decreased the bond authorization from four million three hundred twenty-five thousand dollars to four million two hundred seventy-five thousand dollars; Sec. 17-31y transferred to Sec. 17-593 in 1991; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7 amended Subsec. (a) to increase the bond authorization from four million two hundred seventy-five thousand dollars to five million two hundred seventy-five thousand dollars and amended Subsec. (b) to provide for the signing of the request for authorization by the secretary of the office of policy and management rather than the commissioner of human resources; P.A. 93-262 authorized substitution of commissioner and department of social services for commissioner and department of human resources, effective July 1, 1993; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 93-1 amended Subsec. (a) to increase bond authorization from five million two hundred seventy-five thousand dollars, to five million seven hundred seventy-five thousand dollars, effective July 1, 1993; Sec. 17-593 transferred to Sec. 17b-735 in 1995; P.A. 99-241 amended Subsec. (a) to increase authorization from $5,775,000 to $7,775,000, effective July 1, 1999, provided $1,000,000 is effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 amended Subsec. (a) to decrease the aggregate authorization from $7,775,000 to $6,024,798, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 17b-749c. Supplemental quality enhancement grant program. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Education, shall establish a program, within available appropriations, to provide, on a competitive basis, supplemental quality enhancement grants to providers of child day care services or providers of school readiness programs pursuant to section 10-16p and section 10-16u. Child day care providers and school readiness programs may apply for a supplemental quality enhancement grant at such time and on such form as the Commissioner of Social Services prescribes.

      (b) Priority for such grants shall be given to programs that are: (1) Included in a local school readiness plan; (2) full-day, year-round programs; and (3) accredited, as defined in subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of section 10-16p.

      (c) The grants shall be used to:

      (1) Help providers who are not accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to obtain such accreditation;

      (2) Help directors and administrators to obtain training;

      (3) Provide comprehensive services, such as enhanced access to health care, a health consultant, a mental health consultant, nutrition, family support services, parent education, literacy and parental involvement, and community and home outreach programs; and provide information concerning access when needed to a speech and language therapist;

      (4) Purchase educational equipment;

      (5) Provide scholarships for training to obtain a credential in early childhood education or child development;

      (6) Provide training for persons who are mentor teachers, as defined in federal regulations for the Head Start program, and provide a family service coordinator or a family service worker as such positions are defined in such federal regulations;

      (7) Repair fire, health and safety problems in existing facilities and conduct minor remodeling to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; train child care providers on injury and illness prevention; and achieve compliance with national safety standards;

      (8) Create a supportive network with family day care homes and other providers of care for children;

      (9) Provide for educational consultation and staff development;

      (10) Provide for program quality assurance personnel;

      (11) Provide technical assistance services to enable providers to develop child care facilities pursuant to sections 17b-749g, 17b-749h and 17b-749i;

      (12) Establish a single point of entry system;

      (13) Provide services that enhance the quality of programs to maximize the health, safety and learning of children from birth to three years of age, inclusive, including, but not limited to, those children served by informal child care arrangements. Such grants may be used for the improvement of staff to child ratios and interaction, initiatives to promote staff retention, preliteracy development, parent involvement, curriculum content and lesson plans.

      (P.A. 97-259, S. 7, 41; P.A. 99-230, S. 7, 10; P.A. 00-187, S. 6, 12, 75; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1, S. 16, 54; P.A. 05-245, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 97-259 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-230 amended Subsec. (c) to add Subdivs. (8) to (10), inclusive, re educational consultation and staff development, program quality assurance personnel and technical assistance, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 00-187 amended Subsec. (a) to add reference to Sec. 10-16u and amended Subsec. (c) to add Subdiv. (11) re single point of entry system, effective July 1, 2000; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-1 amended Subsec. (c) to renumber existing Subdivs. (2) to (11) as Subdivs. (3) to (12), to add new Subdiv. (2) re training, in Subdiv. (3) to add provisions re health consultant and information on access to a speech and language specialist, and in Subdiv. (7) to add provisions re training on injury and illness prevention and achieving compliance with national safety standards, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 05-245 amended Subsec. (c) by adding "a mental health consultant" in Subdiv. (3), by replacing language re associate certificate with language re credential in Subdiv. (5), by adding language re other providers of care in Subdiv. (8) and by adding new Subdiv. (13) re services to enhance quality of programs, effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 17b-749k. Criminal history records checks and child abuse registry checks for purposes of child care subsidy program. Refusal to provide payments. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall, within available appropriations, require any person, other than a relative, providing child care services to a child in the child's home who receives a child care subsidy from the Department of Social Services to submit to state and national criminal history records checks. The criminal history records checks required pursuant to this subsection shall be conducted in accordance with section 29-17a. The commissioner shall also request a check of the state child abuse registry established pursuant to section 17a-101k.

      (b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall have the discretion to refuse payments for child care under any financial assistance program administered by him if the person providing such child care has been convicted in this state or any other state of a felony, as defined in section 53a-25, involving the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against another person, of cruelty to persons under section 53-20, injury or risk of injury to or impairing morals of children under section 53-21, abandonment of children under the age of six years under section 53-23 or any felony where the victim of the felony is a child under eighteen years of age, or of a violation of section 53a-70, 53a-70a, 53a-70b, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b or 53a-73a, or has a criminal record or was the subject of a substantiated report of child abuse in this state or any other state that the commissioner reasonably believes renders the person unsuitable to provide child care.

      (P.A. 97-259, S. 38, 41; P.A. 01-175, S. 11, 32; P.A. 03-243, S. 9; P.A. 05-207, S. 7.)

      History: P.A. 97-259 effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 01-175 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing language re criminal records checks as a permissive request with language re mandatory state and national criminal history records checks pursuant to Sec. 29-17a, deleting language re fee and making technical changes, effective July 1, 2001; P.A. 03-243 amended Subsec. (a) by adding "for perpetrator information"; P.A. 05-207 amended Subsec. (a) to delete requirement that commissioner check state child abuse registry for perpetrator information.

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