Substitute House Bill No. 5461
          Substitute House Bill No. 5461

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-259


AN  ACT  CONCERNING SCHOOL READINESS AND CHILD DAY
CARE.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. (NEW) The state shall encourage the
development  of  a  network  of  school  readiness
programs pursuant to  sections  2 to 4, inclusive,
of this act  and  section  17b-749a of the general
statutes, as amended  by section 5 of this act, in
order to:
    (1)  Provide  open   access  for  children  to
quality  programs  that  promote  the  health  and
safety of children  and  prepare  them  for formal
schooling;
    (2)  Provide  opportunities   for  parents  to
choose among affordable and accredited or approved
programs;
    (3)  Encourage  coordination  and  cooperation
among  programs and  prevent  the  duplication  of
services;
    (4) Recognize the  specific  service needs and
unique   resources   available    to    particular
municipalities  and  provide  flexibility  in  the
implementation of programs;
    (5)  Prevent or  minimize  the  potential  for
developmental delay in  children prior to children
reaching the age of five;
    (6) Enhance federally  funded school readiness
programs;
    (7)  Strengthen  the   family   through:   (A)
Encouragement of parental involvement in a child's
development and education;  and (B) enhancement of
a family's capacity  to  meet the special needs of
the    children,    including     children    with
disabilities;
    (8) Reduce educational costs by decreasing the
need for special education services for school age
children and to avoid grade repetition;
    (9) Assure that children with disabilities are
integrated into programs available to children who
are not disabled; and
    (10) Improve the  availability  and quality of
school readiness programs.
    Sec. 2. (NEW)  (a)  As  used  in this section,
sections  1 to  4,  inclusive,  of  this  act  and
section  17b-749a  of  the  general  statutes,  as
amended by section 5 of this act:
    (1)  "School  readiness   program"   means   a
nonsectarian program that  (A) meets the standards
set by the  department  pursuant to subsection (b)
of this section  and the requirements of section 3
of this act,  and  (B)  provides a developmentally
appropriate learning experience  of  not less than
four hundred fifty  hours  and  one hundred eighty
days for eligible children;
    (2) "Eligible children"  means  children three
and four years  of  age and children five years of
age who are  not  eligible  to  enroll  in  school
pursuant  to  section   10-15c   of   the  general
statutes, provided no child shall participate in a
school readiness program for more than two years;
    (3) "Priority school"  means a school in which
forty  per  cent  or  more  of  the  students  are
eligible  for  free   or   reduced  price  lunches
pursuant to federal law and regulations, excluding
such  a  school   located  in  a  priority  school
district  pursuant  to   section  10-266p  of  the
general statutes;
    (4)  "Accredited"  means   accredited  by  the
National Association for  the  Education  of Young
Children,  a Head  Start  on-site  program  review
instrument or a  successor  instrument pursuant to
federal  regulations, or  otherwise  meeting  such
criteria   as   may    be   established   by   the
commissioner,    in    consultation    with    the
Commissioner of Social Services;
    (5)  "Approved"  means  meeting  the  criteria
established by the  commissioner,  in consultation
with the Commissioner of Social Services;
    (6) "Commissioner" means  the  Commissioner of
Education; and
    (7)  "Department"  means   the  Department  of
Education.
    (b) The Department  of  Education shall be the
lead agency for school readiness. School readiness
program providers eligible  for  funding  from the
Department of Education  shall  include  local and
regional boards of education, regional educational
service  centers,  family   resource  centers  and
providers of child day care centers, as defined in
section 19a-77 of the general statutes, as amended
by section 32  of  this  act, Head Start programs,
preschool programs and  other  programs  that meet
such standards established  by the Commissioner of
Education.   The   department    shall   establish
standards  for  school   readiness  programs.  The
standards may include, but need not be limited to,
guidelines    for    staff-child     interactions,
curriculum   content,   lesson    plans,    parent
involvement,  staff qualifications  and  training,
and administration. The  department  shall develop
age-appropriate developmental skills and goals for
children    attending    such     programs.    The
commissioner,    in    consultation    with    the
Commissioners  of  Higher   Education  and  Social
Services  and other  appropriate  entities,  shall
develop a continuing  education  training  program
for the staff of school readiness programs.
    (c)   The  Commissioner   of   Education,   in
consultation  with  the   Commissioner  of  Social
Services,  shall  establish  a  grant  program  to
provide spaces in  accredited  or  approved school
readiness programs for  eligible  children and who
reside in priority  school  districts  pursuant to
section 10-266p of the general statutes. Under the
program,  the  grant   shall   be   provided,   in
accordance with this section, to the town in which
such   priority  school   district   is   located.
Eligibility shall be  determined  for  a five-year
period based on  an  applicant's  designation as a
priority school district  for  the initial year of
application. Grant awards  shall  be made annually
contingent   upon   available    funding   and   a
satisfactory annual evaluation.  The chief elected
official of such  town  and  the superintendent of
schools for such  priority  school  district shall
submit a plan  for  the expenditure of grant funds
and responses to  the  local  request for proposal
process to the Departments of Education and Social
Services.  The departments  shall  jointly  review
such plans and  shall  each approve the portion of
such plan within its jurisdiction for funding. The
plan shall: (1)  Be developed in consultation with
the  local school  readiness  council  established
pursuant to section 4 of this act; (2) be based on
a needs and  resource  assessment; (3) provide for
the  issuance  of   requests   for  proposals  for
providers  of  accredited   or   approved   school
readiness programs; and  (4) identify the need for
funding  pursuant  to   section  17b-749a  of  the
general statutes, as  amended by section 5 of this
act, in order  to  extend  the  hours  and days of
operation of school readiness programs in order to
provide  child  day  care  services  for  children
attending such programs.
    (d)   The  Commissioner   of   Education,   in
consultation  with  the   Commissioner  of  Social
Services,  shall  establish  a  competitive  grant
program  to  provide   spaces   in  accredited  or
approved school readiness  programs  for  eligible
children and who  reside  in  an  area served by a
priority school. A  town in which such a school is
located or a  regional  school  readiness council,
pursuant to subsection  (c)  of  section 4 of this
act, for a  region  in  which  such  a  school  is
located may apply  for  such  a grant in an amount
not to exceed  one  hundred  thousand  dollars per
priority school. Eligibility  shall  be determined
for a five-year  period  based  on  an applicant's
designation as having  a  priority  school for the
initial year of application. Grant awards shall be
made annually contingent  upon  available  funding
and a satisfactory  annual  evaluation.  The chief
elected   official   of    such   town   and   the
superintendent of schools  of  the school district
or the regional  school  readiness  council  shall
submit a plan,  as  described in subsection (c) of
this section, for  the  expenditure  of such grant
funds to the  Department of Education. In awarding
grants   pursuant   to    this   subsection,   the
commissioner shall give preference to applications
submitted by regional school readiness councils. A
town or regional  school readiness council awarded
a grant pursuant  to this subsection shall use the
funds to purchase  spaces  for  such children from
providers  of  accredited   or   approved   school
readiness programs.
    (e) (1) Eighty-five  per  cent  of  the amount
appropriated for purposes of this section shall be
used for the  grant program pursuant to subsection
(c) of this  section.  Priority  school  districts
shall receive grants  based  on their proportional
share of the  sum  of  the  products  obtained  by
multiplying the number  of  enrolled  kindergarten
students in each  priority school district for the
year prior to the year the grant is to be paid, by
the ratio of  the  average  percentage of free and
reduced price meals for all severe need schools in
such   district   to    the   minimum   percentage
requirement for severe need school eligibility.
    (2)   Fourteen  per   cent   of   the   amount
appropriated for purposes of this section shall be
used for the competitive grant program pursuant to
subsection (d) of this section.
    (3) The Department  of Education may retain up
to one per  cent  of  the  amount appropriated for
purposes of this section for coordination, program
evaluation and administration provided such amount
shall  not  exceed  one  hundred  twenty  thousand
dollars in any fiscal year.
    (f) Any school readiness program that receives
funds  pursuant  to   this   section   shall   not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national
origin,  gender,  religion   or   disability.  For
purposes of this  section,  a nonsectarian program
means  any  public  or  private  school  readiness
program that is not violative of the Establishment
Clause  of  the   Constitution  of  the  State  of
Connecticut or the  Establishment  Clause  of  the
Constitution of the United States of America.
    (g) No funds  received  by  a town pursuant to
subsection (c) or  (d)  of  this  section shall be
used to supplant  federal,  state or local funding
received  by  such   town   for   early  childhood
education.
    Sec.  3.  (NEW)   (a)  Each  school  readiness
program   shall   include:    (1)   A   plan   for
collaboration with other  community  programs  and
services  and for  coordination  of  resources  in
order to facilitate  full-day and year-round child
care  and  education   programs  for  children  of
working  parents  and   parents  in  education  or
training   programs;   (2)   parent   involvement,
parenting education and  outreach;  (3)  referrals
for  health  services,   including  referrals  for
appropriate  immunizations  and   screenings;  (4)
nutrition  services;  (5)   referrals   to  family
literacy  programs that  incorporate  adult  basic
education  and  provide   for   the  promotion  of
literacy   through  access   to   public   library
services;  (6)  admission  policies  that  promote
enrolment  of  children   from  different  racial,
ethnic and economic  backgrounds  and  from  other
communities;  (7)  a   plan   of   transition  for
participating children from  the  school readiness
program   to  kindergarten;   (8)   a   plan   for
professional development for  staff; (9) a sliding
fee  scale  for   families  participating  in  the
program pursuant to  section  8  of  this act; and
(10) an annual  evaluation of the effectiveness of
the program.
    (b) The per  child  cost  of the Department of
Education  school  readiness   component   of  the
program offered by  a  school  readiness  provider
shall not exceed  the  foundation,  as  defined in
subdivision (9) of  section 10-262f of the general
statutes. A school  readiness provider may provide
child day care services and the cost of such child
day care services shall not be subject to such per
child cost limitation.
    (c) A local or regional board of education may
implement a sliding  fee  scale  for  the  cost of
services provided to children enrolled in a school
readiness program.
    Sec. 4. (NEW)  (a) A town seeking to apply for
a grant pursuant to subsection (c) of section 2 of
this act shall  convene  a  local school readiness
council.  Any  other   town  may  convene  such  a
council. The chief  elected  official  of the town
or, in the case of a regional school district, the
chief elected officials of the towns in the school
district and the superintendent of schools for the
school district shall  jointly appoint and convene
such council. Each  school readiness council shall
be composed of: (1) The chief elected official, or
his designee; (2)  the  superintendent of schools,
or  a  management   level   staff  person  as  his
designee; (3) parents;  (4)  representatives  from
local programs such as Head Start, family resource
centers, nonprofit and  for-profit  child day care
centers, group day care homes, prekindergarten and
nursery  schools,  and   family   day   care  home
providers; and (5)  other representatives from the
community who provide  services  to  children. The
chief  elected  official   shall   designate   the
chairperson of the school readiness council.
    (b) The local  school readiness council shall:
(1)  Make recommendations  to  the  chief  elected
official  and the  superintendent  of  schools  on
issues relating to school readiness, including any
applications for grants pursuant to sections 2 and
7 of this  act and section 17b-749a of the general
statutes, as amended by section 5 of this act; (2)
foster  partnerships  among  providers  of  school
readiness   programs;   (3)    assist    in    the
identification of the  need  for  school readiness
programs and the  number  of  children  not  being
served by such  a  program;  (4) identify existing
and prospective resources  and  services available
to  children  and  families;  (5)  facilitate  the
coordination  of  the   delivery  of  services  to
children   and   families,    including   referral
procedures; (6) exchange  information  with  other
councils, the community  and organizations serving
the  needs of  children  and  families;  (7)  make
recommendations  to  school  officials  concerning
transition  from  school   readiness  programs  to
kindergarten;    and    (8)    encourage    public
participation.
    (c) Two or  more towns or school districts and
appropriate representatives of  groups or entities
interested  in  early  childhood  education  in  a
region may establish  a  regional school readiness
council. If a  priority  school  is  located in at
least one of  such  school districts, the regional
school readiness council  may  apply  for  a grant
pursuant to subsection  (d)  of  section 2 of this
act. The regional  school  readiness  council  may
perform the duties outlined in subdivisions (2) to
(8), inclusive, of subsection (b) of this section.
    Sec.  5.  Section   17b-749a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [(a)  As used  in  this  section  and  section
17b-749b:
    (1) "Early childhood  education program" means
a nonsectarian program  of  not less than (A) four
hundred fifty hours  and  one  hundred eighty days
for children at  least  four  years of age and (B)
one  hundred  fifty   hours  and  sixty  days  for
children   under   four    years    of   age,   of
developmentally       appropriate      educational
experiences each year;
    (2)  "Accredited"  means   accredited  by  the
National Association for  the  Education  of Young
Children or otherwise  meeting  such  standards as
may  be  established   by   the   Commissioner  of
Education; and
    (3) "Commissioner" means  the  Commissioner of
Social Services.]
