General Assembly: 83 (2009 Regular GA) - Chapter 115 - Human services and child care — councils


Published: 2009-05-18

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CH. 115CH. 115

CHAPTER 115 HUMAN SERVICES AND CHILD CARE — COUNCILS

H.F. 562

AN ACT relating to the council on human services and the state child care advisory council.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 217.2, Code 2009, is amended to read as follows: 217.2 COUNCIL ON HUMAN SERVICES. 1. a. There is createdwithin the department of human services a council on human services

which shall act in a policy-making policymaking and advisory capacity on matters within the jurisdiction of the department. The council shall consist of seven voting members appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the senate. Appointments shall bemade on the ba- sis of interest in public affairs, good judgment, and knowledge and ability in the field of human services. Appointments shall be made to provide a diversity of interest and point of view in themembership and without regard to religious opinions or affiliations. Members The voting members of the council shall serve for six-year staggered terms. b. Each term of a voting member shall commence and end as provided by section 69.19. c. All votingmembers of the council shall be electors of the state of Iowa. Nomore than four

members shall belong to the same political party and no more than two members shall, at the time of appointment, reside in the same congressional district. At least one member of the council shall be a member of a county board of supervisors at the time of appointment to the council. Vacancies occurring during a term of office shall be filled in the samemanner as the original appointment for the balance of the unexpired term subject to confirmation by the sen- ate. 2. In addition to the votingmembers described in subsection 1, themembership of the coun-

cil shall include four legislators as ex officio, nonvoting members. The four legislators shall be appointed one each by the majority leader of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of thehouse of representatives, and theminority leader of thehouse of representa- tives for terms as provided in section 69.16B.

Sec. 2. Section 237A.21, subsections 1 and 2, Code 2009, are amended to read as follows: 1. a. A state child care advisory council is established consisting of notmore than thirty-five

voting members from urban and rural areas across the state. The membership shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following persons or representatives with an interest in child care: a licensed center provider, a registered child development home provider from a coun- ty with a population of less than twenty-two thousand, an unregistered a provider who is ex- empt from licensing or registration under this chapter or a family, friend, and neighbor child care homeprovider, a parent of a child in child care, staffmembers of appropriate governmen- tal agencies, and other members as deemed necessary by the director governor. The voting members are eligible for reimbursement of their actual andnecessary expenseswhile engaged in performance of their official duties. b. For the purposes of this subsection, “family, friend, and neighbor child care”means child

care, usually provided without cost and on a voluntary basis, by a family member, a friend, or a neighborwhose reason for providing that care is a strong existing personal relationshipwith a parent, guardian, or custodian and the parent’s, guardian’s, or custodian’s child or children. 2. Members Except as otherwise provided, the voting members shall be appointed by the

director governor from a list of names submitted by a nominating committee to consist of one member of the state council established pursuant to this section, one member of the depart- ment’s child care staff, three consumers of child care, and onemember of a professional child care organization. Two names shall be submitted for each appointment. Members The voting members shall be appointed for termsof three years but nomember shall be appointed tomore

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than two consecutive terms. The state council shall develop its ownoperational policieswhich are subject to departmental approval.

Sec. 3. Section 237A.21, subsection 3, unnumbered paragraph 1, Code 2009, is amended to read as follows: The votingmembership of the council shall be appointed in amanner so as to provide equita-

ble representation of persons with an interest in child care and shall include all of the follow- ing:

Sec. 4. Section 237A.21, subsection 3, paragraphm, Code 2009, is amended by striking the paragraph.

Sec. 5. Section 237A.21, subsection 3, Code 2009, is amended by adding the following new paragraphs: NEWPARAGRAPH. n. One person who is a business owner or executive officer. Notwith-

standing subsection 2, the nominees under this paragraph shall be submitted by the Iowa chamber of commerce executives. NEWPARAGRAPH. o. One designee of the community empowerment office of the depart-

ment of management. NEW PARAGRAPH. p. One person who is a member of the Iowa afterschool alliance. NEW PARAGRAPH. q. One person who is part of a local program implementing the state-

wide preschool program for four-year-old children under chapter 256C. NEWPARAGRAPH. r. One person who represents the early childhood Iowa council creat-

ed in section 135.173.

Sec. 6. Section 237A.21, Code 2009, is amended by adding the following new subsection: NEW SUBSECTION. 4. In addition to the voting members, the membership shall include

four legislators as ex officio, nonvoting members. The four legislators shall be appointed one each by the majority leader of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives for terms as provided in section 69.16B.

Sec. 7. Section 237A.22, Code 2009, is amended to read as follows: 237A.22 DUTIES OF STATE CHILD CARE ADVISORY COUNCIL AND DEPARTMENT. 1. The state child care advisory council shall advise and make recommendations to the de-

partment, governor, and general assembly concerning child care. In fulfilling this responsibil- ity the advisory council shall do all of the following: 1. a. Consult with the department andmake recommendations to the department concern-

ing policy issues relating to child care. 2. b. Advise the department concerning services relating to child care, including but not

limited to any of the following: a. (1) Resource and referral services. b. (2) Provider training. c. (3) Quality improvement. d. (4) Public-private partnerships. e. (5) Standards review and development. (6) The federal child care and development block grant, state funding, grants, and other

funding sources for child care. 3. c. Assist the department in developing an implementation plan to provide seamless ser-

vice to recipients of public assistance, which includes child care services. For the purposes of this subsection, “seamless service” means coordination, where possible, of the federal and state requirements which apply to child care. 4. d. Advise and provide technical services to the director of the department of education

or thedirector’s designee, upon request, relating to prekindergarten, kindergarten, andbefore and after school programming and facilities.

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e. Make recommendations concerning child care expansion programs that meet the needs of children attending a core education program by providing child care before and after the core program hours and during times when the core program does not operate. f. Make recommendations for improving collaborations between the child care programs

involving the department and programs supporting the education and development of young children including but not limited to the federal head start program, the statewide preschool program for four-year-old children and the early childhood, at-risk, and other early education programs administered by the department of education. g. Make recommendations for eliminating duplication and otherwise improving the eligi-

bility determination processes used for the state child care assistance program and other pro- grams supporting low-income families, including but not limited to the federal head start, earlyhead start, andevenstart programs, the early childhood, at-risk, andpreschool programs administered by the department of education, the family and self-sufficiency grant program, and the family investment program. h. Make recommendations as to the most effective and efficient means of managing the

state and federal funding available for the state child care assistance program. i. Review departmental program data concerning child care as deemed to be necessary by

the advisory council, although the department shall not provide personally identifiable data or information. j. Advise and assist the early childhood Iowa council in developing the strategic plan re-

quired pursuant to section 135.173. 2. The department shall provide information to the advisory council semiannually on all of

the following: a. Federal, state, local, and private revenues and expenditures for child care, including but

not limited to updates on the current and future status of the revenues and expenditures. b. Financial information and data relating to regulation of child care by the department and

the usage of the state child care assistance program. c. Utilization and availability data relating to child care regulation, quantity, and quality

from consumer and provider perspectives. d. Statistical anddemographic data regarding child care providers and the families utilizing

child care. e. Statistical data regarding the processing time for issuing notices of decision to state child

care assistance applicants and for issuing payments to child care providers. 3. The advisory council shall coordinate with the early childhood Iowa council in reporting

annually to the governor and general assembly in December concerning the status of child care in the state, providing findings, and making recommendations. The annual report may be personally presented to the general assembly’s standing committees on human resources by a representative of the advisory council.

Approved May 18, 2009