2007 -- H 5862 SUBSTITUTE A
A N A C T
RELATING TO STATE AFFAIRS AND GOVERNMENT - THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
Introduced By: Representatives Slater, Almeida, Diaz, Dennigan, and Naughton
Date Introduced: March 01, 2007
It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
SECTION 1. Legislative findings and intent. –
WHEREAS, Quality early care and education and school-age child care programs are
vital to our state's economic development because they enable families to work while also
supporting healthy child development and success in school; and
WHEREAS, The state has an interest in ensuring that the state's investment in child care
and early education for low-income children promotes healthy development, including
educational, physical, social, emotional and cognitive development; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That it is the intent of the general assembly to establish a voluntary quality
rating system of licensed child care programs and approved preschools serving children from
birth to sixteen (16) years of age.
SECTION 2. Chapter 42-12 of the General Laws entitled "Department of Human
Services" is hereby amended by adding thereto the following section:
42-12-23.1. Quality of early care and education and school-age child care through
voluntary quality rating system. -- (a) There is hereby established a voluntary quality rating
system which will assess quality in early care and education programs and school-age child care.
For purposes of this section, early care and education programs and school-age child care shall
mean programs licensed under chapter 72.1, title 42 and approved under chapter 48, title 16,
including without limitation child care centers, family child care homes, group family child care
homes, school-age child care programs and preschools, but excluding child placement agencies.
The voluntary quality rating system is established to promote continuous quality improvement of
programs and to further the goals of Rhode Island's "starting right" initiative.
(b) The department of human services, the department of children, youth and families, the
department of health, the department of elementary and secondary education and other partners
and agencies shall share information and work cooperatively with the Rhode Island quality rating
system, a public-private partnership, to ensure that Rhode Island children have access to quality
early care and education programs and school-age child care.
(c) The voluntary quality rating system shall also provide a mechanism to gather data
about program quality, and shall report this information to parents, providers and other persons
interested in the quality of early care and education programs and school-age child care services
in Rhode Island.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon passage.