This act establishes that the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) must convene and facilitate a child care affordability and accessibility work group to examine regulatory and licensing costs and the associated effects on child care affordability and accessibility for multiple and single-parent families. The director of the DCYF must convene the first meeting of the work group by August 1st, 2019.
The work group must provide recommendations regarding:
§ How to decrease child care costs and increase availability in each region through removal and amendment of relevant administrative rules and licensing barriers that increase operational costs for providers;
§ How to increase availability of care in family, friend, and neighbor settings;
§ Mitigating or offsetting the impacts of minimum wage increases;
§ Licensing and educational requirements; and
§ The economic impact of Early Achievers Program rules and requirements.
The work group shall report its findings and recommendations to the governor and appropriate committees of the legislature by June 1st, 2020.