AN ACT AUTHORIZING UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE-CERTIFIED CHILD CARE FACILITIES TO BE LICENSED BY THE NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND ALLOWING DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE-CERTIFIED CHILD CARE FACILITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE-SUBSIDIZED CHILD CARE PROGRAM.
Enacts new GS 110-106.2. Requires Department of Defense (DOD) certified child care facilities to file a notice of intent to operate with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and require DHHS to then issue a North Carolina child care license to the DOD-certified child care facility. Defines DOD-certified child care facility. Requires each DOD-certified child care facility to file a report with DHHS indicating that it meets the minimum standards for child care facilities as provided by DOD. Provides that DOD-certified child care facilities are not subject to regulation by DHHS because all DOD rules and regulations for DOD-certified child care facilities are deemed equivalent to provisions of Article 7 and rules adopted by the Child Care Commission. Requires DHHS to rate DOD-certified child care facilities that have achieved specified accreditation as five-star-rated facilities, while those without the specified accreditation are to be rated as four-star. Sets out additional provisions concerning provisional licensure, lead teacher qualification, and administrator employee qualifications. Prohibits DHHS from assessing a licensure fee. Provides that a revocation of DOD certification results in termination of a NC child care license.
Amends GS 143B-168.15 to add that funds allocated under the statute for child care subsidies supplement and do not supplant any funds allocated to DOD-certified child care facilities licensed under GS 110-106.2.
Allows DOD-certified child care facilities licensed under GS 110-106.2 to participate in the state subsidized child care program provided that funds allocated from the state‑subsidized child care program to DOD-certified child care facilities supplement and not supplant funds. Requires that payment rates and fees for military families who choose DOD certified child care facilities and who are eligible to receive subsidized child care be as determined by the General Assembly in the Current Operations Appropriations Act for the 2015‑16 fiscal year.
Effective January 1, 2016.
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