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H.R. 1963: Child Care Choices Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 17, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1963

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 17, 2021

(for herself, Mrs. Miller of Illinois, Mr. Jacobs of New York, Mr. Stivers, Mr. Feenstra, and Mr. Armstrong) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to modify certain State uses of funds.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Child Care Choices Act of 2021.

2.

Application and plan

Section 658E(c) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858c(c)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

(A)

Prioritization of child care certificates

Provide assurances that—

(i)

in using funding made available to a State pursuant to this subchapter, the State shall prioritize the availability of child care certificates (as defined in section 658P(2)) for child care services over other payment methods, such as grants or contracts;

(ii)

in cases in which a parent chooses to enroll such child with a child care provider that has a grant or contract for the provision of child care services, the child will be enrolled with the eligible provider selected by the parent to the maximum extent practicable; and

(iii)

in cases in which a parent chooses to receive a child care certificate, the certificate shall be of a value commensurate with the subsidy value of child care services provided if the child were enrolled with a child care provider that has a grant or contract for the provision of child care services.

,

(B)

in subparagraph (M) by inserting in accordance with subparagraph (E)(c)(2)(A)(i) after strategies, and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(W)

Prioritization of child care certificates

The plan shall provide assurances and describe how the State prioritizes the use of child care certificates (as defined in section 658P(2)) for child care services for which financial assistance is provided under this subchapter in preference to other payment methods such as grants, contracts, or cash.

, and

(2)

in paragraph (4)(C), by adding at the end the following:

(iii)

Prohibition on certain different rates

When setting differential rates on the basis of child care quality, States are prohibited from using type of child care (such as family child care or center-based care) or type of provider (such as nonprofit providers, for-profit providers, or faith-based providers) as the sole differential factor.

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