By Villarreal H.B. No. 1348 77R11552 JMM-D A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to a grant program for local workforce development boards 1-3 to design and implement child-care demonstration projects. 1-4 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-5 SECTION 1. Subchapter A, Chapter 302, Labor Code, is amended 1-6 by adding Section 302.0041 to read as follows: 1-7 Sec. 302.0041. CHILD-CARE DEMONSTRATION PROJECT GRANTS. (a) 1-8 The commission may make grants available on a one-time basis to 1-9 local workforce development boards to enable the boards to design 1-10 and implement child-care demonstration projects. 1-11 (b) A local workforce development board that receives a 1-12 grant under this section shall use the grant to design and 1-13 implement a demonstration project that: 1-14 (1) expands child-care services in underserved rural 1-15 local workforce development areas, including: 1-16 (A) home-based child-care services; 1-17 (B) child-care services at nontraditional times, 1-18 including services that accommodate the child-care needs of parents 1-19 who work shift-schedules, evenings, and weekends; or 1-20 (C) services to link child-care programs, 1-21 prekindergarten programs under Subchapter E, Chapter 29, Education 1-22 Code, and the federal Head Start program; 1-23 (2) creates or expands existing pilot programs, based 1-24 on demonstration models from other states, that provide strategies 2-1 for successfully recruiting and retaining child-care providers; 2-2 (3) creates pilot programs designed to assist 2-3 low-income, at-risk parents receiving child-care services provided 2-4 by the commission for extended periods who may benefit from career 2-5 counseling and employment location services that promote the 2-6 potential for career advancement; or 2-7 (4) develops initiatives that foster school readiness 2-8 in young children and encourage pre-reading and problem-solving 2-9 skills in those children. 2-10 (c) To be eligible for a grant under this section, a local 2-11 workforce development board must: 2-12 (1) conduct the demonstration project for which the 2-13 grant is made in a manner that allows replication of the project in 2-14 whole or part by other local workforce development boards to 2-15 address similar child-care service needs in underserved local 2-16 workforce development areas; and 2-17 (2) use the grant to develop direct child-care 2-18 services that, at the conclusion of the demonstration project, may 2-19 be funded. 2-20 (d) Child-care services that may continue to be funded under 2-21 Subsection (c)(2) at the conclusion of the demonstration project 2-22 may be funded through existing local workforce development board 2-23 resources for child-care services or other local resources. 2-24 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives 2-25 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as 2-26 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this 2-27 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this 3-1 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.