OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-48

AN ACT CONCERNING NUTRITION STANDARDS FOR CHILD CARE SETTINGS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Early Childhood, Off.

GF - Cost

47,801

60,388

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

16,516

22,021

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a state cost of $64,317 in FY 15 and $82,409 in FY 16 from the expansion of requirements of child day care centers (CDCCs), group day care homes (GDCHs) and family day care homes (FDCHs) related to nutrition, access to water, and access to disposable drinking cups. Costs are associated with a Child Care Licensing Specialist position within the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) filled on 10/1/14 (to correspond with the effective date), an associated one-time equipment expense for a computer and on-going expenses for office supplies for a total cost to OEC of $47,801 in FY 15 and $60,388 in FY 16. State Comptroller – Fringe Benefit costs associated with this position are $16,516 in FY 15 and $22,021 in FY 16.

In 2012, the Department of Public Health (DPH) licensed 1,517 CDCCs and GDCHs as well as 2,556 FDCHs. Approximately once every 18 months CDCCs and GDCHs are routinely inspected and once every 24 months FDCHs are inspected. Hence, approximately 774 CDCCs and GDCHs and 613 FDHCs were routinely inspected in 2012. In addition to routine inspections, DPH performs complaint inspections of these facilities. In 2012, 33% of CDCCs and GDCHs, or 501 facilities, underwent a complaint inspection. Additionally, 14% of FDCHs, or 358 facilities, underwent a complaint inspection.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Department of Administrative Services website

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 36.66% of payroll in FY 15 and FY 16.