§ 4–410.01. Studies of child development facilities for infants and toddlers.
(a) Beginning in Fiscal Year 2019, OSSE shall make public its payment rates for child development facilities by August 1 of each calendar year for the fiscal year immediately following.
(b)(1) By December 1, 2018, OSSE shall develop a competitive lead teacher and teacher assistant compensation scale ("salary scale") for child development facilities that achieves parity.
(2) The salary scale developed by OSSE shall be accompanied by a schedule that incorporates a cost modeling analysis to establish a rate of reimbursement for lead teacher and teacher assistant compensation at child development facilities that achieves parity by October 1, 2022.
(c) By February 1, 2019, and by February 1, 2024, and on a triennial basis thereafter, OSSE shall submit a report to the Council that includes:
(1) The findings from the cost modeling analysis, updated to include the current salary scale;
(2) A description of the methodology used to determine the cost of care, including the salary scale and an analysis of child development facilities that assesses:
(A) Quality rating under the Quality Rating and Improvement System;
(B) Type of facility and facility licensed capacity;
(C) Number and age of children and number of classrooms per age group;
(D) Proportion and reimbursement rate of children served who participate in the child care subsidy program;
(E) Proportion of children served who are eligible for Early Head Start;
(F) Proportion of children served who have special needs;
(G) Staffing costs associated with applying the salary scale, including benefits, at different stages of the phasing in process, pursuant to § 4-410.03;
(H) Whether the program is staffed to provide specialized professional services for children with special needs;
(I) Whether the facility participates in a shared service alliance, including the Quality Improvement Network; and
(J) Whether the program is located in, or is adjacent to, an area of concentrated poverty; and
(3) A proposal for daily reimbursement rates for child development facilities and the total anticipated cost of payments to child development facilities for the upcoming school year.