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  • Summary date: May 2 2024 - View Summary

    Appropriates $250,000 in recurring funds from the General Fund for 2024-25 to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education (Division) to establish a two-year child development apprenticeship pilot program. Requires the Division to establish the pilot to provide on-the-job learning and coursework, specialized training with a one-on-one mentor, and classroom-based instruction that may result in college credit. Directs the Division to establish the pilot in at least two child development centers, one in the piedmont region and one in the eastern region. Requires the Division to submit progress reports to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services by December 31 of each year, with a final report due December 31, 2026. 

    Amends Section 9D.3(b) of SL 2023-134 to reduce the basis of gross family income for fees from families required to share in cost of child care to 5%. The law currently establishes the basis as 10% of gross family income. 

    Effective July 1, 2024.