    [(b)] (a) The Commissioner of Social Services,
in  [collaboration  with   the   State   Board  of
Education and the  Commissioners  of  Children and
Families,    Public   Health    and    Correction]
CONSULTATION WITH THE  COMMISSIONER  OF EDUCATION,
shall establish, within  available appropriations,
[a school readiness  program  in  accordance  with
this section and  section  17b-749b]  A PROGRAM TO
(1)  PURCHASE DIRECTLY  OR  PROVIDE  SUBSIDIES  TO
PARENTS  TO  PURCHASE   CHILD  DAY  CARE  SERVICES
PROVIDED BY ANY  ELEMENTARY  OR  SECONDARY SCHOOL,
NURSERY SCHOOL, PRESCHOOL,  DAY CARE CENTER, GROUP
DAY  CARE  HOME,  FAMILY  DAY  CARE  HOME,  FAMILY
RESOURCE CENTER, HEAD  START  PROGRAM, OR LOCAL OR
REGIONAL  BOARD OF  EDUCATION,  PROVIDED,  IF  THE
COMMISSIONER PURCHASES SUCH  SERVICES DIRECTLY, HE
SHALL GIVE PREFERENCE TO PURCHASING FROM PROVIDERS
OF FULL-DAY AND YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS; AND (2) AWARD
GRANTS TO PROVIDERS  OF SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS,
AS DEFINED IN  SECTION  2 OF THIS ACT, TO INCREASE
THE HOURS OF  OPERATION OF THEIR PROGRAMS IN ORDER
TO PROVIDE CHILD  CARE FOR CHILDREN ATTENDING SUCH
PROGRAMS.  The  commissioner,   FOR   PURPOSES  OF
SUBDIVISION (1) OF  THIS  SUBSECTION,  shall model
the program on the program established pursuant to
section 17b-749, AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 28 OF THIS
ACT.
    [(c)] (b) No  funds  received  by  a  provider
pursuant to [the  school  readiness  program] THIS
SECTION shall be  used to supplant federal funding
received for early  childhood  education on behalf
of  children  in   an  early  childhood  education
program.
    [(d) The commissioner  shall  convene a School
Readiness  Council consisting  of  representatives
from  appropriate state  agencies  and  local  and
regional boards of education. Participation in the
council shall be open and voluntary. The council]
    (c) THE COMMISSIONERS  OF  SOCIAL SERVICES AND
EDUCATION shall: (1) Coordinate the development of
a range of alternative programs to meet the [early
care and education]  needs  of  all  children; (2)
foster partnerships between  school  districts and
private organizations; [offering  early  childhood
education programs, including  employer  sponsored
programs;] (3) provide  information and assistance
to  parents in  selecting  an  appropriate  [early
childhood education] SCHOOL READINESS program; and
(4) work to  ensure,  to the extent possible, that
[early  childhood  education]   SCHOOL   READINESS
programs allow open enrolment for all children and
allow  families  receiving  benefits  for  such  a
program to choose  a  public or accredited private
program.
    Sec. 6. The  Commissioners  of  Education  and
Social  Services shall  develop  an  agreement  to
define the duties  and  responsibilities  of their
departments concerning school  readiness programs.
The  commissioners  shall   consult   with   other
affected  state  agencies.   The  agreement  shall
include,  but not  be  limited  to,  a  multi-year
interagency agreement to  establish  and implement
an integrated school  readiness plan. Functions to
be described and responsibilities to be undertaken
by the two  departments shall be delineated in the
agreement.
    Sec. 7. (NEW)  (a)  The Commissioner of Social
Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of
Education,  shall  establish   a  program,  within
available  appropriations,  to   provide,   on   a
competitive     basis,    supplemental     quality
enhancement grants to  providers of child day care
services or providers of school readiness programs
pursuant to section  2 of this act. Child day care
providers and school  readiness programs may apply
for a supplemental  quality  enhancement  grant at
such time and  on such form as the Commissioner of
Social Services prescribes.
    (b) Priority for such grants shall be given to
programs that are:  (1) Included in a local school
readiness plan; (2) full-day, year-round programs;
and (3) accredited,  as defined in subdivision (4)
of subsection (a) of section 2 of this act.
    (c) The grants shall be used to:
    (1) Help providers  who  are not accredited by
the  National Association  for  the  Education  of
Young Children to obtain such accreditation;
    (2) Provide comprehensive  services,  such  as
enhanced access to  health care, nutrition, family
support services, parent  education,  literacy and
parental  involvement,  and   community  and  home
outreach programs;
    (3) Purchase educational equipment;
    (4)  Provide  scholarships   for  training  to
obtain a child development associate certificate;
    (5)  Provide  training  for  persons  who  are
mentor teachers, as defined in federal regulations
for the Head  Start  program, and provide a family
service coordinator or  a family service worker as
such  positions  are   defined   in  such  federal
regulations;
    (6) Repair fire, health and safety problems in
existing facilities and  conduct  minor remodeling
to comply with  the  Americans  with  Disabilities
Act; and
    (7) Create a  supportive  network  with family
day care homes.
    Sec. 8. (NEW)  Each  licensed  child  day care
provider  receiving  funding   directly  from  the
Department  of  Social   Services  shall  adopt  a
sliding fee scale  based  on  family  income.  The
Commissioner of Social  Services  shall  develop a
minimum sliding fee  scale  which  may be adjusted
upward by each such licensed day care program. All
income derived from  such  fees  shall  be used to
support the child day care program.
    Sec.  9.  (NEW)  In  accordance  with  section
17a-101j of the general statutes, the Commissioner
of  Children  and   Families   shall   notify  the
Commissioner of Public  Health  of all information
concerning substantiated complaints,  pursuant  to
subsection  (b)  of   said  section  17a-101j,  of
incidents of abuse  or neglect which have occurred
at  any  licensed   day   care  facility.  If  the
Commissioner of Children  and  Families determines
that there was  abuse  or  neglect  of a child, he
shall notify the  person  about whom the claim was
substantiated of the  determination,  in  writing.
Such notification shall  include  a description of
the  abuse  or   neglect   and   the  reasons  for
substantiation. The Commissioner  of Public Health
shall compile a  listing of the information and of
complaints  received  and   substantiated  by  the
Department of Public  Health concerning a licensed
day  care facility  during  the  prior  three-year
period. The Commissioner  of  Public  Health shall
disclose information contained  in  the listing to
any  person  who   requests   it,   provided   the
information does not  identify children, families,
staff  members  or   employees   of  any  licensed
facility or any  person  residing in the household
of a person  licensed under section 19a-87b of the
general statutes.
    Sec.  10.  (NEW)   The  Department  of  Social
Services shall establish  and  fund  five regional
accreditation    projects,    within     available
appropriations.   The  department   shall   select
qualified applicants for  each  region  through  a
request for proposal process. The department shall
give priority to  child  day care facilities where
at least twenty per cent of the children live with
families earning less  than  seventy-five per cent
of the state median income level.
    Sec. 11. (NEW)  (a) The Commissioner of Social
Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of
Education,   shall   develop   and   implement   a
performance-based  evaluation system  to  evaluate
licensed child day  care centers, within available
appropriations.    Such    a     performance-based
evaluation system shall  be  similar  to  the Head
Start Performance Standards in 45 CFR 1304.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
conduct,   within  available   appropriations,   a
longitudinal study that examines the developmental
progress  of  children  and  their  families  both
during and following  participation in a child day
care program.
    (c) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
report to the General Assembly, in accordance with
section  11-4a of  the  general  statutes,  on  or
before January 1,  1998,  on the implementation of
the performance-based evaluation system and on the
longitudinal study, and annually thereafter on the
cumulative results of the evaluations.
    Sec.  12. (NEW)  The  Connecticut  Health  and
Educational Facilities Authority shall establish a
program to finance  low  interest  loans for child
care  and  child   development   centers,   family
resource  centers and  Head  Start  programs  that
shall  be known  as  the  Connecticut  Child  Care
Facilities Program. Loans  shall  be  made for the
purpose  of  new  construction  or  renovation  of
existing centers or  complying with federal, state
and  local  child   care  requirements,  including
health and safety  standards. For purposes of this
section,  "child  development   center"   means  a
building  used by  a  nonprofit  school  readiness
program, as defined  in section 2 of this act, and
"child care center"  means  a  nonprofit  facility
that  is licensed  by  the  Department  of  Public
Health as a  child  day care center or a group day
care home, both  as  defined  in section 19a-77 of
the general statutes,  as amended by section 32 of
this act.
    Sec. 13. (NEW)  (a) The Connecticut Health and
Educational Facilities Authority  may  establish a
subsidiary which shall  be  deemed  a quasi-public
agency for purposes  of  chapter 12 of the general
statutes, for the  purpose  of improving access to
high-quality   child  care   in   the   state   by
coordinating  expertise  in  finance,  government,
architecture, construction and child care, and may
transfer to such  subsidiary  any  moneys, real or
personal property, of  any  child  care  or  child
development center financed  by  the authority and
acquired  as  a   result   of   a  foreclosure  or
otherwise.  Such subsidiary  shall  have  all  the
privileges, immunities, tax  exemptions  and other
exemptions of the authority. Such subsidiary shall
be subject to  suit  and liability solely from the
assets, revenues and  resources  of the subsidiary
and  without  recourse   to   the  general  funds,
revenues, resources or  any  other  assets  of the
authority. Such subsidiary is authorized to assume
or take title  to  any  real property, including a
child care or child development center, subject to
any existing mortgage  and  to mortgage, convey or
dispose of its  assets  and pledge its revenues in
order to secure  any borrowing, for the purpose of
developing, acquiring, constructing,  refinancing,
rehabilitating or improving  its  assets, provided
each such borrowing  or mortgage, unless otherwise
provided by the  board or the subsidiary, shall be
a  special obligation  of  the  subsidiary,  which
obligation may be  in  the  form  of  bonds,  bond
anticipation  notes  or  other  obligations  which
evidence an indebtedness  to  the extent permitted
under chapter 187 of the general statutes to fund,
refinance and refund  the same and provide for the
rights of holders  thereof, and to secure the same
by pledge of  revenues,  notes  and  mortgages  of
others, and which shall be payable solely from the
assets,  revenues  and   other  resources  of  the
subsidiary and in  no  event  shall  such bonds be
secured by a  special  capital reserve fund of any
kind which is  in  any  way  contributed to by the
state. The subsidiary  shall  have the purposes as
provided by resolution of the authority's board of
directors, which purposes shall be consistent with
chapter 187 of  the  general  statutes. No further
action is required  for  the  establishment of the
subsidiary, except the  adoption  of  a resolution
for the subsidiary.
    (b) The board  of  directors of the subsidiary
shall be the board of directors of the authority.
    (c) To the  extent necessary or appropriate to
assure that the  interest  on  any  of  its bonds,
notes or other  obligations  are or continue to be
excluded from the  gross  income of the recipients
for federal income  tax purposes, the authority or
subsidiary shall take  such actions to comply with
the provisions of  the  Internal  Revenue  Code of
1986  or  any  subsequent  corresponding  internal
revenue code of the United States, as from time to
time  amended,  if   necessary,   to  qualify  and
maintain such subsidiary  as  a corporation exempt
from taxation under said Internal Revenue Code.
    Sec. 14. (NEW)  (a)  There  is  established  a
Child Care Facilities  Loan  Guarantee Program for
the  purpose  of   guaranteeing   loans   for  the
expansion or development  of  child care and child
development  centers in  the  state.  The  program
shall contain any  moneys  required  by  law to be
deposited  in  the  program,  including,  but  not
limited to, any  moneys appropriated by the state,
premiums  and fees  for  guaranteeing  loans,  and
proceeds  from the  sale,  disposition,  lease  or
rental of collateral  relating to loan guarantees.
Any balance remaining in the program at the end of
any fiscal year  shall  be  carried forward in the
program for the  fiscal  year next succeeding. The
program shall be  used to guarantee loans pursuant
to subsection (b)  of  this  section  and  to  pay
reasonable  and necessary  expenses  incurred  for
administration    under    this    section.    The
Commissioner of Social  Services  may enter into a
contract  with  a   quasi-public  agency,  banking
institution or nonprofit  corporation  to  provide
for the administration of the program, provided no
loan guarantee shall  be  made  from  the  program
without the authorization  of  the commissioner as
provided in subsection  (b)  of  this section. The
total  aggregate amount  of  guarantees  from  the
program, with respect  to  the insured portions of
the loan, may not exceed at any one time an amount
equal to three  times the balance in the guarantee
program.
    (b) The state, acting by and in the discretion
of  the  Commissioner   of  Social  Services,  may
guarantee the repayment  of  loans, including, but
not  limited to,  principal  and  interest,  to  a
lending institution that  has provided funding for
the  construction, reconstruction,  rehabilitation
or improvement of child care and child development
facilities.  The  total   aggregate  of  any  loan
guarantee under this  section  shall  be  not less
than twenty per  cent  and  shall not exceed fifty
per  cent  of   the   principal   amount   of  the
obligation, as determined by approved underwriting
standards approved by  the  commissioner, and upon
such terms and  conditions as the commissioner may
prescribe. The term of any loan guarantee shall be
determined by the  useful  life of the improvement
but in no  event  shall  exceed  thirty years. The
commissioner shall arrange  by  contract with each
lending institution or  the  borrower to safeguard
the interests of  the  program  in  the event of a
default  by  the   borrower,   including,  at  the
discretion  of  the  commissioner,  provision  for
notice to the  program of default by the borrower,
for  foreclosure or  other  realization  upon  any
security for the loan, for the time and conditions
for payment to  the  lending  institution  by  the
program of the  amount  of any loss to the lending
institution guaranteed by  the program and for the
disposition  of the  proceeds  realized  from  any
security for the  loan guaranteed. When it appears
desirable for a  temporary  period upon default or
threatened   default   by    the   borrower,   the
commissioner may authorize payments of instalments
of  principal  or  interest,  or  both,  from  the
program to the  lending  institution, and of taxes
and  insurance, which  payments  shall  be  repaid
under such conditions as the program may prescribe
and the program  may also agree to revise terms of
financing  when  such   appears   pertinent.  Upon
request   of   the    lending   institution,   the
commissioner may at any time, under such equitable
terms and conditions  as it may prescribe, consent
to the release  of the borrower from his liability
under the loan  or consent to the release of parts
of any secured  property  from  the  lien  of  the
lending institution.
