HOLD HARMLESS STAR RATINGS/ERS ASSESS. RESUME.

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Senate Bill 570 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 6, 2021
AN ACT TO HOLD HARMLESS CERTAIN FACILITIES WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RESUMES ENVIRONMENTAL RATING SCALE (ERS) (STAR RATING) ASSESSMENTS FOR LICENSED CHILD CARE FACILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN OTHER FLEXIBILITIES WHEN THE ERS ASSESSMENTS RESUME; AND TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EARLY EDUCATION TO REPORT ON SPECIFIED CRITERIA.
Intro. by Krawiec, Burgin, Perry.

Status: Ch. SL 2021-127 (Aug 30 2021)

SOG comments (1):

Long title change

Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition changed the long title. Original title was AN ACT TO HOLD HARMLESS CERTAIN FACILITIES WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RESUMES ENVIRONMENTAL RATING SCALE (ERS) (STAR RATING) ASSESSMENTS FOR LICENSED CHILD CARE FACILITIES AND TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN OTHER FLEXIBILITIES WHEN THE ERS ASSESSMENTS RESUME.

Bill History:

S 570/S.L. 2021-127

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Aug 31 2021 - More information

    AN ACT TO HOLD HARMLESS CERTAIN FACILITIES WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RESUMES ENVIRONMENTAL RATING SCALE (ERS) (STAR RATING) ASSESSMENTS FOR LICENSED CHILD CARE FACILITIES; TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN OTHER FLEXIBILITIES WHEN THE ERS ASSESSMENTS RESUME; AND TO REQUIRE THE DIVISION OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EARLY EDUCATION TO REPORT ON SPECIFIED CRITERIA. SL 2021-127. Enacted Aug. 30, 2021. Effective Aug. 30, 2021.


  • Summary date: Apr 27 2021 - More information

    Senate amendment amends the 1st edition as follows. 

    Directs the Division of Child Development and Early Education (Division) to implement the following when resuming ERS assessments: though June 30, 2023 (was, through June 30, 2027), and expiring June 30, 2023 (was, expiring June 30, 2027) lowering the 75% threshold to 50% for the percentage of lead teachers in the program required to meet the "rated licensed education requirements" criteria to earn quality rating improvement system (QRIS) "education points" towards a licensed facility's star rating. No longer requires the Division to recognize early childhood educators currently enrolled in accredited early childhood education programs working toward an associate degree or a bachelor's or master's degree in early childhood education by awarding one QRIS "education point" for every two staff members enrolled at the time of the assessment to the licensed care facility's cumulative final "education points" earned after all staff members in the program are assessed. 

    Adds the following content. Directs the Division to submit a report to the specified NCGA committee by March 30, 2023, with eight specified data points, including the number of new high school Early Childhood Career and Technical Pathways programs across the State between June 30, 2021, and January, 31, 2023, and the number of community college and university course that allow college credits for taking online health, safety, and nutrition training modules between June 30, 2021, and January 31, 2023.

    Changes the act's long title. 


  • Summary date: Apr 6 2021 - More information

    Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Child Development and Early Education (Division), upon resuming environmental rating scale (ERS) assessments, to not require a licensed child care facility to undergo an ERS assessment if conducting the assessment would cause loss of a star rating due to the facility's loss in the educators who enabled the facility to meet the star-rating requirements, and its inability to replace those educators within a reasonable time period with individuals having similar levels of education. Expires six months after the date the Governor signs an executive order rescinding Executive Order No. 116.

    Directs the Division to implement the following when resuming ERS assessments: (1) through June 30, 2027, lowering the 75% threshold to 50% for the percentage of lead teachers in the program required to meet the "rated licensed education requirements" criteria to earn quality rating improvement system (QRIS) "education points" towards a licensed facility's star rating (expires June 30, 2027) and (2) recognizing early childhood educators currently enrolled in accredited early childhood education programs working toward an associate degree or a bachelor's or master's degree in early childhood education by awarding one QRIS "education point" for every two staff members enrolled at the time of the assessment to the licensed care facility's cumulative final "education points" earned after all staff members in the program are assessed. 


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