The bill appropriates:
- $50 million from federal funds from child care development funds for the purposes of implementing the child care sustainability grant program;
$19$16 million from the economic recovery and relief cash fund to emerging and expanding the child care grant program;
- $10 million from the economic recovery and relief cash fund to implement the employer-based child care facility grant program;
- $15 million from the economic recovery and relief cash fund to implement the early child care and education recruitment and retention grant and scholarship program. Of the $15 million,
$2$5 million must be dedicated for home visiting workforce, early childhood mental health consultants, and early intervention providers; with $1.4 million of the $2 million dedicated for non-educator workforce scholarships and loan forgiveness, and $600,000 for developing consistent workforce pathways; and
- One million dollars to create and implement family-strengthening grant programs from the economic recovery and relief cash fund; and
- $One million dollars from the economic recovery and relief cash fund for the purposes of implementing th home visiting for early learning grant program.
The bill creates the family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) support programs, which include an advisory group and a training and grant program ( program) . The family, friend, and neighbor advisory group is created to advise the department on the needs of FFN providers and to make recommendations on changes to regulations, policies, funding, and procedures that would benefit the FFN community. The family, friend, and neighbor
training program is created to allow community-based organizations and nonprofit organizations that have expertise working with FFN providers to provide them with information, training, and technical assistance to support best practices.
Subject to available appropriations, the department of early childhood shall make existing state programs available to the FFN community, including, but not limited to, home visitation, early intervention, early childhood mental health, workforce recruitment and retention, and family resource center services.
The bill appropriates
$4.5 $7.5 million from the economic recovery and relief cash fund to implement the FFN support programs.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)