    (c)  Priority for  loan  guarantees  shall  be
given to financing  child  care  centers and child
development  centers  that   (1)   have   obtained
accreditation from the  National  Association  for
the  Education  of   Young  Children  or  have  an
application pending for  such  accreditation,  and
(2) are included in a local school readiness plan,
and (3) shall  promote  the colocation of programs
endorsed by the  Commissioners  of  Education  and
Social Services pursuant  to  section 4b-31 of the
general statutes, as amended by section 19 of this
act.  School readiness  programs,  licensed  child
care providers or  nonprofit developers of a child
care center operating  under a legally enforceable
agreement with child  care  providers are eligible
for such guaranteed loans.
    (d) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
adopt   regulations,  in   accordance   with   the
provisions of chapter  54 of the general statutes,
to  establish procedures  and  qualifications  for
application for guarantees under this section.
    Sec. 15. (a)  For  the  purposes  described in
subsection (b) of  this  section,  the  State Bond
Commission shall have  the  power,  from  time  to
time, to authorize  the  issuance  of bonds of the
state in one  or  more  series  and  in  principal
amounts not exceeding in the aggregate one million
five hundred thousand dollars.
    (b) The proceeds  of the sale of said bonds or
other obligations evidencing  indebtedness, to the
extent of the  amount  stated in subsection (a) of
this section, shall be deposited in the Child Care
Facilities  Loan  Guarantee  Program,  established
under section 14  of  this act, for the purpose of
guaranteeing loans as provided in said section 14.
    (c) All provisions  of  section  3-20  of  the
general statutes, or  the exercise of any right or
power granted thereby  which  are not inconsistent
with the provisions  of section 14 of this act and
this section, are  hereby  adopted and shall apply
to  all  bonds   authorized   by  the  State  Bond
Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary
bonds or notes  in anticipation of the money to be
derived  from  the  sale  of  any  such  bonds  so
authorized may be  issued  in accordance with said
section 3-20 and  from  time to time renewed. Such
obligations shall mature at such time or times not
exceeding twenty years from their respective dates
as  may  be   provided   in  or  pursuant  to  the
resolution  or  resolutions   of  the  State  Bond
Commission authorizing such  obligations.  None of
said obligations shall be authorized except upon a
finding by the  State  Bond  Commission that there
has  been  filed   with  it  a  request  for  such
authorization, which is  signed by or on behalf of
the  Secretary  of   the   Office  of  Policy  and
Management and states such terms and conditions as
said commission, in  its  discretion, may require.
Said obligations issued  pursuant  to this section
shall be general  obligations of the state and the
full faith and  credit of the state of Connecticut
are pledged for  the  payment  of the principal of
and interest on said bonds as the same become due,
and accordingly and as part of the contract of the
state  with  the   holders   of   said   bonds  or
obligations,   appropriation   of    all   amounts
necessary for punctual  payment  of such principal
and  interest  is   hereby  made,  and  the  State
Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as
the same become due.
    Sec. 16. (NEW)  (a)  There  is  established  a
program to be  known as the "Child Care Facilities
Direct Revolving Loan  Program". The program shall
contain any moneys required by law to be deposited
in the program, including, but not limited to, any
moneys appropriated by  the state, premiums, fees,
interest payments and principal payments on direct
loans and proceeds  from  the  sale,  disposition,
lease or rental  of  collateral relating to direct
loans. Any balance remaining in the program at the
end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in
the program for  the  next succeeding fiscal year.
The program shall  be  used to make loans pursuant
to subsection (b)  of  this  section, to make loan
guarantees and to  pay  reasonable  and  necessary
expenses incurred in  administering loans and loan
guarantees under this section. The Commissioner of
Social Services may  enter  into a contract with a
quasi-public   agency,  banking   institution   or
nonprofit   corporation   to   provide   for   the
administration of the  loan  program,  provided no
loan or loan guarantee shall be made from the fund
without the authorization  of  the commissioner as
provided in subsection (b) of this section.
    (b) The state, acting by and in the discretion
of the Commissioner  of Social Services, may enter
into a contract to provide financial assistance in
the form of interest-free loans, deferred loans or
guaranteed loans to  child  care  providers  or to
nonprofit  developers of  a  child  care  facility
operating under a  legally  enforceable  agreement
with a child  care provider, for costs or expenses
incurred   and   directly   connected   with   the
expansion,  improvement or  development  of  child
care  facilities.  Such  costs  and  expenses  may
include: (1) Advances  of loan proceeds for direct
loans; (2) expenses  incurred  in project planning
and design, including  architectural expenses; (3)
legal  and  financial   expenses;   (4)   expenses
incurred  in  obtaining   required   permits   and
approvals;  (5)  options  to  purchase  land;  (6)
expenses incurred in obtaining required insurance;
(7) expenses incurred  in  meeting state and local
child care standards;  (8)  minor  renovations and
upgrading  child  care  facilities  to  meet  such
standards and loans  for  the purpose of obtaining
licensure  under section  19a-77  of  the  general
statutes, as amended  by  section  32 of this act;
(9)  purchase  and   installation   of  equipment,
machinery  and  furniture,   including   equipment
needed to accommodate children with special needs;
and (10) other  preliminary expenses authorized by
the commissioner. Loan  proceeds shall not be used
for the refinancing  of  existing  loans,  working
capital, supplies or inventory.
    (c) The amount  of  a  direct  loan under this
section may be  up to eighty per cent of the total
amount of investment  but  shall  not  exceed  ten
thousand dollars for  such  facility as determined
by the commissioner  except  that  if an applicant
for a loan under this section has an existing loan
that is guaranteed  by  the  Child Care Facilities
Loan Guarantee Program,  established under section
14 of this  act,  the  direct  loan provided under
this section shall  not  exceed twenty per cent of
the investment. The  amount of any guarantee and a
direct loan under  this  section  shall not exceed
eighty per cent.
    (d) Each provider  applying  for  a loan under
this section shall  submit  an  application,  on a
form  provided  by  the  commissioner  that  shall
include, but is  not  limited  to,  the  following
information: (1) A  detailed  description  of  the
proposed or existing  child  care facility; (2) an
itemization of known  and estimated costs; (3) the
total amount of  investment  required to expand or
develop the child  care  facility;  (4)  the funds
available  to  the   applicant  without  financial
assistance from the  department; (5) the amount of
financial assistance sought  from  the department;
(6) information relating  to  the financial status
of  the  applicant,  including,  if  available,  a
current balance sheet, a profit and loss statement
and credit references;  and  (7) evidence that the
loan applicant shall, as of the loan closing, own,
have an option to purchase or have a lease for the
term  of the  loan.  Security  for  the  loan  may
include  an  assignment  of  the  lease  or  other
subordination of any  mortgage  and  the  borrower
shall be in  default  if  the loan is not used for
the intended purpose.
    (e) Payments of principal and interest on such
loans shall be  paid  to  the  State Treasurer for
deposit  in  the   Child  Care  Facilities  Direct
Revolving Loan Program  established  in subsection
(a) of this section.
    (f) The Commissioner  of  Social  Services may
adopt regulations, in  accordance  with chapter 54
of  the  general   statutes,   to  carry  out  the
provisions of this  section.  Such regulations may
clarify loan procedures, repayment terms, security
requirements, default and  remedy  provisions, and
such   other  terms   and   conditions   as   said
commissioner shall deem appropriate.
    Sec. 17. (a)  For  the  purposes  described in
subsection (b) of  this  section,  the  State Bond
Commission shall have  the  power,  from  time  to
time, to authorize  the issuance of bonds or other
obligations of the state in one or more series and
in  principal  amounts   not   exceeding   in  the
aggregate seven hundred fifty thousand dollars.
    (b) The proceeds of the sale of said bonds, to
the extent of  the amount stated in subsection (a)
of this section,  shall  be deposited in the Child
Care  Facilities Direct  Revolving  Loan  Program,
established under section  16 of this act, for the
purpose of making  loans  and  loan  guarantees as
provided in said section 16.
    (c) All provisions  of  section  3-20  of  the
general statutes, or  the exercise of any right or
power granted thereby  which  are not inconsistent
with the provisions  of section 16 of this act and
this section, are  hereby  adopted and shall apply
to  all  bonds   authorized   by  the  State  Bond
Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary
notes in anticipation  of  the money to be derived
from  the  sale   of   any  such  bonds  or  other
obligations evidencing indebtedness  so authorized
may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20
and from time  to  time  renewed. Such bonds shall
mature at such  time or times not exceeding thirty
years  from  their  respective  dates  as  may  be
provided  in or  pursuant  to  the  resolution  or
resolutions   of   the   State   Bond   Commission
authorizing such bonds.  None  of  said  bonds  or
other obligations evidencing indebtedness shall be
authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond
Commission that there  has  been  filed  with it a
request for such authorization, which is signed by
or on behalf  of  the  Secretary  of the Office of
Policy and Management  and  states  such terms and
conditions as said  commission, in its discretion,
may require. Said  bonds  issued  pursuant to this
section shall be  general obligations of the state
and the full  faith  and  credit  of  the state of
Connecticut are pledged  for  the  payment  of the
principal of and  interest  on  said  bonds as the
same become due,  and  accordingly  and as part of
the contract of the state with the holders of said
bonds, appropriation of  all amounts necessary for
punctual payment of such principal and interest is
hereby made, and  the  State  Treasurer  shall pay
such principal and  interest  as  the  same become
due.
    Sec. 18. Subsection  (n)  of  section 4b-23 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (n) The recommended  state facility plan shall
include policies for:
    (1)  The  encouragement  of  the  acquisition,
transfer  and utilization  of  space  in  suitable
buildings of historic,  architectural  or cultural
significance, unless use  of  such space would not
prove feasible and prudent compared with available
alternatives;
    (2)  The  encouragement  of  the  location  of
commercial, cultural, educational and recreational
facilities and activities within public buildings;
    (3) The provision  and  maintenance  of space,
facilities   and   activities    to   the   extent
practicable, which encourage  public access to and
stimulate public pedestrian  traffic  around, into
and   through   public    buildings,    permitting
cooperative improvements to  and uses of the areas
between the building  and the street, so that such
activities complement and  supplement  commercial,
cultural, educational and  recreational  resources
in the neighborhood of public buildings;
    (4) The encouragement  of  the  public  use of
public  buildings for  cultural,  educational  and
recreational activities;
    (5)  The encouragement  of  the  ownership  or
leasing of modern  buildings  to  replace obsolete
facilities, achieve cost  and energy efficiencies,
maximize  delivery  of  services  to  the  public,
preserve  existing infrastructure  and  provide  a
comfortable and space-efficient  work environment;
and
    (6) The encouragement  of the establishment of
child day care  facilities  [for  the  children of
state  employees] AND  CHILD  DEVELOPMENT  CENTERS
INCLUDING   PROVISIONS  FOR   (A)   FULL-DAY   AND
YEAR-ROUND  PROGRAMS  FOR   CHILDREN   OF  WORKING
PARENTS, (B) OPPORTUNITIES  FOR  PARENTS TO CHOOSE
AMONG ACCREDITED PUBLIC  OR  PRIVATE PROGRAMS, (C)
OPEN ENROLMENT FOR  CHILDREN IN CHILD DAY CARE AND
SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS,  AND (D) INCENTIVES FOR
THE COLOCATION AND  SERVICE  INTEGRATION  OF CHILD
DAY CARE PROGRAMS  AND  SCHOOL  READINESS PROGRAMS
PURSUANT TO SECTION  4b-31,  AS AMENDED BY SECTION
19 OF THIS ACT.
    Sec. 19. Section 4b-31 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    For  the  purposes   of   this   section   and
subsection (g) of  section  3-20  and  subsections
(a), (b), (c), (e) and (j) of section 4b-23:
    (a) "Human services" means adoption and foster
care services; advocacy services; alcohol and drug
abuse services; case  management  services; SCHOOL
READINESS PROGRAMS; HEAD  START  PROGRAMS;  FAMILY
RESOURCE  CENTERS;  child   and  adult  day  care;
community-based  services; community  organization
services;  counseling,  guidance   and   appraisal
services;  day  treatment   services;  employment,
compensatory   education,  adult   education   and
training;   energy  payment   assistance;   family
planning  services; health  services;  home  care,
management  and  maintenance   services;   housing
services;  human  resource  development  services;
income   assistance;  information   and   referral
services;   mental   health    services;    mental
retardation services; nutrition  services;  parole
supervision;   protective  services;   residential
treatment services; services  to  the  blind,  the
deaf, the developmentally  disabled, the disabled,
the hearing impaired,  the  visually impaired, the
handicapped,  the  non-English-speaking   and  the
poor;   social   development    services;   social
services;  special  transportation  services;  and
planning,  management  and  evaluation  activities
related to the services listed in this section.
    (b) "Human services  agencies" means any state
agency, authority, board,  commission,  committee,
council,   department,   institution   or   office
providing  or  having   cognizance  of  any  human
services.
    (c) "Colocation" means that representatives of
two or more  agencies  are  located  in  the  same
building to facilitate consumer access.
    (d) "Integration of  services" means providing
multiproblem consumers who are receiving more than
one  service with  coordinated  intake,  referral,
case management and other services.
