Bill Text: IL HB3167 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed


Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Human Services to conduct and regularly update a study on the early childhood workforce at least once every 3 years. Provides that the study shall: (i) describe the professional development system for the early childhood workforce and characteristics of the workforce; (ii) determine compensation levels that are sufficient to attract, support, and retain a workforce of high-quality child care providers; (iii) make recommendations to help create an accessible and well-supported career advancement pathway and estimate the providers' costs of implementing training and professional development, including the compensation levels identified in item (ii); and (iv) describe how the Department can set provider payment rates sufficient to allow providers to achieve the compensation levels. Provides that the Department shall conduct the study required by carrying out a cost of quality study or survey that the Department is currently conducting, as a requirement of its State plan under a specified provision of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, and utilize the information to set base payment rates.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 31-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-05-19 - Added as Alternate Co-Sponsor Sen. Daniel Biss [HB3167 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB3167-Engrossed.html



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1 AN ACT concerning public aid.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by
5adding Section 9A-11.2 as follows:
6 (305 ILCS 5/9A-11.2 new)
7 Sec. 9A-11.2. Workforce study. The Department shall
8conduct and regularly update a study on the early childhood
9workforce at least once every 3 years. The study shall:
10 (a) describe the professional development system for
11 the early childhood workforce and characteristics of the
12 workforce;
13 (b) determine compensation levels that are sufficient
14 to attract, support, and retain a workforce of high-quality
15 child care providers by doing the following:
16 (1) ensuring fair and competitive compensation for
17 high-quality child care providers;
18 (2) recognizing child care providers who have the
19 specialized knowledge and competencies of early
20 childhood educators; and
21 (3) recognizing child care providers who offer a
22 rich learning environment, use evidence-based
23 classroom practices, and have provider competencies in

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1 engaging in stimulating, warm, and responsive
2 adult-child interactions; and
3 (c) make recommendations to help create an accessible and
4well-supported career advancement pathway and estimate the
5providers' costs of implementing training and professional
6development, including the compensation levels described in
7subsection (b); and
8 (d) describe how the Department can set provider payment
9rates sufficient to allow providers to achieve the compensation
10levels identified in subsection (b).
11 The Department shall conduct the study required under this
12Section by carrying out a cost of quality study or survey that
13the Department is currently conducting, as a requirement of its
14State plan under Section 658E of the Child Care and Development
15Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858c), and utilize the
16information to set base payment rates.
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