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Legislature Funds Planner/Developer for Child Care Network Initiative

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, appropriated $25,000 in Contingent funding to provide start-up funding for a part-time Child Care Planner/Developer position at the Child Development Council.  The position will coordinate a Group Family Child Care Network, which will provide administrative supports to help keep existing day care programs open and to help new sites and providers to become established.  In part, the planner will initiate discussions with workforce development officials and employers, as well as with housing developers to seek facilities design provisions that would accommodate and encourage inclusion of group family child care homes.

The Department of Social Services is authorized to execute a one-year contract with the Child Development Council for such development services.  During the 2018 budget process, $50,000 in multi-year funding was approved, and set aside in the Contingent Fund, to improve child care options.  The $25,000 allocated covers the first six months of the year-long agreement.  Chair Martha Robertson praised the project approach as “creative and visionary.”