Amend the bill by striking out all of section 2 and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §3737, sub-§3, as corrected by RR 2015, c. 1, §21, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 22 MRSA §3737, sub-§3-A is enacted to read:
Amend the bill by striking out all of section 4 and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 4. 22 MRSA §3737, sub-§§5 and 6 are enacted to read:
Sec. 5. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Child Care Services 0563
Initiative: Provides funding to establish graduated quality differential rates for steps 2 to 4 in the 4-step child care quality rating system.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL
Amend the bill by relettering or renumbering any nonconsecutive Part letter or section number to read consecutively.
This amendment, which is the majority report, lowers the increases to graduated quality differential rates for child care services for children other than infants from the bill. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may use state funds to pay a quality differential rate for high-quality child care services if it chooses to do so. It allows the Department of Health and Human Services to use up to 25% of the State's federal child care and development block grant funding for contracts for high-quality child care to underserved children and areas of the State rather than requiring use of funding for contracts. The department is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the number of contracts, the percentage of block grant funding used for the contracts and the number of children served. It allows, rather than requires as in the bill, the department to develop a shared services program.
FISCAL NOTE REQUIRED