Summary: S.389 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for S.389. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (02/13/2003)

Caring for Children Act - Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to collect and disseminate directly or through competitive award of contracts: (1) information concerning health and safety in various child care settings; and (2) relevant findings in the field of early childhood learning and development.

Directs the Secretary to award grants to eligible entities to develop: (1) distance learning child care training technology infrastructures; and (2) model technology-based training courses for child care providers and child care workers, to be provided through distance learning programs made available through the infrastructure. Requires, to the maximum extent possible, that such grants be awarded in those regions of the United States with the fewest training opportunities for child care providers.

Directs the Secretary to establish a demonstration program of competitive grants to States to help them provide funds to encourage the establishment and operation of small business employer-operated child care programs. Requires a State to give priority for such assistance to applicants that desire to form a consortium to provide child care in a geographic area within the State where such care is not generally available or accessible, and allows such consortia to include businesses, nonprofit agencies or organizations, local governments, or other appropriate entities.