    (e) Human services shall be provided, wherever
feasible,  through colocated  sites  that  promote
accessibility and integration  of  services.  Each
human services agency  shall  develop a colocation
statement  indicating  the  manner  in  which  any
planned or requested  capital  project  or program
providing  intake, referral  and  case  management
services  addresses  the   following   goals:  (1)
Accessibility to consumers  of  human services who
rely  on public  transportation;  (2)  ability  to
provide  opportunities  for  colocation  of  human
services  agencies  with   each   other  and  with
federal, municipal and  private agencies providing
human   services;   (3)    ability    to   provide
opportunities  for  integration  of  services  for
multiproblem consumers; and (4) ability to provide
cost-effective services.
    Sec. 20. Section 8-210 of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a) The state, acting by and in the discretion
of the Commissioner  of Social Services, may enter
into a contract with a municipality or a qualified
private, nonprofit corporation for state financial
assistance   for   the   planning,   construction,
renovation,  site  preparation   and  purchase  of
improved  or unimproved  property  as  part  of  a
capital  development  project   for   neighborhood
facilities. Such facilities  may  include, but are
not limited to, child day care facilities, elderly
centers,  multipurpose  human   resource  centers,
emergency shelters for  the  homeless and shelters
for victims of  domestic  violence.  The financial
assistance  shall  be   in   the   form  of  state
grants-in-aid equal to  (1)  all or any portion of
the cost of  such  capital  development project if
the  grantee  is  a  qualified  private  nonprofit
corporation or (2) up to two-thirds of the cost of
such capital development project if the grantee is
a municipality, as determined by the commissioner.
    (b) The state, acting by and in the discretion
of the Commissioner  of Social Services, may enter
into a contract  with a municipality, [or] a human
resource  development  agency   OR   A   NONPROFIT
CORPORATION  for  state  financial  assistance  in
developing and operating  child  day  care centers
for children disadvantaged by reasons of economic,
social or environmental  conditions,  provided  no
such financial assistance  shall  be available for
the operating costs  of  any  such day care center
unless it has been licensed by the Commissioner of
Public  Health  pursuant  to  section  19a-80,  AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  33 OF THIS ACT. Such financial
assistance shall be  available  for a program of a
municipality, [or] of a human resource development
agency  OR  A   NONPROFIT  CORPORATION  which  may
provide   for  personnel,   equipment,   supplies,
activities, program materials  and  renovation and
remodeling of physical facilities of such day care
centers. Such contract  shall  provide  for  state
financial     assistance,     within     available
appropriations,   in   the   form   of   a   state
grant-in-aid (1) for a portion of the cost of such
program  as  determined  by  the  Commissioner  of
Social Services, if not federally assisted, or (2)
equal to one-half  of  the amount by which the net
cost  of  such   program   as   approved   by  the
commissioner  exceeds  the   federal  grant-in-aid
thereof. The Commissioner  of  Social Services may
authorize   child  day   care   centers   provided
financial assistance pursuant  to  this subsection
to apply a  program  surplus  to  the next program
year.   The  commissioner   shall   consult   with
directors   of   child   day   care   centers   in
establishing  fees  for   the  operation  of  such
centers.
    (c)  THE DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES,  IN
CONSULTATION WITH REPRESENTATIVES  FROM CHILD CARE
CENTERS,  WITHIN AVAILABLE  APPROPRIATIONS,  SHALL
DEVELOP GUIDELINES FOR STATE CONTRACTED CHILD CARE
CENTER  PROGRAMS.  THE  GUIDELINES  SHALL  INCLUDE
STANDARDS  FOR  PROGRAM  QUALITY  AND  DESIGN  AND
IDENTIFY SHORT AND LONG-TERM OUTCOMES FOR FAMILIES
PARTICIPATING IN SUCH  PROGRAMS. THE DEPARTMENT OF
SOCIAL SERVICES, WITHIN  AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS,
SHALL PROVIDE A  COPY  OF  SUCH GUIDELINES TO EACH
STATE CONTRACTED CHILD  CARE  CENTER.  EACH  STATE
CONTRACTED  CHILD  CARE   CENTER   SHALL  USE  THE
GUIDELINES TO DEVELOP  A  PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT PLAN
FOR THE NEXT  TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD AND SHALL SUBMIT
THE PLAN TO THE DEPARTMENT. THE PLAN SHALL INCLUDE
GOALS TO BE  USED  FOR MEASURING SUCH IMPROVEMENT.
THE DEPARTMENT SHALL  USE  THE PLAN TO MONITOR THE
PROGRESS OF THE CENTER.
    [(c)] (d) The  state,  acting  by  and  in the
discretion of the  commissioner  may  enter into a
contract  with  a   municipality,   [or]  a  human
resource  development  agency   OR   A   NONPROFIT
CORPORATION for state  financial  assistance for a
project  of  renovation  of  any  child  day  care
facility  receiving  assistance  pursuant  to  the
provisions of this  section, to make such facility
accessible to the physically disabled, in the form
of a state grant-in-aid equal to (1) the total net
cost  of  the   project   as   approved   by   the
commissioner or (2)  the total amount by which the
net  cost  of  the  project  as  approved  by  the
commissioner  exceeds  the   federal  grant-in-aid
thereof.
    [(d)]  (e)  Any   municipality,   [or]   human
resource  development  agency   OR   A   NONPROFIT
CORPORATION which enters  into a contract pursuant
to this section for state financial assistance for
a day care facility shall have sole responsibility
for the development  of the budget of the day care
program, including, but  not limited to, personnel
costs,   purchases   of    equipment,    supplies,
activities  and  program   materials,  within  the
resources  provided  by   the   state  under  said
contract. Upon local  determination of a change in
the type of day care service required in the area,
a municipality, [or]  human  resource  development
agency OR A  NONPROFIT CORPORATION may, within the
limits of its  annual  budget  and  subject to the
provisions of this  subsection and sections 19a-77
to 19a-80, inclusive,  AS AMENDED BY THIS ACT, and
19a-82 to 19a-87a,  inclusive,  AS AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, change its  day  care service. An application
to change the  type  of  child  day  care  service
provided shall be submitted to the Commissioner of
Social Services. Within  forty-five  days  of  his
receipt of the application, the commissioner shall
advise  the  municipality,   [or]  human  resource
development agency OR  A  NONPROFIT CORPORATION of
his   approval,   denial    or    approval    with
modifications   of   the   application.   If   the
commissioner  fails  to  act  on  the  application
within  forty-five  days  of  its  submittal,  the
application shall be deemed approved.
    [(e)] (f) The  Commissioner of Social Services
may in his  discretion  with  the  approval of the
Secretary of the  Office  of Policy and Management
authorize the expenditure  of  such  funds for the
purposes  of this  section  as  shall  enable  the
Commissioner  of Social  Services  to  apply  for,
qualify for and  provide  the  state's  share of a
federally assisted day care program.
    Sec. 21. Section 10-4o of the general statutes
is repealed and  the  following  is substituted in
lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   Department    of   Education,   in
conjunction   with  the   Department   of   Social
Services,  shall  coordinate   a  family  resource
center program to provide comprehensive child care
services,   remedial  educational   and   literacy
services,   families-in-training   programs    and
supportive services to  parents who are recipients
of  [aid  to  families  with  dependent  children]
TEMPORARY FAMILY ASSISTANCE  and  other parents in
need of such services. The family resource centers
shall be located  in  or  associated  with  public
schools.  The  Commissioner   of  Education  shall
determine the manner in which the grant recipients
of such program, such as municipalities, boards of
education  and  child   care  providers  shall  be
selected.  The  family   resource   center   shall
provide:  (1)  Quality  full-day  child  care  AND
SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS  for  children age three
and older who are not enrolled in school and child
care for children enrolled in school up to the age
of twelve for  before  and  after  regular  school
hours  and  on  a  full-day  basis  during  school
holidays and school  vacation,  in compliance with
all state statutes and regulations governing child
day  care; (2)  support  services  to  parents  of
newborn  infants  to  ascertain  their  needs  and
provide them with  referrals to other services and
organizations  and,  if  necessary,  education  in
parenting skills to  such parents; (3) support and
educational services to parents whose children are
participants of the  child  care  services  of the
program and who are interested in obtaining a high
school  diploma or  its  equivalent.  Parents  and
their preschool age children may attend classes in
parenting and child learning skills together so as
to promote the  mutual  pursuit  of  education and
enhance  parent-child interaction;  (4)  training,
technical  assistance and  other  support  by  the
staff of the  center  to family day care providers
in the community  and  serve as an information and
referral system for  other child care needs in the
community or coordinate  with  such systems as may
already   exist   in    the   community;   (5)   a
families-in-training  program to  provide,  within
available   appropriations,   community    support
services  to  expectant  parents  and  parents  of
children under the  age  of  three.  Such services
shall include, but  not  be  limited to, providing
information and advice to parents on their child's
language, cognitive, social and motor development,
visiting a participant's  home on a regular basis,
organizing  group  meetings   at  the  center  for
neighborhood  parents  of   young   children   and
providing a reference  center for parents who need
special assistance or  services. The program shall
provide  for  the   recruitment   of   parents  to
participate in such  program;  and  (6)  a sliding
scale of payment,  AS  DEVELOPED  IN  CONSULTATION
WITH THE DEPARTMENT  OF SOCIAL SERVICES, for [day]
CHILD care services  at  the  center.  The  center
shall also provide  a  teen  pregnancy  prevention
program  for adolescents  emphasizing  responsible
decision-making and communication skills.
    (b)   THE   DEPARTMENT    OF   EDUCATION,   IN
CONSULTATION  WITH  REPRESENTATIVES   FROM  FAMILY
RESOURCE CENTERS, WITHIN AVAILABLE APPROPRIATIONS,
SHALL  DEVELOP  GUIDELINES   FOR  FAMILY  RESOURCE
CENTER  PROGRAMS.  THE  GUIDELINES  SHALL  INCLUDE
STANDARDS  FOR  PROGRAM  QUALITY  AND  DESIGN  AND
IDENTIFY SHORT AND LONG-TERM OUTCOMES FOR FAMILIES
PARTICIPATING IN SUCH  PROGRAMS. THE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION, WITHIN AVAILABLE  APPROPRIATIONS, SHALL
PROVIDE A COPY  OF  SUCH GUIDELINES TO EACH FAMILY
RESOURCE CENTER. EACH FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER SHALL
USE   THE  GUIDELINES   TO   DEVELOP   A   PROGRAM
IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR  THE NEXT TWELVE-MONTH PERIOD
AND SHALL SUBMIT  THE  PLAN TO THE DEPARTMENT. THE
PLAN SHALL INCLUDE  GOALS TO BE USED FOR MEASURING
SUCH IMPROVEMENT. THE  DEPARTMENT  SHALL  USE  THE
PLAN TO MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THE CENTER. FAMILY
RESOURCE CENTERS IN  EXISTENCE  ON  JULY  1, 1997,
SHALL BE GIVEN  A PREFERENCE FOR GRANTS FOR SCHOOL
READINESS AWARDED BY  THE  DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
OR  THE DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL  SERVICES  AND  FOR
FINANCING PURSUANT TO  SECTIONS  12,  14 AND 16 OF
THIS ACT.
    (c)  THE  DEPARTMENT   OF   EDUCATION,  WITHIN
AVAILABLE  APPROPRIATIONS,  SHALL  PROVIDE  FOR  A
LONGITUDINAL  STUDY  OF  FAMILY  RESOURCE  CENTERS
EVERY THREE YEARS.
    [(b)] (d) The  Commissioner  of  Education may
provide  grants  to   municipalities,   boards  of
education and child  care  providers  to carry out
the purposes of  subsection  (a)  of this section.
Each family resource  center  shall have a program
administrator  who  has  at  least  two  years  of
experience in child care, public administration or
early childhood education and a master's degree in
child development, early  childhood education or a
related field.
    [(c)] (e) The  Commissioner  of  Education may
accept and receive  on behalf of the department or
any family resource  center,  subject  to  section
4b-22, any bequest,  devise  or  grant made to the
department or any  family  resource center for the
purpose  of establishing  a  new  family  resource
center or expanding  an  existing  center, and may
hold  and  use   such  property  for  the  purpose
specified in such bequest, devise or gift.
    Sec.  22.  Section   10-285a  of  the  general
statutes is amended  by  adding  subsection (e) as
follows:
    (NEW) (e) If  an  elementary  school  building
project for a new building or for the expansion of
an existing building  includes  space for a school
readiness  program,  the   percentage   determined
pursuant to this  section  shall  be  increased by
five percentage points,  but  shall not exceed one
hundred per cent,  for the portion of the building
used primarily for such purpose.
