Bill Text: NY S00245 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended

Bill Title: Requires the office of children and family services to utilize a cost estimation model when determining the actual cost providers incur when providing child care and requires the office to prepare an annual report detailing such.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-03 - SUBSTITUTED BY A580 [S00245 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S00245-Amended.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2019
        Introduced  by  Sen. KENNEDY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and  Families  --
          committee  discharged,  bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and
          recommitted to said committee
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to  implementing  a
          cost estimation model for child care
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Subdivisions 5, 6, 7 and 8 of section 410-x of  the  social
     2  services  law are renumbered subdivisions 6, 7, 8 and 9 and a new subdi-
     3  vision 5 is added to read as follows:
     4    5. (a) For each group for which the  office  of  children  and  family
     5  services determines a separate payment rate pursuant to subdivision four
     6  of  this section, and at the same frequency, such office shall utilize a
     7  cost estimation model to determine the actual cost providers incur  when
     8  providing  child care. The cost estimation model shall identify and take
     9  into account cost drivers including but not limited to  employee  salary
    10  and  benefits,  enrollment  levels,  facility  costs and compliance with
    11  statutory and regulatory requirements.  Where a quality rating system or
    12  any quality indicators are being utilized,  the  cost  estimation  model
    13  shall  also  take  into  account  the cost of providing services at each
    14  level of quality.
    15    (b) In developing  such  model  the  office  of  children  and  family
    16  services  shall consult with stakeholders including, but not limited to,
    17  representatives of child care resource and referral agencies, child care
    18  providers and any state advisory  council  established  pursuant  to  42
    19  U.S.C.S. § 9831 et. seq., as amended. The cost estimation model shall be
    20  statistically  valid,  using  complete  and  current  data  and rigorous
    21  collection methods.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        S. 245--A                           2
     1    § 2. Section 410-z of the social services law, as added by section  52
     2  of  part  B  of  chapter  436 of the laws of 1997, is amended to read as
     3  follows:
     4    §  410-z.  Reporting  requirements.  1.  Each social services district
     5  shall collect and submit to the  [department]  office  of  children  and
     6  family  services,  in  such  form and at such times as  specified by the
     7  [department] office of children  and  family  services,  such  data  and
     8  information  regarding  child   care assistance provided under the block
     9  grant as the [department] office of children  and  family  services  may
    10  need to comply with federal reporting requirements.
    11    2.  The  office of children and family services shall prepare a report
    12  detailing the actual cost providers incur when providing child  care  in
    13  each  setting, as determined by the cost estimation model established in
    14  paragraph (a) of subdivision five of section four hundred ten-x of  this
    15  title.    The report shall detail cost data for each setting, age group,
    16  care provided to children with special needs, and any other grouping for
    17  which a separate cost estimation is conducted.  Such data shall include:
    18    (a) the level of quality care as determined by a quality rating system
    19  or any quality indicators utilized by the state;
    20    (b) a description of the major cost drivers for providing care; and
    21    (c) a comparison of the costs of child care for each grouping  to  the
    22  market  rate  determined  by  the office of children and family services
    23  pursuant to subdivision four of  section  four  hundred  ten-x  of  this
    24  title.
    25    The  report  shall  be  submitted  to the governor, the speaker of the
    26  assembly and the temporary president of the senate by  June  first,  two
    27  thousand  twenty-one  and June first of every other year thereafter. The
    28  office of children  and  family  services  shall  post  the  information
    29  contained in the report on its website.
    30    § 3. This act shall take effect immediately.