HBA-NMO H.B. 66 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 66 By: Greenberg Human Services 2/8/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Currently, Texas does not provide scholarship assistance for individuals seeking professional child care training. Due to high turnover, there is a shortage of child care providers across the state. This high turnover rate may be attributable to lack of training, low wages, and few benefits. H.B. 66 provides scholarships to eligible child care workers seeking to obtain Child Development Associate (CDA) national credentials. The scholarship covers the cost of obtaining the credentials and exam preparation. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the Opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services in SECTION 1 (Sec. 42.025, Human Resources Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter B, Chapter 42, Human Resources Code, by adding Section 42.025, as follows: Sec. 42.025. PROFESSIONAL CHILD-CARE TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS. (a) Requires the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (department) to develop and administer a program to award scholarships for professional child-care training to eligible recipients seeking to obtain Child Development Associate (CDA) national credentials. (b) Requires each recipient to receive a $1,000 scholarship. Requires the recipient to apply $700 toward training expenses and $300 toward obtaining CDA national credentials. Authorizes a person to receive only one scholarship. (c) Provides that to be eligible to receive a scholarship, a person must be employed in the child-care field; intend to obtain CDA national credentials; agree to work in the child-care field for at least three additional years; and satisfy any other requirements adopted by the department. (d) Authorizes the department to provide wage supplementation to a scholarship recipient who provides care for children less than four years of age. Authorizes the department to provide wage supplementation for not more than 18 months after the date the department awards the scholarship. (e) Requires the department to fund scholarships and wage supplementation through federal Child Care Development funds or other funding sources available to the department. Prohibits total funding from exceeding $2 million per state biennium. (f) Requires the department to adopt rules to implement this section. Provides that the rules must include provisions that address the computation of the three-year service requirement and ensure the department may recover scholarship money from any recipient who fails to meet any requirement set by the department. SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 1999. SECTION 3. Emergency clause.