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H 4251
Session 116 (2005-2006) 

H 4251 Joint Resolution, By Davenport
 A JOINT RESOLUTION TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL
 CONTROL TO ENSURE PARTICIPATION OF CERTAIN GROUPS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A
 VOLUNTARY CHILDCARE ACCREDITATION RATING SYSTEM AND TO PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT
 OF SOCIAL SERVICES FROM IMPLEMENTING THE "SOUTH CAROLINA TASK FORCE ON QUALITY
 EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION" RATING SYSTEM UNTIL THE SYSTEM IS APPROVED IN
 ACCORDANCE WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT.

   05/31/05  House  Introduced and read first time HJ-145
   05/31/05  House  Referred to Committee on Education and Public
                     Works HJ-145
   01/17/06  House  Recalled from Committee on Education and Public
                     Works HJ-17
   01/17/06  House  Referred to Committee on Medical, Military,
                     Public and Municipal Affairs HJ-17



VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

5/31/2005



H. 4251

A JOINT RESOLUTION

TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL TO ENSURE PARTICIPATION OF CERTAIN GROUPS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A VOLUNTARY CHILDCARE ACCREDITATION RATING SYSTEM AND TO PROHIBIT THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES FROM IMPLEMENTING THE "SOUTH CAROLINA TASK FORCE ON QUALITY EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION" RATING SYSTEM UNTIL THE SYSTEM IS APPROVED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES ACT.

Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes the importance of promoting quality childcare; and

Whereas, the General Assembly desires that parents be well informed when selecting childcare for placing their children; and

Whereas, the General Assembly recognizes that providers of childcare programs are the true experts in the field; and

Whereas, the General Assembly acknowledges that the owners and operators of childcare facilities are in the best position to develop a meaningful and relevant rating system for childcare programs; and

Whereas, it is the intent of the General Assembly to assist and support childcare providers in developing a voluntary accreditation rating system. Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    (A)    In developing a voluntary accreditation rating system for childcare facilities, the Department of Health and Environmental Control shall ensure the participation of representatives of:

(1)    childcare facilities;

(2)    churches with licensed childcare centers;

(3)    churches with registered childcare centers;

(4)    licensed family childcare homes;

(5)    registered family childcare homes; and

(6)    group childcare homes.

(B)    The Department of Social Services may not spend funds for implementing and may not implement the rating system proposed by the 'South Carolina Task Force on Quality Early Care and Education' until the rating system proposed by the task force has been approved through the regulatory process in accordance with the Administrative Procedures Act.

SECTION    2.    This joint resolution takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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