AN ACT REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO POSTPONE DEPLOYMENT OF THE NORTH CAROLINA FAMILIES ACCESSING SERVICES THROUGH TECHNOLOGY (NC FAST) SYSTEM AS RELATED TO CASE-MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONALITY FOR THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM AND AGING AND ADULT SERVICES' PROGRAMS, ENHANCING THE EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKFORCE, POTENTIAL DELAY FOR MEDICAID AND NC HEALTH CHOICE TRANSFORMATION, AUTHORIZING ADULT CARE HOMES TO USE SERVICE PLANS COMPLETED AS THE RESULT OF A MEDICAID PERSONAL CARE SERVICES ASSESSMENT TO FULFILL THE ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING PORTION OF THE REQUIRED SERVICE PLANS OR CARE PLANS FOR ADULT CARE HOME RESIDENTS, AND AMENDING ASSISTED LIVING ADMINISTRATOR CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATIONS.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 4th edition.
Modifies the proposed changes to GS 110-91(8) (mandatory standards for staff in child care facilities), which increase the requirements for lead teachers in and operators of child care centers. Now requires lead teachers to (1) have at least five specified college courses earned from an NC community college or (2) either a North Carolina Infant-Toddler Certificate or Preschool Certificate or its equivalent within 24 months of hire (previously, required at minimum an Infant-Toddler Certificate or Preschool Certificate or its equivalent at hire only). Modifies the timelines for these requirements to be met depending on the teacher's hiring date. Provides for lead teachers employed as of January 1, 2020, to complete the specified courses or receive the Certificate or its equivalent by January 1, 2022 (was, receive the Certificate by January 1, 2021). Requires lead teachers hired after January 1, 2020, to complete the additional specified courses or have the Certificate or equivalent within 24 months of hire (was, earn the Certificate or its equivalent within 18 months of hire). Sets forth an inclusive list of equivalencies. Changes requirements for operators to now require operators to (1) have completed additional specified courses or (2) have an Infant-Toddler Certificate or Preschool Certificate or its equivalent within 24 months of being licensed (previously, did not provide for the completion of specified courses qualification; also previously required the operator to earn an Early Childhood Credential prior to licensing, and mandated the attainment of a Certificate within 18 months of licensing). Provides that operators licensed before January 1, 2020, have until January 1, 2022 (was, January 1, 2021) to receive the Certificate or its equivalent. Sets forth an inclusive list of equivalencies.
Specifies that T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood scholarships are available and funded by the Child Care Development Block grant to provide financial support for completion of the required courses for lead teachers.
Concerning the incentives program the Division of Child Development and Early Education is directed to develop, specifies that the subsidy payment enhancements of the program are to be in addition to established subsidy payments based on star ratings.
Makes technical changes.
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