By Villarreal H.B. No. 1348 Line and page numbers may not match official copy. Bill not drafted by TLC or Senate E&E. A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1-1 AN ACT 1-2 relating to workforce development grants for child care. 1-3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: 1-4 SECTION 1. Title 4, Labor Code, is amended by adding Section 1-5 302.0041 to read as follows: 1-6 Sec. 302.0041. FUNDS FOR CHILD CARE. (a) The commission 1-7 shall, by rule, establish one-time-funds for local workforce 1-8 development boards, to design and implement demonstration projects 1-9 to address: 1-10 (1) expansion of services responding to gaps in rural 1-11 areas, home-based care situations, care during shift-schedules and 1-12 evening and weekend hours, and for wrap around services linked to 1-13 public Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start; 1-14 (2) creation or expansion of pilot programs, based on 1-15 demonstration models from other states, that address successful 1-16 strategies for the recruitment and retention of child care workers; 1-17 (3) pilot initiatives targeting low-income at-risk 1-18 parents who are receiving subsidized care for extended periods and 1-19 who could benefit from career counseling; job search resources and 1-20 other linkages within the community to promote improved 1-21 opportunities for job or career advancement; and 1-22 (4) initiatives that serve as start-up or catalyst for 2-1 further development of school readiness, pre-reading, and 2-2 problem-solving skills in young children. 2-3 (b) the funding for the grants in this section would include 2-4 the following: 2-5 (1) grants would be on a one-time-only basis; 2-6 (2) grants funds would be used for expenses leading to 2-7 direct care services that would be covered in future years through 2-8 the currently established allocation system for child care services 2-9 or other local resources, and 2-10 (3) the demonstration project could be replicated in 2-11 whole or in part by other local boards to address similar 2-12 situations or gaps. 2-13 SECTION 2. This Act takes effect immediately if it receives 2-14 2-7 a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, 2-15 as 2-8 provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If 2-16 this 2-9 Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate 2-17 effect, this 2-10 Act takes effect September 1, 2001.