    Sec.  23.  Section   10a-180  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  purpose of  the  authority  shall  be  to
assist institutions for  higher  education, health
care institutions, nursing  homes,  CHILD  CARE OR
CHILD   DEVELOPMENT  FACILITIES,   and   qualified
nonprofit  organizations  in   the   construction,
financing and refinancing  of  projects,  and  for
this  purpose  the  authority  is  authorized  and
empowered:
    (a) To have  perpetual  succession  as  a body
politic and corporate  and to adopt bylaws for the
regulation of its  affairs  and the conduct of its
business;
    (b) To adopt  an  official  seal and alter the
same at pleasure;
    (c) To maintain  an  office  at  such place or
places as it may designate;
    (d) To sue  and  be  sued in its own name, and
plead and be impleaded;
    (e) To determine the location and character of
any project to be financed under the provisions of
this  chapter,  and   to  construct,  reconstruct,
renovate,  replace,  maintain,   repair,  operate,
lease, as lessee or lessor, and regulate the same,
to enter into  contracts  for  any  or all of such
purposes,  to  enter   into   contracts   for  the
management and operation  of  a  project,  and  to
designate a participating  institution  for higher
education,    a    participating    health    care
institution,   a  participating   corporation,   a
participating  nursing  home  or  a  participating
qualified nonprofit organization  as  its agent to
determine the location  and character of a project
undertaken by such  participating  institution for
higher  education, by  such  participating  health
care    institution,   by    such    participating
corporation, by such participating nursing home or
by   such   participating    qualified   nonprofit
organization under the  provisions of this chapter
and as the  agent  of the authority, to construct,
reconstruct, renovate, replace,  maintain, repair,
operate, lease, as  lessee or lessor, and regulate
the same, and,  as  the agent of the authority, to
enter  into contracts  for  any  or  all  of  such
purposes, including contracts  for  the management
and operation of such project;
    (f) To issue  bonds,  bond  anticipation notes
and other obligations  of the authority for any of
its corporate purposes,  and to fund or refund the
same, all as provided in this chapter;
    (g) Generally, to  fix and revise from time to
time and charge and collect rates, rents, fees and
charges  for the  use  of  and  for  the  services
furnished or to  be  furnished by a project or any
portion thereof and  to  contract with any person,
partnership, association or  corporation  or other
body public or private in respect thereof;
    (h) To establish rules and regulations for the
use of a  project  or  any  portion thereof and to
designate a participating  institution  for higher
education,    a    participating    health    care
institution,   a  participating   corporation,   a
participating nursing home  or qualified nonprofit
organization as its  agent  to establish rules and
regulations for the use of a project undertaken by
such   participating   institution    for   higher
education,  by  such   participating  health  care
institution, by such  participating corporation or
by such participating  nursing  home  or  by  such
participating qualified nonprofit organization;
    (i)    To   employ    consulting    engineers,
architects,  attorneys, accountants,  construction
and financial experts,  superintendents, managers,
and such other  employees  and  agents  as  may be
necessary  in  its  judgment,  and  to  fix  their
qualifications, duties and compensation;
    (j) To receive  and  accept  from  any  public
agency insurance, loans or grants for or in aid of
the  construction of  a  project  or  any  portion
thereof, and to  receive and accept loans, grants,
aid or contributions  from  any  source  of either
money, property, labor  or  other things of value,
to be held, used and applied only for the purposes
for   which   such    loans,   grants,   aid   and
contributions are made;
    (k)  To mortgage  any  project  and  the  site
thereof for the  benefit  of  the holders of bonds
issued to finance such project;
    (l)  To  make   loans   to  any  participating
institution   for   higher   education,   to   any
participating  health  care  institution,  to  any
participating  corporation, to  any  participating
nursing home and  to  any  participating qualified
nonprofit organization for  the  cost of a project
in  accordance  with   an  agreement  between  the
authority and such  participating  institution for
higher education, such  participating  health care
institution, such participating  corporation, such
participating nursing home  or  such participating
qualified nonprofit organization  and  to  utilize
the services of  an  agent in making such loans or
to   agree  to   purchase   federally   guaranteed
securities  from any  third  parties  making  such
loans; provided no  such  loan  shall  exceed  the
total cost of  the  project  as  determined by the
participating  institution for  higher  education,
the  participating health  care  institution,  the
participating   corporation,   the   participating
nursing  home  or   the   participating  qualified
nonprofit  organization,  and   approved   by  the
authority;
    (m)  To  make   loans   to   a   participating
institution   for   higher    education,    to   a
participating  health  care   institution,   to  a
participating  corporation,  to   a  participating
nursing  home  or  to  a  participating  qualified
nonprofit  organization, to  refinance  or  refund
outstanding  obligations  or   mortgages   on  the
project, or advances  issued  for  the  cost  of a
project,  made  or  given  by  such  participating
institution    for    higher    education,    such
participating   health  care   institution,   such
participating   corporation,  such   participating
nursing  home  or   such  participating  qualified
nonprofit organization, to utilize the services of
an agent in  making  such  loans  or  to  agree to
purchase federally guaranteed  securities from any
third parties making  such  loans  and to create a
security interest in revenues to be pledged to the
authority;
    (n) To charge to and equitably apportion among
participating institutions for  higher  education,
participating     health    care     institutions,
participating corporations, participating  nursing
homes   and  participating   qualified   nonprofit
organizations   its   administrative   costs   and
expenses incurred in  the  exercise  of the powers
and duties conferred by this chapter;
    (o) To acquire  and  to  agree  to acquire any
federally guaranteed security  and  to  pledge  or
otherwise  use  any   such   federally  guaranteed
security in such  manner as the authority deems in
its best interest to secure or otherwise provide a
source of repayment  on  any of its bonds or notes
or to agree  to  make  a loan to any participating
institution  for higher  education,  participating
health     care     institution,     participating
corporation,   participating   nursing   home   or
participating qualified nonprofit organization for
the  purpose  of   acquiring   and  entering  into
commitments to acquire  any  federally  guaranteed
security; provided that any agreement entered into
pursuant  to this  subdivision  may  contain  such
provisions as are deemed necessary or desirable by
the authority for  the  security  or protection of
the authority or  the  holders  of  its  bonds  or
notes; provided further  that the authority, prior
to  making any  such  acquisition,  commitment  or
loan,  shall agree  with  any  such  participating
institution  for higher  education,  participating
health     care     institution,     participating
corporation,   participating   nursing   home   or
participating qualified nonprofit  organization or
any other appropriate  institution  or corporation
to require that  the  proceeds  derived  from  the
acquisition  of  any   such  federally  guaranteed
security will be used for the purpose of financing
or refinancing any  project for such participating
institution  for higher  education,  participating
health     care     institution,     participating
corporation,   participating   nursing   home   or
participating qualified nonprofit organization;
    (p) To do  all  things necessary or convenient
to carry out  the  purposes  of  this  chapter. In
carrying out the  purposes  of  this  chapter, the
authority may undertake  a project for two or more
participating  institutions for  higher  education
jointly, two or  more  participating  health  care
institutions jointly, two  or  more  participating
corporations jointly, two  or  more  participating
nursing homes jointly or two or more participating
qualified nonprofit organizations  jointly, or for
any   combination   thereof    of    participating
institutions for higher  education,  participating
health     care    institutions,     participating
corporations,  participating  nursing   homes   or
participating  qualified nonprofit  organizations,
and,  thereupon,  all  other  provisions  of  this
chapter shall apply  to and for the benefit of the
authority and such joint participants;
    (q) To make  loans to any participating health
care institution, to any participating institution
for  higher  education,   to   any   participating
corporation,  or to  any  participating  qualified
nonprofit   organization   which   is   organized,
controlled  or  supervised   by   a   health  care
institution or an  institution of higher education
to finance or  refinance  the cost of a project to
be  used  to   provide   housing   and   auxiliary
facilities  for  staff   members,   employees   or
students of any  such  health  care institution or
institution   of  higher   education   and   their
immediate  families, for  physically  or  mentally
handicapped persons or  for any one or more of the
above purposes;
    (r) To make  and  enter into all contracts and
agreements   necessary  or   incidental   to   the
performance of its duties and the execution of its
powers under its  enabling  legislation, including
contracts  and agreements  for  such  professional
services as financial  consultants,  bond counsel,
underwriters, technical specialists,  as the board
of directors shall deem necessary;
    (s)  To  invest   any  funds  not  needed  for
immediate use or  disbursement,  including reserve
funds, in obligations  issued or guaranteed by the
United  States  of   America   or   the  state  of
Connecticut, including the  state's  short-term or
long-term   investment   fund,    and   in   other
obligations  which  are   legal   investments  for
savings banks in  this  state,  or  in  investment
agreements  with  financial   institutions   whose
short-term obligations are  rated  within  the top
two rating categories of any nationally recognized
rating service or of any rating service recognized
by  the  state   Commissioner   of   Banking,   or
investment agreements fully secured by obligations
of,  or  guaranteed   by,  the  United  States  or
agencies or instrumentalities of the United States
or in securities  or  obligations  which are legal
investments  for  savings  banks  in  this  state,
subject to repurchase  agreements in the manner in
which such agreements  are  negotiated in sales of
securities in the  market place, provided that the
authority shall not  enter into any such agreement
with any securities  dealer  or  bank  acting as a
securities dealer unless  such  dealer  or bank is
included in the list of primary dealers, effective
at the time  of such agreement, as prepared by the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York;
    (t) To adopt regular procedures for exercising
its power under  its  enabling  legislation not in
conflict with existing statutes.
    Sec.  24.  Section   12-634   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The  Commissioner of  Revenue  Services  shall
grant a credit  against  any  tax  due  under  the
provisions of chapter  207,  208, 209, 210, 211 or
212 in an  amount  not to exceed forty per cent of
the total cash  amount invested during the taxable
year by the  business firm in programs operated or
created pursuant to proposals approved pursuant to
section  12-632 for  planning,  site  preparation,
construction,   renovation   or   acquisition   of
facilities for purposes  of  establishing  a child
day care facility  to  be  used  primarily  by the
children of such  business  firm's  employees  and
equipment installed for  such  facility, including
kitchen  appliances,  to   the  extent  that  such
equipment or appliances  are  necessary in the use
of such facility  for  purposes of child day care,
provided: (1) Such  facility is operated under the
authority of a  license issued by the Commissioner
of  Public  Health  in  accordance  with  sections
19a-77 to 19a-87,  inclusive,  AS  AMENDED BY THIS
ACT, (2) such  facility is operated without profit
by  such business  firm  related  to  any  charges
imposed for the  use of such facility for purposes
of child day  care,  and  (3)  the  amount  of tax
credit  allowed  any   business   firm  under  the
provisions of this section for any income year may
not exceed [ten] FIFTY thousand dollars. If two or
more  business  firms   share   in   the  cost  of
establishing such a  facility  for the children of
their  employees,  each  such  taxpayer  shall  be
allowed such credit  in relation to the respective
share, paid or  incurred  by such taxpayer, of the
total expenditures for the facility in such income
year. The commissioner  shall  not  grant a credit
pursuant to this  section to any taxpayer claiming
a credit for  the same year pursuant to subsection
(c) of section  17b-740,  AS AMENDED BY SECTION 27
OF THIS ACT.
    Sec. 25. Subsection  (e)  of section 17a-28 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (e) The commissioner  or  his  designee shall,
upon request, promptly  provide copies of records,
without the consent  of  a  person,  to  (1) a law
enforcement agency, [and]  (2)  the  Chief State's
Attorney or his designee or a state's attorney for
the judicial district  in  which the child resides
or in which  the alleged abuse or neglect occurred
or his designee,  for purposes of investigating or
prosecuting  an  allegation   of  child  abuse  or
neglect, AND (3)  THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH,
WHICH LICENSES ANY PERSON TO CARE FOR CHILDREN FOR
THE PURPOSES OF  DETERMINING  SUITABILITY  OF SUCH
PERSON  FOR  LICENSURE.   The  commissioner  shall
disclose  to  such   law   enforcement  agency  or
attorney any part  of  a  record,  whether  or not
created   by   the    department,    provided   no
confidential record of the Superior Court shall be
disclosed  other  than   the   petition   and  any
affidavits filed therewith  in  the superior court
for juvenile matters,  except  upon  an order of a
judge of the  Superior Court for good cause shown.
The commissioner shall  also  disclose the name of
any   individual   who    cooperates    with    an
investigation  of  a  report  of  child  abuse  or
neglect to such  law enforcement agency or state's
attorney   for  purposes   of   investigating   or
prosecuting  an  allegation   of  child  abuse  or
neglect. THE COMMISSIONER  OR  HIS DESIGNEE SHALL,
UPON REQUEST, PROMPTLY  PROVIDE COPIES OF RECORDS,
WITHOUT THE CONSENT  OF  THE  PERSON,  TO  (A) THE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC  HEALTH  FOR  THE  PURPOSE OF
DETERMINING THE SUITABILITY  OF  A  PERSON TO CARE
FOR CHILDREN IN A FACILITY LICENSED UNDER SECTIONS
19a-77 TO 19a-80,  INCLUSIVE,  19a-82  TO  19a-87,
INCLUSIVE, AND 19a-87b,  AND (B) THE DEPARTMENT OF
SOCIAL SERVICES FOR DETERMINING THE SUITABILITY OF
A PERSON FOR  ANY  PAYMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT FOR
PROVIDING CHILD CARE.
