CHAPTER 184c

OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

Table of Contents

Sec. 10-514. Creation of document re developmental milestones. Posting of ­document.

Sec. 10-520. Trend analysis of certain bachelor's degree programs in early childhood education or child development.

Sec. 10-520a. Report re staff qualifications requirement compliance.

Sec. 10-520c. Approval to work as head teacher or educational consultant. Suspension or revocation of approval.

Sec. 10-530. Comprehensive background checks.

Sec. 10-531. Proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule.


Sec. 10-514. Creation of document re developmental milestones. Posting of ­document. (a) Not later than January 1, 2020, the Office of Early Childhood shall create a one-page document that (1) lists important developmental milestones experienced by children ages birth to five years, and (2) contains notice that any parent or guardian who is concerned that such parent or guardian's child has not met one or more such developmental milestones may access the Office of Early Childhood Child Development Infoline for information concerning appropriate services. The office shall make such document available on its Internet web site.

(b) On and after February 1, 2020, each operator of a child care center, group child care home or family child care home, as described in section 19a-77, shall post a copy of the document developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section in a conspicuous place on the premises of such child care center, group child care home or family child care home.

(P.A. 19-106, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 19-106 effective July 1, 2019.

Sec. 10-520. Trend analysis of certain bachelor's degree programs in early childhood education or child development. Section 10-520 is repealed, effective July 12, 2019.

(P.A. 15-134, S. 1; P.A. 16-163, S. 17; P.A. 19-34, S. 2; 19-121, S. 15.)

Sec. 10-520a. Report re staff qualifications requirement compliance. Not later than January first, annually, the Office of Early Childhood shall submit a report regarding the status of school readiness program providers' compliance with the staff qualifications requirement, described in subsection (b) of section 10-16p, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

(P.A. 15-134, S. 5; P.A. 19-121, S. 8.)

History: P.A. 15-134 effective July 1, 2015; P.A. 19-121 replaced “July” with “January”, effective July 12, 2019.

Sec. 10-520c. Approval to work as head teacher or educational consultant. Suspension or revocation of approval. (a) Upon receipt of an application for approval to work as a head teacher or an educational consultant in a licensed child care center or group child care home, the Commissioner of Early Childhood shall issue such approval to any person who satisfies the requirements established by regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-79.

(b) Whenever the Commissioner of Early Childhood has reason to believe that any person who has been issued an approval to work as a head teacher or an educational consultant in a licensed child care center or group child care home, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, (1) has failed substantially to comply with the regulations adopted pursuant to section 19a-79, (2) has knowingly made or causes to be made any false or misleading statements to the Office of Early Childhood, or (3) has engaged in any other behavior that renders the person unsuitable to so work as a head teacher or an educational consultant, the commissioner may notify such person in writing of the commissioner's intention to suspend or revoke such approval. Such notice shall be served by certified mail stating the particular reasons for the intended suspension or revocation. Such person may, if aggrieved by such intended suspension or revocation, make application for a hearing in writing over such person's signature to the commissioner. Such person shall state in the application in plain language the reasons why such person claims to be aggrieved. The application shall be delivered to the commissioner not later than thirty days after such person's receipt of notification of the intended suspension or revocation. The commissioner shall thereupon hold a hearing or cause a hearing to be held not later than sixty days after receipt of such application and shall, at least ten days prior to the date of such hearing, mail a notice, giving the time and place of the hearing, to such person. The hearing may be conducted by the commissioner or by a hearing officer appointed by the commissioner in writing. Such person and the commissioner or hearing officer may issue subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses. Such person shall be entitled to be represented by counsel and a transcript of the hearing shall be made. If the hearing is conducted by a hearing officer, the hearing officer shall state the hearing officer's findings and make a recommendation to the commissioner on the issue of suspension or revocation. The commissioner, based upon the findings and recommendation of the hearing officer, or after a hearing conducted by the commissioner, shall render the commissioner's decision in writing suspending, revoking or continuing such approval. A copy of the decision shall be sent by certified mail to such person. The decision suspending or revoking such approval shall become effective thirty days after it is mailed by registered or certified mail to such person. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the commissioner may appeal as provided in section 19a-85. Any person whose approval has been revoked pursuant to this subsection shall be ineligible to apply for an approval for a period of one year from the effective date of revocation.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the denial of an initial application for an approval to work as a head teacher or an educational consultant in a licensed child care center or group child care home, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, provided the commissioner shall notify the applicant of any such denial and the reasons for such denial by mailing written notice to the applicant at the applicant's address shown on the application for such approval.

(P.A. 19-121, S. 13.)

History: P.A. 19-121 effective July 1, 2019.

