PennAEYC stays current on proposals and actions to change the early care and education system at the state and federal levels so we can influence the outcome and inform our members and other concerned Pennsylvanians of possible change.

PennAEYC Positions Statements

PennAEYC monitors and responds to legislative, regulatory and administrative actions impacting the early care and education system at the state and federal levels. Learn more about current proposals by downloading our position statements. If you have questions please contact Kimberly Early.

2023-24 Pennsylvania Legislation

House Bill - Carbon Monoxide Alarms Standards in Child Care Facilities Act

House Bill 494 creates the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Child Care Facilities Act. The Act would require that each building where a child care facility is operating that uses fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance, fireplace or in an attached garage, have an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm installed in the vicinity of the heater or fireplace. A carbon monoxide alarm would also need to be located in every unit on the same story as the heater or appliance.

The Department of Human Services would be authorized to take enforcement action against a child care facility for a violation of the carbon monoxide alarm requirements.

The bill would take effect in 90 days with child care facilities required to meet the carbon monoxide alarm requirement within 18 months of the effective date.

Download PennAEYC’s position statement here:

HB 494 PN 463 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement

 

House Bill - Employee Child Care Public Private Partnership

House Bill 975 amends the Human Services Code to establish an Employee Child Care Public Private Partnership within the Department of Human Services (DHS).

In order to administer the partnership, DHS may coordinate and share information with other agencies and enter into contracts to administer the partnership or parts of the partnership. DHS must:

  • Create and publish a standard contract to participate in the partnership.
  • Review and process submitted contracts.
  • Notify parties of the contract of their enrollment status in the partnership.
  • Manage and administer the Employee Child-Care Public Private Partnership Fund.
  • Verify eligibility for employee, employer or child care provider for participation in the partnership.
  • Collect and verify household income information from eligible employees and determine the eligible match amount.
  • Distribute educational materials about the partnership to employer, employees and child care providers.

An employer may participate in the partnership as a benefit of employment. Employers must enter into a contract with an employee and a child care provider. Employers must submit a contract and any additional information to DHS and contribute directly to the child care provider for the employee’s costs. Employees are responsible for the balance if the employer payment and the DHS match do not cover the cost of child care.

The Employee Child-Care Public Private Partnership Fund is established in the State Treasury with funds appropriated from the General Assembly, contributions, gifts or grants. The fund, administered by DHS, are to be used for the partnership.

The act would take effect immediately. Download PennAEYC’s position statement here:  
HB 975 PN 995 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement DRAFT

 

House Bill - Keystone STARS
House Bill 1020 amends the Human Services Code, Articles IX and X, to add a section to allow providers to:

  • Post their STAR-level rating on their website;
  • Provide the STAR-level rating in writing to the parent in a linguistically appropriate manner along with the DHS website where information on the Keystone STARS Program can be found and;
  • Obtain the DHS-issued placard with their STAR-level rating which may be posted in a public-facing location.
The act would take effect in 180 days. Download PennAEYC’s position statement here:
HB 1020 PN 1264 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement

 

House Bill - Pennsylvania Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Tax Credit Program

House Bill 1259 expands Pennsylvania's Child and Dependent Care Enhancement Tax Credit Program beginning after December 31, 2021. Employment-related expenses incurred by the taxpayer who also claimed a federal tax credit during the prior taxable year can earn a tax credit.

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House Bill - Statewide Advisory Council on Playground Safety.

House Bill 1443 as amended would establish the Statewide Advisory Council on Playground Safety, consisting of 25 members appointed by the Governor, with three-year terms, except for cabinet officers. Members of the council include the secretaries or their designees of the Departments of Community and Economic Development, Conservation and Natural Resources, Education, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Services, Labor and Industry, local municipalities and the PA Recreation and Park Society.

The council would review and comment on regulations and standards that pertain to playground safety, to review and comment to legislative committees and IRRC on any proposed regulations or standards and to assist and advise agencies in their efforts to improve playground safety, meeting at least four times per year. Assisting and advising agencies includes recommendations for the implementation and enforcement of regulations and standards, suggestions regarding sources of fiscal and other support recommendations regarding personnel training in playground safety and inspection, recommendations for improvement of playground safety and inspection procedures, recommendations for the development of a reporting mechanism and consideration of safety plan models.

The act would take effect immediately. Download PennAEYC's position statement here: HB 1443, PN 2810 PennAEYC Trying Together Position Statement

 

House Bill - Subsidized Child Care Exit Eligibility 

House Bill 1486 amends the Human Services Code to allow copayments under the child care subsidy program to also be based on considerations to support economic self-sufficiency in addition to the family’s annual income.

The bill amends eligibility at redetermination for subsidized child care, to the extent that money is appropriated, to 300% of FPIG or 85% of the SMI, whichever is lower. Beginning fiscal year 2023-2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, no less than $25 million from the child care services line item must be used for this purpose.

Download PennAEYC’s position statement here: HB 1486, PN 2996 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement

 

House Bill - Municipal Recreation Programs

House Bill 1746 amends the definition of “child care center” in the Human Services Code. The amendment specifically excludes a program  operated by a municipality that has an ordinance or resolution that adopted the health and safety standards consistent with the minimum standards for municipal recreation programs for preschoolers that are provided by the PA Recreation and Parks Society Protocol adopted on September 15, 2023. This effectively removes any requirements related to health and safety required by a child care center in Title 55 Pa Code Chapter 3270 from applying to a municipal recreation program.

 

Employer Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

(HB 1958) - House Bill 1958 would establish an Employer Child Care Contribution Tax Credit beginning after December 31, 2024. It would allow a qualified taxpayer to claim the employer child care contribution tax credit for a contribution made during the taxable year toward an employer’s eligible child-care costs and may apply the tax credit against its qualified tax liability.

The tax credit must be equal to 30% of the aggregate contribution made to employees during the tax year, up to $500 per employee. The bill was amended to remove limitations on the use of the tax credit. The bill was also amended to remove language that limited the first $5,000 in contributions made under this program must be excluded from the employee’s income on their personal income tax returns to exclude all contributions.

The act was amended to take effect immediately. Download PennAEYC’s position statement here:

HB 1958, PN 2757 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement

HB 1958, PN 3077 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement

 

Senate Bill - Carbon Monoxide Alarms Standards in Child Care Facilities Act
Senate Bill 205 creates the Carbon Monoxide Alarm Standards in Child Care Facilities Act. The Act would require that each building where a child care facility is operating that uses fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance, fireplace or in an attached garage, have an operational, centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm installed in the vicinity of the heater or fireplace. A carbon monoxide alarm would also need to be located in every unit on the same story as the heater or appliance. Nothing in the Act is intended to modify the authority and responsibility of the Department of Labor and Industry under the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act.

Child care facilities may not be granted a license or certificate of compliance from the Department of Human Services without meeting the requirements of Section 4. A child care facility may be granted a provisional license if they are not in compliance with the requirements of Section 4.

The bill would take effect in 90 days with child care facilities required to meet the carbon monoxide requirement within 18 months of the effective date.

Download PennAEYC’s position statement here: SB 205, PN 177 PennAEYC Trying Together First Up Position Statement

 

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