30001000 - Department of Early Education and Care Administration

Account Description FY2013
Spending
FY2014
GAA
3000-1000 Department of Early Education and Care Administration
For the administration of the department of early education and care and the costs of field operations and licensing provided through the department; provided, that the department shall report on the first business day of each month to the joint committee on education, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance on the unduplicated number of children on waiting lists for state-subsidized early education and care programs and services, including supportive childcare services; provided further, that notwithstanding chapter 66A of the General Laws, the department of early education and care, the lead agencies of community partnership councils, the child care resource and referral agencies, the department of elementary and secondary education, the department of transitional assistance, the department of children and families, the department of housing and community development, the Children's Trust Fund and the department of public health, specifically early intervention, may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive services provided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting and policy development purposes; provided further, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded by the department by category of eligibility, including children who have been the subject of supported cases pursuant to section 51A of chapter 119 of the General Laws, children referred by or transitioning from the department of children and families and children of income-eligible families; provided further, that said reports shall include the number of recipients subject to subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995; provided further, the department shall assign staff to collect and report on enhanced data tracking of clients of early education and care services as provided for in line items 3000-3050, 3000-4050, 3000-4060,and 3000-4070;provided further, the department shall submit a report no later than December 6, 2013 to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the progress of collecting and analyzing data to track (a) the eligibility of clients at the point of application; (b) the reason for attrition from services; (c) improved methodology for forecasting the use of available funds to maximize the number of placements that are supported by state appropriations; and (d) proximity of clients in care and waiting for care to the nearest licensed early education provider; provided further, that the department shall work with the department of public health, the department of elementary and secondary education, the executive office of education and the executive office of health and human services on a data sharing pilot program to issue a state assigned student identifier to children participating in early intervention services with the goal of tracking and evaluating educational and developmental outcomes for those children, improving delivery of services and determining any special education or cost savings associated with the early intervention program; provided further, that the participation of a family in any pilot program shall be contingent upon informed consent; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, however, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds from items 3000-4050 and 3000-4060 into items 3000-3050, 3000-4050 and 3000-4060; provided further, that the total transfers from any 1 item shall not exceed 3 per cent of the item's total funding; provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means at least 30 days before any such transfer; provided further, that the department shall convene a group of internal and external constituents to conduct an assessment of childcare licensing policies, procedures and regulations to propose and add best practices relative to risk assessment, differential licensing, integration of quality support efforts through licensing practices and policies which ensure the health, safety and quality of early educational opportunities for all children in licensed childcare facilities in the commonwealth; provided further, that such review shall also include an assessment of the department's information technology infrastructure's capabilities to capture and provide data essential to licensing best practices as well as a review of staffing capacity to introduce and monitor best practices in the commonwealth; provided further, the assessment shall begin no later than October 1, 2013; and provided further, that the assessment shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education not later than March 31, 2014
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