Sec. 10-530. Comprehensive background checks. (a) As used in this section:

(1) “Child care facility” means a “child care center”, “group child care home” or “family child care home” that provides “child care services”, each as described in section 19a-77, or any provider of child care services under the child care subsidy program established pursuant to section 17b-749;

(2) “Child care services provider or staff member” means any person who is (A) a licensee, employee, volunteer or alternate staff, assistant, substitute or household member of a child care facility, (B) a family child care provider, or (C) any other person who provides child care services under the child care subsidy program established pursuant to section 17b-749 but does not include a person who is providing child care services under the child care subsidy program (i) exclusively to children with whom such person is related, and (ii) without being issued a license to provide child care services by the Office of Early Childhood; and

(3) “Family child care provider” means any person who provides child care services under the child care subsidy program established pursuant to section 17b-749 (A) in a family child care home, as defined in section 19a-77, or (B) in a home not requiring a license pursuant to subdivision (4) of subsection (b) of section 19a-77.

(b) The comprehensive background checks required pursuant to subsection (c) of section 19a-80, subsection (c) of section 19a-87b, and subsection (a) of section 17b-749k, shall be conducted at least once every five years for each child care services provider or staff member in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR 98.43, as amended from time to time.

(c) Any person who applies for a position at a child care facility in the state shall not be required to submit to such comprehensive background checks if such person (1) is an employee of a child care facility in the state, or has not been separated from employment as a child care services provider or staff member in the state for a period of more than one hundred eighty days, and (2) has successfully completed such comprehensive background checks in the previous five years. Nothing in this section prohibits the Commissioner of Early Childhood from requiring that a person applying for a position as a child care services provider or staff member submit to comprehensive background checks more than once during a five-year period.

(June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 177; P.A. 19-121, S. 4.)

History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 effective October 31, 2017; P.A. 19-121 added Subsec. (a) re definitions of “child care facility”, “child care services provider or staff member” and “family child care provider”, designated existing provision re comprehensive background check to be conducted at least once every 5 years as Subsec. (b) and amended same to add “for each child care services provider or staff member in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR 98.43, as amended from time to time”, designated existing provision re persons not required to submit to comprehensive background checks as Subsec. (c) and amended same to replace “was previously an employee of a child care facility in the state during the previous one hundred eighty days” with “has not been separated from employment as a child care services provider or staff member in the state for a period of more than one hundred eighty days” in Subdiv. (1), replace “an employee or prospective employee of a child care facility to” with “a person applying for a position as a child care services provider or staff member” in Subdiv. (2), and delete former definition re “child care facility”, effective July 1, 2019.

Sec. 10-531. Proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule. (a) As used in this section:

(1) “Early childhood education program” means any child care or school readiness program that accepts state funds for infant, toddler and preschool spaces associated with such program;

(2) “Employee” means any person who is employed by an early childhood education program and meets the applicable staff qualifications requirement, as defined in section 10-16p;

(3) “Compensation” means the salary, wages, benefits and other forms of valuable consideration earned by and provided to an employee in remuneration for services rendered; and

(4) “Compensation schedule” means a list or lists specifying a series of compensation steps and ranges.

(b) The Office of Early Childhood shall establish, after notice and opportunity for public comment, a proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule for employees of early childhood education programs.

(c) (1) The office shall consider the following factors in developing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule: (A) Level of education, (B) training in early childhood education or child development, (C) relevant employment experience, including the number of years an individual has been employed in an early childhood education program, (D) compensation levels for certified teachers employed in a preschool program operated by a local or regional board of education or regional educational service center, and (E) cost of living in the state.

(2) In developing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, the office may (A) consider the findings and recommendations provided in “A Plan to Assist Early Education State Funded Providers to Degree Attainment and Increased Compensation” created by the office, pursuant to section 4 of public act 15-134*, to create a standardized salary scale and incentive package for early childhood educators, (B) utilize state and federal funding, and (C) examine existing programs that address early childhood educator compensation and staff retention through financial incentives, such as bonuses for degree or course completion.

(3) The office shall establish a recommended minimum salary for employees as part of the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule.

(d) Not later than January 1, 2021, the office shall submit the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule and a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a. Such report shall include: (1) Any recommendations for legislation relating to state-wide implementation of the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, (2) an estimate of the cost of implementing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule state-wide, (3) an analysis of the effect of the state-wide implementation of the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule on the number of available preschool seats, and (4) an explanation of how the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule will be included in any quality rating and improvement system developed by the office, pursuant to subdivision (15) of subsection (b) of section 10-500.

(P.A. 19-61, S. 1.)

*Note: Section 4 of public act 15-134 is special in nature and therefore has not been codified but remains in full force and effect according to its terms.

History: P.A. 19-61 effective July 1, 2019.