Child care training

Appropriate funds to provide income qualified mothers the
opportunity to become trained child care providers.  (HB3022 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D.1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  There is a national effort for child care
 2 providers both in family-care settings and center-based settings
 3 to be minimally qualified to work with children from birth
 4 through age five.  Caregivers must demonstrate their ability to
 5 nurture children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual
 6 growth in a child development framework.  The proof of their
 7 competence are degrees in early childhood education and care or
 8 credentials such as the child development associate credential.
 9      The head start program has recently directed that the
10 majority of its head start classrooms be assigned one teacher
11 with an associate, baccalaureate, or an advanced degree in early
12 childhood education and care.  Additionally, the balance of these
13 classrooms must be assigned one teacher who has either the child
14 development associate credential, a state-awarded certificate for
15 preschool teachers that meets or exceeds the requirements for a
16 child development associate credential, or a degree relating to
17 the early childhood field.
18      The legislature finds that Hawaii's head start programs are
19 engaging in an innovative collaborative project to train and
20 enhance professional development initiatives for child care.  

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 1 Currently, Hawaii's head start programs are providing
 2 opportunities for mothers on public assistance to gain child care
 3 certification, thereby assisting mothers off the welfare rolls
 4 and ensuring quality child care for all.
 5      This project is currently funded by federal grants.  While
 6 head start has received a small budget increase, current funding
 7 levels are not guaranteed for subsequent years.
 8      The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds to provide
 9 income-qualified mothers the opportunity to become trained child
10 care providers in family-care settings.  Income-qualified
11 recipients of training funded by this appropriation must
12 concurrently enroll in a program to receive a child development
13 associate credential.
14      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
15 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $     or so much
16 thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2000-2001 to provide
17 income-qualified mothers, who concurrently enroll in a program to
18 receive a child development associate credential, the opportunity
19 to become trained child care providers in family-care settings.
20      The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of
21 labor and industrial relations for the purposes of this Act.
22      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2000.