Rep. Natalie A. Manley

Filed: 4/4/2022





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 1571 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. This Act may be referred to as the First
5Responders Child Care Act.
6    Section 5. The Department of Human Services Act is amended
7by adding Section 1-75 as follows:
8    (20 ILCS 1305/1-75 new)
9    Sec. 1-75. Off-Hours Child Care Grant Program.
10    (a) Legislative intent. The General Assembly finds that:
11        (1) Finding child care is a challenge for
12    firefighters, paramedics, police officers, nurses, and
13    other third shift workers across the State who often work
14    non-typical work hours. This affects home life, school,
15    bedtime routines, job safety, and the mental health of



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1    some of our most critical front line workers.
2        (2) There is a need for increased options for
3    off-hours child care in the State. A majority of the
4    State's child care facilities do not provide care outside
5    of normal work hours, with just 3,251 day care homes and
6    435 group home care programs that provide night care.
7        (3) Illinois has a vested interest in ensuring that
8    our first responders and working families can provide
9    their children with appropriate care during off hours to
10    improve the morale of existing first responders and to
11    improve recruitment into the future.
12    (b) As used in this Section, "first responders" means
13emergency medical services personnel as defined in the
14Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems Act, firefighters,
15law enforcement officers, and, as determined by the
16Department, any other workers who, on account of their work
17schedule, need child care outside of the hours when licensed
18child care facilities typically operate.
19    (c) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human
20Services shall establish and administer an Off-Hours Child
21Care Grant Program to provide grants to licensed child care
22facilities to expand their program of services to include
23off-hours, night, or sleep time child care for first
24responders and third shift workers who, on account of their
25work schedule, need child care outside of the hours when
26licensed child care facilities typically operate. Services



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1funded under the grant program must address the child care
2needs of first responders. Grants provided under the program
3may also be used to cover any capital and operating expenses
4related to the provision of off-hours, night, or sleep time
5child care for first responders. Child care facilities seeking
6funding under the grant program must apply to the Department
7in a form and manner prescribed by the Department. Grants
8awarded under this Section shall be funded through
9appropriations from the Off-Hours Child Care Grant Program
10Fund created under subsection (d). The Department shall
11implement the program by the date the Child Care Advisory
12Council submits its final report to the General Assembly as
13provided under Senate Resolution 862 of the 102nd General
14Assembly or by December 31, 2022, whichever is earlier. The
15Department may adopt any rules necessary to implement the
16grant program.
17    (d) The Off-Hours Child Care Grant Program Fund is created
18as a special fund in the State treasury. The Fund shall consist
19of any moneys appropriated to the Department of Human Services
20for the Off-Hours Child Care Grant Program. Moneys in the Fund
21shall be expended for the Off-Hours Child Care Grant Program
22and for no other purpose. All interest earned on moneys in the
23Fund shall be deposited into the Fund.
24    Section 10. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
25Section 5.970 as follows:



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1    (30 ILCS 105/5.970 new)
2    Sec. 5.970. The Off-Hours Child Care Grant Program Fund.
3    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
4becoming law.".