    Sec.  26.  Section   17b-733  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    The Department of Social Services shall be the
lead  agency  for   child  day  care  services  in
Connecticut. The department  shall:  (1) Identify,
annually, existing child  day  care  services  and
maintain an inventory  of  all available services;
(2) provide technical  assistance  to corporations
and  private  agencies   in  the  development  and
expansion of child  day care services for families
at all income  levels, including families of their
employees  and clients;  (3)  study  and  identify
funding  sources  available  for  child  day  care
including  federal funds  and  tax  benefits;  (4)
study  the  cost  and  availability  of  liability
insurance  for  child   day  care  providers;  (5)
provide,  in  conjunction  with  the  [Department]
DEPARTMENTS  of Education  AND  HIGHER  EDUCATION,
ongoing  training for  child  day  care  providers
including  preparing  videotaped   workshops   and
distributing them to  cable stations for broadcast
on  public  access   stations,  and  seek  private
donations to fund  such  training;  (6)  ENCOURAGE
CHILD DAY CARE  SERVICES  TO OBTAIN ACCREDITATION;
(7) DEVELOP A RANGE OF FINANCING OPTIONS FOR CHILD
CARE SERVICES, INCLUDING  THE  USE OF A TAX EXEMPT
BOND  PROGRAM,  A   LOAN   GUARANTEE  PROGRAM  AND
ESTABLISHING A DIRECT  REVOLVING LOAN PROGRAM; (8)
PROMOTE  THE COLOCATION  OF  CHILD  DAY  CARE  AND
SCHOOL  READINESS  PROGRAMS  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
4b-31, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION 19 OF THIS ACT; (9)
ESTABLISH A PERFORMANCE-BASED  EVALUATION  SYSTEM;
(10) develop for  recommendation  to  the Governor
and  the  General  Assembly  measures  to  provide
incentives for the  private  sector to develop and
support expanded child  day  care  services; [(7)]
(11)  provide,  within   available  funds  and  in
conjunction  with  the   [JOBS]  TEMPORARY  FAMILY
ASSISTANCE program as  defined in section 17b-680,
child day care  to  public  assistance recipients;
[(8)]  (12)  develop   and   implement,  with  the
assistance of the  Child  Day Care Council and the
Departments  of Public  Health,  Social  Services,
Education,  Children and  Families,  Economic  and
Community Development and  Consumer  Protection, a
state-wide  coordinated child  day  care  training
system for providers  and  staff in child day care
centers, group day  care homes and family day care
homes; [(9)] (13)  plan  and implement a unit cost
reimbursement system for  state-funded  child  day
care services; and  [(10)] (14) report annually to
the  Governor and  the  General  Assembly  on  the
status of child  day  care  in  Connecticut.  Such
report shall include  (A)  an  itemization  of the
allocation of state  and  federal  funds for child
care programs; (B)  the  number of children served
under each program  so  funded; (C) the number and
type  of  such  programs,  providers  and  support
personnel;  [(D)  salaries   and   other  provider
compensation;  (E)]  (D)   state   activities   to
encourage  partnership  between   the  public  and
private sectors; [(F)] (E) average payments issued
by the state  for  both  part-time  and  full-time
child care; [(G)]  (F)  range of family income and
percentages  served  within  each  range  by  such
programs; and [(H)]  (G)  age  range  of  children
served.
    Sec. 27. Subsection  (c) of section 17b-740 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (c) Any business  firm which desires to pay or
incur  expenditures  in   any   income   year  for
planning,    site    preparation,    construction,
renovation or acquisition  of  facilities  for the
purposes of establishing a child day care facility
on  or off  site  and  purchasing  and  installing
equipment for permanent  use within or immediately
adjacent  to  such   facility,  including  kitchen
appliances, to the  extent  that such equipment or
appliances  are  necessary  in  the  use  of  such
facility for purposes of child day care, may apply
to the Commissioner  of  Social  Services  for  an
allocation  for a  tax  credit  in  an  amount  as
provided in section  17b-741,  provided  (1)  such
facility is operated  under  the  authority  of  a
license  issued  by  the  Commissioner  of  Public
Health  in accordance  with  sections  19a-77,  AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  32  OF  THIS  ACT,  19a-79  to
19a-87, inclusive, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, (2)
such facility is  operated  without  profit  or is
operated for profit  by  such  taxpayer related to
any charges imposed  for  the use of such facility
for purposes of  child day care and (3) the amount
of  tax credit  allowed  any  taxpayer  under  the
provisions of this  subsection for any income year
may not exceed [twenty] FIFTY thousand dollars. If
two  or  more  taxpayers  share  in  the  cost  of
establishing such a  facility  for the children of
their  employees,  each  such  taxpayer  shall  be
allowed such credit  in relation to the respective
share, paid or  incurred  by such taxpayer, of the
total expenditures for the facility in such income
year. No business  firm which regularly engages in
the construction or  operation  of  child day care
facilities shall be  eligible  for  any tax credit
under the provisions of this subsection.
    Sec.  28.  Section   17b-749  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    [The Commissioner of  Social  Services may, in
his discretion, purchase  services from or provide
day  care  subsidies   to  parents  for  day  care
services provided by  licensed  day  care centers,
licensed group day  care  homes, registered family
day care homes,  providers  giving day care in the
child's home and  a  relative  of the child giving
day care in  the relative's home. The commissioner
shall   establish   the    standard   of   initial
eligibility at a  level to include children living
in families with  income  up  to fifty per cent of
the state-wide median income, as from time to time
promulgated by the  Department of Health and Human
Services.  The  commissioner   may   increase  the
standard  of  initial   eligibility   to   include
children living in  families  with  income  up  to
seventy-five per cent  of  the  state-wide  median
income. Participating families  with  income  less
than seventy-five per  cent of the median shall at
a minimum continue  to be eligible until the child
attends school for  a  full  day. The commissioner
shall adopt regulations,  in  accordance  with the
provisions of chapter  54,  establishing  (1)  the
level of payment for such services; (2) a priority
intake  system for  the  lowest  income  families,
families with special needs and families with more
than one child  in  day  care; and (3) a procedure
for an annual  review  of the market rate for such
services as defined  by  federal law. The level of
payment shall be  based upon (A) the income of the
family, (B) the  age  and any special needs of the
child, (C) the  setting  of care, (D) the needs of
families with more than one child in day care, and
(E) geographic rate variations.]
    (a) THE COMMISSIONER  OF SOCIAL SERVICES SHALL
ESTABLISH AND OPERATE A CHILD CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM
TO INCREASE THE  AVAILABILITY,  AFFORDABILITY  AND
QUALITY OF CHILD CARE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES WITH A
PARENT OR CARETAKER WHO IS WORKING, ATTENDING HIGH
SCHOOL OR WHO  RECEIVES  CASH ASSISTANCE UNDER THE
TEMPORARY  FAMILY  ASSISTANCE   PROGRAM  FROM  THE
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES AND IS PARTICIPATING
IN AN APPROVED  EDUCATION,  TRAINING, OR OTHER JOB
PREPARATION ACTIVITY. SERVICES AVAILABLE UNDER THE
CHILD CARE PROGRAM  SHALL INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF
CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF
THIRTEEN OR CHILDREN  UNDER  THE  AGE  OF NINETEEN
WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
    (b) THE COMMISSIONER  SHALL  ESTABLISH  INCOME
STANDARDS FOR APPLICANTS AND RECIPIENTS AT A LEVEL
TO INCLUDE A  FAMILY WITH GROSS INCOME UP TO FIFTY
PER CENT OF  THE  STATE-WIDE MEDIAN INCOME, EXCEPT
THE COMMISSIONER MAY  INCREASE THE INCOME LEVEL TO
UP TO SEVENTY-FIVE  PER  CENT  OF  THE  STATE-WIDE
MEDIAN INCOME.
    (c)   THE   COMMISSIONER    SHALL    ESTABLISH
ELIGIBILITY AND PROGRAM  STANDARDS  INCLUDING, BUT
NOT  LIMITED  TO:   (1)   A  PRIORITY  INTAKE  AND
ELIGIBILITY  SYSTEM  WITH   PREFERENCE   GIVEN  TO
SERVING TEEN PARENTS,  LOW INCOME WORKING FAMILIES
AND WORKING FAMILIES  WHO  ARE  AT RISK OF WELFARE
DEPENDENCY; (2) HEALTH  AND  SAFETY  STANDARDS FOR
CHILD CARE PROVIDERS  NOT REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED;
(3) A REIMBURSEMENT SYSTEM FOR CHILD CARE SERVICES
WHICH ACCOUNT FOR  DIFFERENCES  IN  THE AGE OF THE
CHILD,  NUMBER OF  CHILDREN  IN  THE  FAMILY,  THE
GEOGRAPHIC REGION AND  TYPE  OF  CARE  PROVIDED BY
LICENSED AND UNLICENSED  CAREGIVERS,  THE COST AND
TYPE  OF  SERVICES   PROVIDED   BY   LICENSED  AND
UNLICENSED CAREGIVERS, AND  PROGRAM ACCREDITATION;
(4) SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENT  FOR SPECIAL NEEDS OF THE
CHILD AND EXTENDED  NONTRADITIONAL  HOURS;  (5) AN
ANNUAL  RATE REVIEW  PROCESS  WHICH  ASSURES  THAT
REIMBURSEMENT RATES ARE MAINTAINED AT LEVELS WHICH
PERMIT EQUAL ACCESS  TO  A  VARIETY  OF CHILD CARE
SETTINGS; (6) A  SLIDING  REIMBURSEMENT  SCALE FOR
PARTICIPATING  FAMILIES;  (7)   AN  ADMINISTRATIVE
APPEALS  PROCESS; (8)  AN  ADMINISTRATIVE  HEARING
PROCESS TO ADJUDICATE  CASES  OF ALLEGED FRAUD AND
ABUSE  AND  TO   IMPOSE   SANCTIONS   AND  RECOVER
OVERPAYMENTS; AND (9) A WAITING LIST FOR THE CHILD
CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAM  THAT  REFLECTS  THE PRIORITY
AND ELIGIBILITY SYSTEM  SET  FORTH  IN SUBDIVISION
(1) OF SUBSECTION  (c)  OF  THIS SECTION, WHICH IS
REVIEWED PERIODICALLY, WITH  THE INCLUSION OF THIS
INFORMATION IN THE  ANNUAL  REPORT  REQUIRED TO BE
ISSUED  ANNUALLY  BY   THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL
SERVICES TO THE  GOVERNOR AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
IN ACCORDANCE WITH  SUBDIVISION  (10)  OF  SECTION
17b-733, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION  26  OF THIS ACT.
SUCH ACTION WILL  INCLUDE,  BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO,
FAMILY INCOME, AGE  OF  CHILD, REGION OF STATE AND
LENGTH OF TIME ON SUCH WAITING LIST.
    (d) ON OR  AFTER  JANUARY  1, 1998, A PROVIDER
UNDER  THE  CHILD   CARE   SUBSIDY   PROGRAM  THAT
QUALIFIES   FOR   ELIGIBILITY   AND   SUBSEQUENTLY
RECEIVES  PAYMENT  FOR  CHILD  CARE  SERVICES  FOR
RECIPIENTS UNDER THIS  SECTION SHALL BE REIMBURSED
FOR SUCH SERVICES UNTIL INFORMED BY THE DEPARTMENT
OF SOCIAL SERVICES OF THE PARENT'S INELIGIBILITY.
    (e)  ALL LICENSED  CHILD  CARE  PROVIDERS  AND
THOSE  PROVIDERS  EXEMPT   FROM   LICENSING  SHALL
PROVIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES WITH THE
FOLLOWING  INFORMATION  IN   ORDER   TO   MAINTAIN
ELIGIBILITY  FOR  REIMBURSEMENT:   (1)  THE  NAME,
ADDRESS,   APPROPRIATE   IDENTIFICATION,    SOCIAL
SECURITY  NUMBER  AND   TELEPHONE  NUMBER  OF  THE
PROVIDER AND ALL  ADULTS WHO WORK FOR OR RESIDE AT
THE LOCATION WHERE  CARE IS PROVIDED; (2) THE NAME
AND ADDRESS OF  THE  CHILD'S  DOCTOR, PRIMARY CARE
PROVIDER AND HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY; (3) WHETHER
THE CHILD IS  IMMUNIZED  AND  HAS HAD EPSDT HEALTH
SCREENS; AND (4)  THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN CARED FOR
BY THE PROVIDER.
    (f)  ON  OR   AFTER   JANUARY   1,  1998,  THE
COMMISSIONER   SHALL   ADOPT    REGULATIONS,    IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE  PROVISIONS  OF CHAPTER 54, TO
IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.
    Sec.  29. (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Social
Services  may,  within  available  appropriations,
upon  submission  of   a  request  by  a  facility
operating a child  care  program  that is financed
with tax exempt  or  taxable  bonds issued through
the Connecticut Health  and Educational Facilities
Authority, allow actual debt service, comprised of
principal, interest and  premium,  if  any, on the
loan or loans,  a  debt  service  reserve fund and
reasonable   repair   and   replacement   reserve,
provided such debt  service  terms and amounts are
determined by the  commissioner,  at  the time the
loan is entered into, to be reasonable in relation
to the useful life and base value of the property.
    Sec.  30. (NEW)  The  Commissioner  of  Social
Services  shall  establish   health   and   safety
standards,  within available  appropriations,  for
the Child Care  Subsidy  Program. The commissioner
shall  adopt  regulations,   in   accordance  with
chapter 54 of  the  general  statutes, which shall
include, but not be limited to, the following: (1)
A requirement for  the  provider  or  relative  to
apply for reimbursement  from  the  Department  of
Social  Services;  (2)   a   requirement  for  the
provider  or  relative   to   provide   reasonable
confirmation of physical  premises safety pursuant
to 45 CFR  Part  98.41; and (3) minimum health and
safety  training  appropriate   to   the  provider
setting  and  the   prevention   and   control  of
infectious diseases, including  immunization.  The
commissioner      shall,     within      available
appropriations,  distribute  information   on  the
availability of health  and  safety  training  and
assistance.
