SECOND SUBSTITUTE SENATE BILL NO. 5660



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State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senators Niemi, Smith and Murray)



Read first time 3/6/89.



AN ACT Relating to child care resource and referral; and creating new sections.




          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.     The legislature recognizes that child care has been a patchwork of services without an integrating system to ensure that planning, coordination, and linkages between consumers and child care providers occur.  The legislature finds that the creation of the office of the child care coordinator was the first step to achieving an integrated system.  Additional steps must be taken to assist parents in obtaining appropriate child care for their children.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.     Potential or existing resource and referral programs will, as part of the grant application process, develop a plan for achieving the following objectives:

          (1) Provide parents with information  about child care resources, including location of services and subsidies;

          (2) Carry out child care provider recruitment and training programs;

          (3) Offer support services, such as parent and provider seminars, toy lending libraries, and substitute banks;

          (4) Provide information for businesses regarding child care supply and demand;

          (5) Advocate for increased public and private sector resources; and

          (6) Provide technical assistance to employers regarding employee child care services.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.     The coordinator shall establish a method by which interested persons or agencies can apply for a grant.  Such method shall include the requirements listed in section 2 of this act.  In no instance shall a grant of larger than twenty-five thousand dollars be made to either an existing or potential resource and referral program.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.     If specific funding for the purposes of this act, referencing this act by bill number, is not provided by June 30, 1989, in the omnibus appropriations act, this act shall be null and void.

                                                                                                                          Passed the Senate March 13, 1989.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.


                                                                                                                             Passed the House April 6, 1989.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.