Bills to keep an eye on …

ILDOCC spent the last few months working hard to prepare for this legislative session. We have been meeting with legislators and drafting language for bills to help childcare centers across the state.

As the legislative session begins, we want to share some important bills to keep an eye on that ILDOCC has been working on. There will be additional bills coming soon, and we will share those as soon as they are available.

Be on the look out for our legislative calls to action when witness slips are needed for proposed legislation.

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HB 4412: House sponsor – Representative Dave Vella

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. In provisions concerning criminal background investigations, provides that a child care facility may authorize the Department of Children and Family Services or a third-party vendor to complete the investigation. Provides that an applicant is determined to have completed the criminal background investigation when he or she has completed and submitted authorization for the performance of a criminal background investigation by either the Department or a third party contracted to perform the criminal background investigation. Makes conforming changes.

View HB 4412

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HB 4491: House sponsor – Representative Laura Faver Dias

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that a qualified child care director must be present at the open or close of the facility. Provides that a qualified early childhood teacher who has been employed by the facility continuously for at least 24 months may otherwise be present for the first or last hour of the workday.

View HB 4491

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HB 4501: House sponsor – Representative Joyce Mason

Synopsis As Introduced

Amends the Child Care Act of 1969. Provides that a criminal background investigation for a person subject to background check shall include specified information. Provides that, notwithstanding any federal law that prohibits conditional employment prior to completed background checks, an individual hired to begin employment who has authorized the required background check may be employed by a child care facility on a conditional basis pending the outcome of the required background check. Provides that the form authorizing the background check shall be submitted to the Department of Children and Family Services. Provides that the individual shall also submit to the Department an attestation, under penalty of perjury, disclosing: (1) any abuse or neglect complaints made against the individual with the child welfare agency of a state other than Illinois in which the individual resided within the 5 years preceding the date of the attestation; and (2) any contact the individual had with a law enforcement agency in connection with the individual’s suspected or alleged commission of a crime in a state other than Illinois in which the individual resided within the 5 years preceding the date of the attestation. Provides that a conditional employee shall not be left alone with children outside the visual and auditory supervision of staff until the conditional employee has cleared all required background checks. Defines “persons subject to background check”.

View HB 4501 

We want to thank these representatives for their time spent working with us and the efforts they are making at improving the staffing crisis in Illinois. We are looking forward to this legislative session, and we are ready to get our voices heard!!

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