    Sec. 31. Section  8  of  public  act 96-262 is
repealed and the  following is substituted in lieu
thereof:
    (a) Notwithstanding any  provision of sections
19a-80, AS AMENDED  BY SECTION 33 OF THIS ACT, and
19a-87 of the  general statutes, [as amended,] the
Commissioner  of  Public   Health  may  establish,
within available appropriations, a limited amnesty
program in effect  commencing October 1, 1996, and
ending  September  30,   [1997]   1998,   for  any
unlicensed family day  care  home,  [or] group day
care home that voluntarily comes forth during said
calendar [year] YEARS to apply for licensure. Such
program shall exempt  [such]  a  family  day  care
home, or group  day  care home from ANY penalties,
INCLUDING  RETROACTIVE  PENALTIES,  for  operating
without a license  if  a  plan for compliance with
the  applicable  statutes   and   regulations   is
developed and agreed  to  by  the commissioner and
such family day  care  home,  [or]  group day care
home. SUCH FAMILY  DAY  CARE  HOMES  AND GROUP DAY
CARE HOMES SHALL  BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE OPERATING
WHILE PARTICIPATING IN SAID AMNESTY PROGRAM.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
conduct a community  outreach  program  and  media
campaign to notify  the  public  of  such  amnesty
program. The commissioner  may  allocate grants or
loans to such  unlicensed  day  care homes to meet
the standards of licensure.
    Sec. 32. Subsection  (a)  of section 19a-77 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) As used  in  sections  19a-77  to  19a-80,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and 19a-82 to
19a-87, inclusive, "child day care services" shall
include:
    (1) A "child  day care center" which offers or
provides a program  of  supplementary care to more
than twelve related  or unrelated children outside
their own homes on a regular basis; [for a part of
the twenty-four hours  in  one or more days in the
week;]
    (2) A "group  day  care  home" which offers or
provides a program  of  supplementary  care to not
less than seven  nor  more  than twelve related or
unrelated children on a regular basis; [for a part
of the twenty-four  hours  in  one or more days in
the week;]
    (3) A "family day care home" which consists of
a private family home caring for not more than six
children, including the  provider's  own  children
not in school  full  time,  where the children are
cared for not less than three nor more than twelve
hours during a  twenty-four-hour  period and where
care  is given  on  a  regularly  recurring  basis
except that care  may  be  provided  in  excess of
twelve  hours  but   not   more  than  seventy-two
consecutive  hours  to   accommodate  a  need  for
extended care or intermittent short-term overnight
care. During the regular school year, a maximum of
three additional children  who  are in school full
time, including the provider's own children, shall
be permitted, except that if the provider has more
than three children  who  are in school full time,
all of the provider's children shall be permitted;
    (4) "NIGHT CARE"  MEANS  THE CARE PROVIDED FOR
ONE OR MORE  HOURS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10:00 P.M.
AND 5:00 A.M.;
    (5) "YEAR-ROUND" PROGRAMS MEANS A PROGRAM OPEN
AT LEAST FIFTY WEEKS PER YEAR.
    (b) For registration and licensing requirement
purposes,  child  day   care  services  shall  not
include such services  which  are (1) administered
by a public  school  system, (2) administered by a
private school which is in compliance with section
10-188 and is  approved  by  the  State  Board  of
Education  or  is  accredited  by  an  accrediting
agency recognized by the State Board of Education,
(3) recreation operations  such as but not limited
to  library  programs,  boys'  and  girls'  clubs,
church-related  activities, scouting,  camping  or
community-youth     programs,     (4)     informal
arrangements among neighbors or relatives in their
own homes, or (5) drop-in supplementary child care
operations where parents  are  on the premises for
educational or recreational purposes and the child
receives such care  infrequently.  For purposes of
subdivision  (4)  of  this  subsection,  the  term
"relative" is limited  to  any  of  the  following
degrees of kinship  by  blood  or  marriage to the
child being cared for or to a parent of the child:
Child, grandchild, sibling,  niece,  nephew, aunt,
uncle or child of one's aunt or uncle.
    (c) No registrant or licensee of any child day
care services as defined in subsection (a) of this
section shall be issued an additional registration
or license to  provide  any  such  services at the
same facility.
    Sec.  33.  Section   19a-80   of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No person,  group of persons, association,
organization, corporation, institution  or agency,
public or private, shall maintain a child day care
center or group  day  care  home without a license
issued  in  accordance  with  sections  19a-77  to
19a-80, inclusive, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, and
19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive. Applications for such
license  shall be  made  to  the  Commissioner  of
Public Health on  forms  provided by him and shall
contain the information  required  by  regulations
adopted  under  said  sections.  The  forms  shall
contain  a  notice   that  false  statements  made
therein are punishable  in accordance with section
53a-157b.
    (b)  Upon receipt  of  an  application  for  a
license, the Commissioner  of  Public Health shall
issue  such  license   if,   upon  inspection  and
investigation, he finds  that  the  applicant, the
facilities  and  the   program  meet  the  health,
educational and social needs of children likely to
attend the child day care center or group day care
home and comply  with  requirements established by
regulations  adopted  under   sections  19a-77  to
19a-80, inclusive, AS  AMENDED  BY  THIS  ACT, and
19a-82 to 19a-87, inclusive. Each license except a
temporary license shall  be  for  a  term  of  two
years, shall be  inalienable,  may be renewed upon
terms and conditions established by regulation and
may be suspended  or  revoked  after notice and an
opportunity for a  hearing  as provided in section
19a-84   for   violation    of   the   regulations
promulgated  under  sections   19a-77  to  19a-80,
inclusive, AS AMENDED  BY  THIS ACT, and 19a-82 to
19a-87, inclusive. The  commissioner  may  issue a
temporary license for  a  term  of  six months and
renewable for another  six months, upon such terms
and conditions as shall be provided in regulations
adopted under said  sections.  The Commissioner of
Public Health shall collect from the licensee of a
day care center  a  fee of two hundred dollars for
each license issued  or  renewed for a term of two
years  and  a   fee  of  fifty  dollars  for  each
temporary license issued  or renewed for a term of
six  months. The  Commissioner  of  Public  Health
shall collect from  the  licensee  of  a group day
care home a  fee  of  one hundred dollars for each
license issued or  renewed for a term of two years
and a fee  of  thirty  dollars  for each temporary
license  issued or  renewed  for  a  term  of  six
months.
    (c)  ON  AND   AFTER   OCTOBER  1,  1997,  THE
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC  HEALTH,  WITHIN  AVAILABLE
APPROPRIATIONS, SHALL REQUEST  A  CRIMINAL RECORDS
CHECK OF EACH  PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEE OF A CHILD DAY
CARE CENTER OR  GROUP  DAY CARE HOME IN A POSITION
REQUIRING THE PROVISION  OF  CARE TO A CHILD. SUCH
CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK SHALL BE REQUESTED FROM THE
STATE  POLICE BUREAU  OF  IDENTIFICATION  AND  THE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF  INVESTIGATION. THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL ALSO REQUEST  A  CHECK  OF  THE  STATE CHILD
ABUSE  REGISTRY ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
17a-101k.  A  FEE   SHALL   BE   CHARGED   BY  THE
COMMISSIONER  FOR  EACH   SUCH  NATIONAL  CRIMINAL
HISTORY RECORDS CHECK  WHICH SHALL BE EQUAL TO THE
FEE CHARGED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
FOR  PERFORMING  SUCH  CHECK.  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF
PUBLIC HEALTH SHALL  REIMBURSE  THE  DEPARTMENT OF
PUBLIC SAFETY FOR  THE  ACTUAL COST FOR A NATIONAL
CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS  CHECK.  PURSUANT  TO THE
INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT PROVIDED FOR IN SECTION 6 OF
THIS ACT, THE  DEPARTMENT  OF  SOCIAL SERVICES MAY
AGREE TO TRANSFER  FUNDS APPROPRIATED FOR CRIMINAL
RECORDS CHECKS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH.
NOT MORE THAN  THREE  MONTHS  AFTER  THE EFFECTIVE
DATE OF THIS  ACT,  THE  COMMISSIONER SHALL NOTIFY
EACH   LICENSEE  OF   THE   PROVISIONS   OF   THIS
SUBSECTION.
    Sec.  34.  Section   19a-80e  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    Each child day  care center and group day care
home, as defined  in section 19a-77, AS AMENDED BY
SECTION 32 OF  THIS  ACT,  that  is  funded by the
state pursuant to  section  8-210,  AS  AMENDED BY
SECTION  20 OF  THIS  ACT,  17b-737,  17b-740,  AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  27  OF  THIS  ACT,  17b-741 or
17b-752 shall: [provide]  (1) PROVIDE for parents'
participation in setting  goals for and evaluating
the progress of their children; (2) ASSIST PARENTS
WITH  THEIR  RESPONSIBILITY   OF  EDUCATING  THEIR
CHILDREN; (3) ASSIST PARENTS IN WORKING WITH CHILD
DAY CARE PROGRAMS, COMMUNICATING WITH TEACHERS AND
OTHER  CHILD  DAY   CARE  PROGRAM  PERSONNEL,  AND
PARTICIPATING  IN  DECISIONS   RELATING   TO   THE
EDUCATION OF THEIR CHILDREN; (4) ASSIST STAFF WITH
THEIR RESPONSIBILITY OF  WORKING  WITH THE CHILD'S
PARENTS TO PROMOTE  PARENT-EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS;
AND (5) TAKE  OTHER  ACTIONS, WHEN APPROPRIATE, TO
SUPPORT THE ACTIVE  INVOLVEMENT  OF  PARENTS  WITH
CHILD DAY CARE PROGRAMS, SCHOOL PERSONNEL AND WITH
THE TRANSITION TO SCHOOL RELATED ORGANIZATIONS.
    Sec. 35. Subsection  (a) of section 19a-87a of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Public  Health shall
have the discretion  to  refuse  to  license under
sections 19a-77 to  19a-80,  inclusive, AS AMENDED
BY THIS ACT,  and  19a-82  to 19a-87, inclusive, a
person to conduct,  operate or maintain a day care
center or a  group  day  care  home, as defined in
section 19a-77, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 32 OF THIS
ACT, or to  suspend  or revoke the license or take
any other action  set forth in regulation that may
be adopted pursuant  to  section  19a-79  if,  the
person who owns,  conducts,  maintains or operates
such center or  home  or a person employed therein
in a position connected with the provision of care
to a child  receiving child day care services, has
been convicted IN THIS STATE OR ANY OTHER STATE of
a felony as  defined  in  section 53a-25 INVOLVING
THE  USE,  ATTEMPTED  USE  OR  THREATENED  USE  OF
PHYSICAL FORCE AGAINST  ANOTHER PERSON, OF cruelty
to persons under  section 53-20, injury or risk of
injury to or  impairing  morals  of children under
section 53-21, abandonment  of  children under the
age of six  years  under  section  53-23,  [sexual
contact  in  the   fourth   degree  under  section
53a-73a] OR ANY  FELONY  WHERE  THE  VICTIM OF THE
FELONY IS A  CHILD UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, OR
OF  A  VIOLATION   OF   SECTION  53a-70,  53a-70a,
53a-70b, 53a-71, 53a-72a,  53a-72b  OR 53a-73a, or
has a criminal  record  IN THIS STATE OR ANY OTHER
STATE that the  commissioner  reasonably  believes
renders the person  unsuitable  to  own,  conduct,
operate or maintain  or be employed by a child day
care center or  group  day  care home. However, no
refusal of a  license  shall be rendered except in
accordance with the  provisions of sections 46a-79
to 46a-81, inclusive.
    Sec.  36.  Section   19a-87b  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) No person,  group of persons, association,
organization, corporation, institution  or agency,
public or private,  shall  maintain  a  family day
care  home,  as  defined  in  section  19a-77,  AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  32  OF  THIS  ACT,  without  a
license  issued  by  the  Commissioner  of  Public
Health. Licensure forms shall be obtained from the
Department  of  Public  Health.  Applications  for
licensure shall be  made  to  the  Commissioner of
Public Health on  forms provided by the department
and  shall contain  the  information  required  by
regulations  adopted  under   this   section.  The
licensure and application  forms  shall  contain a
notice  that false  statements  made  therein  are
punishable in accordance  with  section  53a-157b.
Applicants shall state,  in writing, that they are
in compliance with  the regulations adopted by the
Commissioner   of  Public   Health   pursuant   to
subsection (b) of  this  section.  Before a family
day care home  license  is granted, the department
shall  make an  inquiry  and  investigation  which
shall  include  a  visit  and  inspection  of  the
premises for which  the  license is requested. Any
inspection  conducted  by   the  department  shall
include an inspection  for evident sources of lead
poisoning.  The department  shall  provide  for  a
chemical analysis of any paint chips found on such
premises. The commissioner  shall  not  require an
annual  inspection  for   homes   seeking  license
renewal or for  licensed  homes  except  that  the
commissioner shall make unannounced visits, during
customary business hours, to at least thirty-three
and one-third per  cent of the licensed family day
care homes each  year.  A licensed family day care
home shall not be subject to any conditions on the
operation of such  home  by local officials, other
than those imposed  by  the department pursuant to
this subsection, if  the  home  complies  with all
local codes and  ordinances  applicable  to single
and multifamily dwellings.
