Summary: H.R.2175 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2175. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (06/10/1999)

Child Care Quality Improvement Act of 1999 - Establishes a Child Care Quality Improvement Grant program under the Social Security Act.

(Sec. 2) Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make such grant program allotments to eligible States to pay the Federal share of costs of State grants to local collaboratives for activities to improve the quality of child care.

Bases such allotment amounts on relative numbers of children in poverty in the States.

Requires State Governors, in order for their States to be eligible for such grants, to establish or designate an entity to serve as a Child Care Quality Advisory Board (State board), which shall receive the grant and make the grants to local collaboratives.

Requires such State boards, in order to be eligible for such grants, to submit to the Secretary annual applications containing specified information, including comprehensive State plans for reaching quantifiable goals for child care quality improvements in the following areas: (1) increased training for child care providers and administrators; (2) enhanced licensing standards that will apply to a broader range of providers; (3) reduced numbers of unlicensed providers; (4) increased monitoring and enforcement; (5) reduce caregiver turnover, through incentives such as increased compensation or scholarships for continuing education; and (6) higher levels of accreditation among licensed providers.

Provides for monitoring, enforcement, and technical assistance by the Secretary.

(Sec. 3) Requires State boards to use such grants to: (1) establish and enforce State child care licensing requirements; and (2) make competitive grants to local collaboratives to carry out child care quality improvement activities.

Sets forth requirements for composition and eligibility of local collaboratives and their uses of grant funds to carry out planned activities and make reports.

Requires State boards to: (1) ensure that at least 60 percent of the funds made available through each grant are used to provide the activities to improve the quality of child care to children (and parents of children) who reside in school districts in which half or more of the students would be eligible to receive free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch Act; and (2) monitor activities of local collaboratives that receive such grants.

(Sec. 6) Amends the Social Security Act to make appropriations for the Child Care Quality Improvement Grant program.

(Sec. 7) Establishes the Advisory Commission on Quality Child Care to study and report to the President, the Congress, and the Secretary on: (1) the most important issues affecting the quality of child care; and (2) the most efficient and effective manner of ensuring that families in the United States receive quality health care. Directs the Commission to make recommendations regarding: (1) feasible goals and targets for child care programs to improve the quality of child care; and (2) national standards for the quality of child care.