Child care providers; background check portability; subsidy pilot program; report. (SB1316)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), and Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child care providers; background check portability; subsidy pilot program; report. Exempts prospective employees and volunteers of certain child care providers from statutory background check requirements where the individual completed a background check within the previous five years, provided that (i) such background check was conducted after July 1, 2017; (ii) the results of such background check indicated that the individual had not been convicted of any barrier crime and was not the subject of a founded complaint of child abuse or neglect; and (iii) the individual is an employee or volunteer of a child care provider that is subject to background check requirements or has been separated from such employment or volunteer position for not more than 180 days. The bill requires such child care providers, prior to hiring or allowing to volunteer any individual without the completion of a background check, to obtain written certification that such individual satisfies all such requirements and is eligible to serve as an employee or volunteer. The bill also directs the Department of Education (the Department) to establish a two-year pilot program for the purpose of stabilizing and improving the quality of services provided in the Commonwealth's child care industry. The bill provides that under the pilot program a fixed sum of funds, based on the number of children served and certain other factors, will be disbursed to participating child care providers who agree to meet higher standards of quality and care, as determined by the Department. The bill requires the Department to report to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1 of each year of the pilot program certain information set forth in the bill. The bill also requires the Department, in collaboration with the School Readiness Committee, to (a) identify and analyze financing strategies that can be used to support the systemic costs of high-quality child care services, ensure equitable compensation for child care staff, and better prepare children for kindergarten and (b) analyze the effectiveness of using a cost-of-quality modeling system for the child care subsidy program. The bill requires the Department to report its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than December 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


01/12/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102634D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee on 01/18/2021. It meets on Monday, 8:00 A.M. and Wednesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.

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