    (b)  ON  AND   AFTER   OCTOBER  1,  1997,  THE
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC  HEALTH,  WITHIN  AVAILABLE
APPROPRIATIONS, SHALL REQUEST  A  CRIMINAL RECORDS
CHECK OF EACH  INITIAL  APPLICANT  OR  PROSPECTIVE
EMPLOYEE OF A  FAMILY  DAY CARE HOME IN A POSITION
REQUIRING THE PROVISION  OF  CARE TO A CHILD. SUCH
CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK  SHALL BE REQUIRED FROM THE
STATE  POLICE BUREAU  OF  IDENTIFICATION  AND  THE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF  INVESTIGATION. THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL ALSO REQUEST  A  CHECK  OF  THE  STATE CHILD
ABUSE  REGISTRY ESTABLISHED  PURSUANT  TO  SECTION
17a-101k.  A  FEE   SHALL   BE   CHARGED   BY  THE
COMMISSIONER  FOR  EACH   SUCH  NATIONAL  CRIMINAL
HISTORY RECORDS CHECK  WHICH SHALL BE EQUAL TO THE
FEE CHARGED BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
FOR  PERFORMING  SUCH  CHECK.  THE  DEPARTMENT  OF
PUBLIC HEALTH SHALL  REIMBURSE  THE  DEPARTMENT OF
PUBLIC SAFETY FOR  THE  ACTUAL COST FOR A NATIONAL
CRIMINAL  HISTORY RECORDS  CHECK.  NOT  MORE  THAN
THREE MONTHS AFTER THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ACT,
THE COMMISSIONER SHALL NOTIFY EACH LICENSEE OF THE
PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION.
    [(b)] (c) The  Commissioner  of  Public Health
shall adopt regulations,  in  accordance  with the
provisions of chapter  54,  to  assure that family
day care homes,  as  defined in section 19a-77, AS
AMENDED BY SECTION  32 OF THIS ACT, shall meet the
health, educational and  social  needs of children
utilizing  such  homes.   Such  regulations  shall
ensure that the family day care home is treated as
a residence, and  not  an  institutional facility.
Such regulations shall  specify that each child be
protected   as   age-appropriate    by    adequate
immunization   against   diphtheria,    pertussis,
tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles,  mumps,  rubella,
hemophilus influenzae type B and any other vaccine
required by the  schedule  of  active immunization
adopted   pursuant   to   section   19a-7f.   Such
regulations shall provide  appropriate  exemptions
for  children  for   whom   such  immunization  is
medically contraindicated and  for  children whose
parents object to  such  immunization on religious
grounds.  Such  regulations   shall  also  specify
conditions  under  which   family  day  care  home
providers may administer  medicinal  preparations,
including  controlled  drugs   specified   in  the
regulations  by  the   commissioner,  to  a  child
receiving day care  services  at a family day care
home pursuant to  a  written  order of a physician
licensed to practice  medicine  in this or another
state,  an  advanced   practice  registered  nurse
licensed to prescribe  in  accordance with section
20-94a  or  a   physician  assistant  licensed  to
prescribe in accordance  with  section 20-12d, and
the written authorization  of a parent or guardian
of  such child.  Such  regulations  shall  specify
appropriate  standards  for   extended   care  and
intermittent short-term overnight care.
    [(c)] (d) Applications  for  initial licensure
under this section  shall  be accompanied by a fee
of ten dollars  and  such licenses shall be issued
for a term  of one year, except that, on and after
December  31, 1995,  such  applications  shall  be
accompanied by a  fee  of  twenty dollars and such
licenses shall be  issued for a term of two years.
Applications for renewal of licenses granted under
this section shall  be accompanied by a fee of ten
dollars and such  licenses  shall be renewed for a
term  of  one  year,  except  that,  for  licenses
expiring  on  and   after   December   31,   1995,
applications for renewal shall be accompanied by a
fee of twenty  dollars  and such licenses shall be
renewed for a  term  of two years. No such license
shall be renewed  unless  the  licensee  certifies
that the children  enrolled in the family day care
home have received age-appropriate immunization in
accordance with regulations  adopted  pursuant  to
subsection (b) of this section.
    Sec.  37.  Section   19a-87e  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed   and   the   following  is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a) The Commissioner  of  Public  Health shall
have the discretion  to  refuse  to  license under
section 19a-87b, AS  AMENDED BY SECTION 36 OF THIS
ACT, a person to own, conduct, operate or maintain
a family day  care  home,  as  defined  in section
19a-77, AS AMENDED  BY  SECTION 32 OF THIS ACT, or
to suspend or revoke the license or take any other
action that may  be  set  forth in regulation that
may be adopted  pursuant  to section 19a-79 if the
person who owns,  conducts,  maintains or operates
the  home, or  a  person  employed  therein  in  a
position connected with the provision of care to a
child receiving child  day care services, has been
convicted, IN THIS  STATE  OR ANY OTHER STATE of a
felony as defined  in section 53a-25 INVOLVING THE
USE, ATTEMPTED USE  OR  THREATENED USE OF PHYSICAL
FORCE AGAINST ANOTHER  PERSON,  or  has a criminal
record IN THIS  STATE  OR ANY OTHER STATE that the
commissioner  reasonably  believes   renders   the
person  unsuitable to  own,  conduct,  operate  or
maintain or be employed by a family day care home,
or if such  persons  or  a  person residing in the
household has been  convicted IN THIS STATE OR ANY
OTHER STATE of  cruelty  to  persons under section
53-20, injury or  risk  of  injury to or impairing
morals   of   children    under   section   53-21,
abandonment of children under the age of six years
under section 53-23, [sexual assault in the fourth
degree under section 53a-73a,] OR ANY FELONY WHERE
THE VICTIM OF THE FELONY IS A CHILD UNDER EIGHTEEN
YEARS  OF AGE,  A  VIOLATION  OF  SECTION  53a-70,
53a-70a,  53a-70b,  53a-71,  53a-72a,  53a-72b  OR
53a-73a, illegal manufacture,  distribution, sale,
prescription, dispensing or  administration  under
section 21a-277 or  21a-278, or illegal possession
under section 21a-279,  or  if  such  person, or a
person employed therein  in  a  position connected
with the provision  of  care  to a child receiving
child  day  care   services,   either   fails   to
substantially comply with  the regulations adopted
pursuant to section 19a-87b, AS AMENDED BY SECTION
36 OF THIS ACT, or conducts, operates or maintains
the home in  a  manner which endangers the health,
safety and welfare of the children receiving child
day  care  services.  However,  no  refusal  of  a
license shall be  rendered  except  in  accordance
with the provisions  of sections 46a-79 to 46a-81,
inclusive.  Any  person  whose  license  has  been
revoked  pursuant  to   this   section   shall  be
ineligible to apply  for a license for a period of
one year from the effective date of revocation.
    (b) When the  Commissioner  of  Public  Health
intends to refuse  a  license  or  to  suspend  or
revoke a license  or take any other action against
a license set forth in regulation adopted pursuant
to section 19a-79,  he  shall  notify  the license
applicant or license  holder  in  writing  of  his
intended action. The  license applicant or license
holder may, if  aggrieved by such intended action,
make application for a hearing in writing over his
signature  to  the   commissioner.  The  aggrieved
person shall state  in  the  application  in plain
language  the  reasons   why   he   claims  to  be
aggrieved. The application  shall  be delivered to
the Commissioner of  Public  Health  within thirty
days  of  the   aggrieved   person's   receipt  of
notification   of   the   intended   action.   The
commissioner shall thereupon hold a hearing within
sixty days from  receipt  thereof  and  shall,  at
least ten days  prior to the date of such hearing,
mail a notice,  giving the time and place thereof,
to such aggrieved person.
    (c) Any person  who  is  licensed  to conduct,
operate or maintain  a  family day care home shall
notify the commissioner  of  any conviction of the
owner, conductor, operator  or  maintainer  of the
family day care  home or of any person residing in
the household or  any person employed therein in a
position connected with the provision of care to a
child receiving child  day  care  services,  of  a
crime which affects  the commissioner's discretion
under subsection (a)  of this section, immediately
upon  obtaining  knowledge   of  such  conviction.
Failure   to   comply    with   the   notification
requirement  may  result   in  the  suspension  or
revocation of the license or take any other action
against a license  set forth in regulation adopted
pursuant to section  19a-79  and shall subject the
licensee to a  civil  penalty of not more than one
hundred dollars per  day  for  each  day after the
person obtained knowledge of the conviction.
    (d) It shall  be a class A misdemeanor for any
person seeking employment  in a position connected
with the provision  of  care  to a child receiving
family day care  home  services  to  make  a false
written   statement   regarding   prior   criminal
convictions pursuant to  a  form bearing notice to
the  effect  that   such   false   statements  are
punishable, which statement he does not believe to
be true and is intended to mislead the prospective
employer.
    (e)  Any person  having  reasonable  cause  to
believe that a family day care home, as defined in
section 19a-77, AS  AMENDED  BY SECTION 32 OF THIS
ACT, is operating  without  a  current  and  valid
license or in violation of the regulations adopted
under section 19a-87b, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 36 OF
THIS  ACT,  or  in  a  manner  which  may  pose  a
potential danger to the health, welfare and safety
of a child  receiving child day care services, may
report  such information  to  any  office  of  the
Department of Public  Health. The department shall
investigate  any  report   or  complaint  received
pursuant  to this  subsection.  The  name  of  the
person making the report or complaint shall not be
disclosed unless (1)  such person consents to such
disclosure,  (2)  a   judicial  or  administrative
proceeding  results therefrom  or  (3)  a  license
action pursuant to  subsection (a) of this section
results therefrom. All  records  obtained  by  the
department   in   connection    with    any   such
investigation  shall  not   be   subject   to  the
provisions of section  1-19 for a period of thirty
days from the  date of the petition or other event
initiating such investigation,  or until such time
as the investigation  is  terminated pursuant to a
withdrawal or other  informal disposition or until
a hearing is  convened  pursuant  to  chapter  54,
whichever  is  earlier.   A  formal  statement  of
charges issued by  the department shall be subject
to the provisions  of  section  1-19 from the time
that it is  served  or  mailed  to the respondent.
Records which are  otherwise  public records shall
not be deemed  confidential  merely  because  they
have  been  obtained   in   connection   with   an
investigation under this section.
    Sec. 38. (NEW)  (a)  On  and  after January 1,
1998, the Commissioner  of  Social Services shall,
within   available   appropriations,   request   a
criminal records check  for any person, other than
a relative, providing  child  care  services  to a
child in the  child's  home  who  receives a child
care  subsidy  from   the   Department  of  Social
Services. Such criminal  records  check  shall  be
requested  from  the   State   Police   Bureau  of
Identification   and   the   Federal   Bureau   of
Investigation. The commissioner shall also request
a  check  of   the   state  child  abuse  registry
established pursuant to  section  17a-101k  of the
general statutes. A  fee  shall  be charged by the
commissioner  for  each   such  national  criminal
history records check  which shall be equal to the
fee charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
for  performing  such  check.  The  Department  of
Social Services shall  reimburse the Department of
Public Safety for  the  actual cost for a national
criminal history records check.
    (b) The Commissioner  of Social Services shall
have the discretion  to  refuse payments for child
care  under  any   financial   assistance  program
administered by him  if  the person providing such
child care has been convicted in this state or any
other state of  a  felony,  as  defined in section
53a-25 of the general statutes, involving the use,
attempted use or  threatened use of physical force
against  another person,  of  cruelty  to  persons
under section 53-20,  injury  or risk of injury to
or  impairing morals  of  children  under  section
53-21, abandonment of  children  under  the age of
six years under  section 53-23 or any felony where
the victim of the felony is a child under eighteen
years of age, or of a violation of section 53a-70,
53a-70a,  53a-70b,  53a-71,  53a-72a,  53a-72b  or
53a-73a of the general statutes, or has a criminal
record  or was  the  subject  of  a  substantiated
report of child  abuse  in this state or any other
state that the  commissioner  reasonably  believes
renders the person  unsuitable  to  provide  child
care.
    Sec.  39. Notwithstanding  the  provisions  of
section 4 of  this  act,  the mayor of the City of
Hartford, the superintendent  of  schools  and the
Hartford  Foundation  for   Public   Giving  shall
jointly  convene  and   appoint   a  local  school
readiness council composed  of:  (1) The mayor, or
his designee, and  one additional person appointed
by the mayor;  (2)  the superintendent of schools,
or  a  management   level   staff  person  as  her
designee, and one  additional  person appointed by
the superintendent; and  (3)  a  representative of
the  Hartford Foundation  for  Public  Giving  and
representatives of the  following groups appointed
by the representative from the Hartford Foundation
for  Public  Giving:  (A)  Municipal  leaders  and
employees such as community social workers, public
health officials and  children's  librarians;  (B)
parents; (C) representatives  of  local  programs,
such as prekindergarten programs, nursery schools,
Head  Start  programs,  family  resource  centers,
nonprofit and for-profit child care centers, group
day care homes,  family  day  care home providers,
family  resource centers  and  early  intervention
programs; (D) organizations that train or accredit
child care providers;  and  (E)  higher  education
institutions and hospitals  in  the area and local
community  organizations,  business  organizations
and  foundations.  The   local   school  readiness
council shall be  cochaired  by the representative
of the Hartford  Foundation  for Public Giving and
by a member  elected  at  large  by  the  council.
Hartford's   school  readiness   plan   shall   be
submitted by the  mayor  and the superintendent of
schools and approved by the local school readiness
council and the  board  of the Hartford Foundation
for Public Giving  which  shall  act as the fiscal
agent  for  the  council.  As  fiscal  agent,  the
Hartford  Foundation  for   Public   Giving  shall
approve   all  related   expenditures   it   deems
consistent  with  the  approved  plan.  The  local
school readiness council  established  pursuant to
this section shall terminate on June 30, 2001, and
a new school  readiness  council shall be convened
in accordance with  the provisions of section 4 of
this act.
    Sec.  40.  Section  17b-749b  of  the  general
statutes is repealed.
    Sec. 41. This  act  shall  take effect July 1,
1997,  except  sections   24   and   27  shall  be
applicable to income  years commencing on or after
January 1, 1998.

Approved June 26, 1997