Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2018-129

Authorization to Fund Planner/Developer for Group Family Child Care Network

Information

Department:Social Services DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Child CareFunctions:Social Services

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. 2018 MEMO to Legislature (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  3. Increasing Access to Child Care (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)
  4. TOMPKINS CHILD CARE PROJECT r2 (This file has not yet been converted to a viewable format)

Resolution/Document Body

              WHEREAS, the shortage of quality, affordable day care options has been identified as an obstacle to Tompkins County employers’ efforts to recruit and retain a qualified workforce and create a more vibrant local economy, and

 

              WHEREAS, Tompkins County likewise has an unmet need for more affordable housing, and more particularly affordable housing that satisfies the regulatory specifications for on-site provision of day care, and

 

              WHEREAS, the Child Development Council has been designated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services as the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) agency for Tompkins County, with a mission to promote the accessibility, growth, and development of quality child care, and

 

              WHEREAS, the Child Development Council of Central New York, Inc. (d/b/a Child Development Council) has proposed to create a Group Family Child Care Network to provide administrative supports to help keep existing day care programs open and to help new sites and providers to become established, and

 

              WHEREAS, in recognition of the complexity of child care regulations, building restrictions, and affordable housing policies, that proposal calls for the skills of a Child Care Planner/Developer to coordinate both its physical and operational components, and

 

              WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature previously approved multi-year funding from the Contingent Fund to improve child care options, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services and the Budget, Capital, and Personnel Committees, That the Department of Social Services is hereby authorized to execute a one-year contract with the Child Development Council for the provision of said development services,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That the Finance Director is hereby authorized and directed to release $25,000 from the Contingent Fund, and to make the following adjustments to the 2018 Budget, in order to cover the initial six months of the above agreement (the remainder to be addressed within the 2019 Budget development process):

 

FROM:                            A1990.54400                            Contingent Fund                            $25,000

              TO:                                6010.54400                            Program Expense                            $25,000

 

SEQR ACTION:  TYPE II-20

Meeting History

Jun 5, 2018 5:00 PM  Health and Human Services Committee Special Meeting

Ms. Dale-Hall explained that this funding is for a specific project to attempt to engage community developers while building upon the growth in affordable housing and ensuring that the housing can also be built to meet the needs of childcare specifications. The overall goal is to increase the supply of childcare while maintaining the childcare already in place. She further explained that the second portion of this project is to have a network of support to provide administrative services that relieves some of the demands of offering childcare in group family childcare. She stated this position involves specific knowledge of childcare regulations and what is happening in the community.

Ms. Kelles arrived at this time.

Mr. Lane asked what specifically the $25,000 would be used for. Ms. Dale-Hall stated it would be used to fund a part-time (.7 FTE) position for the remaining six months of the year. Her goal is to continue the position for the next two to three years and eventually make it full-time.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Amanda Champion, Member
SECONDER:Henry Granison, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Anna Kelles, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Henry Granison, Amanda Champion
Jun 5, 2018 5:00 PM  Budget, Capital and Personnel Committee Special Meeting

Ms. Dale-Hall explained that this funding is for a specific project to attempt to engage community developers while building upon the growth in affordable housing and ensuring that the housing can also be built to meet the needs of childcare specifications. The overall goal is to increase the supply of childcare while maintaining the childcare already in place. She further explained that the second portion of this project is to have a network of support to provide administrative services that relieves some of the demands of offering childcare in group family childcare. She stated this position involves specific knowledge of childcare regulations and what is happening in the community.

Ms. Kelles arrived at this time.

Mr. Lane asked what specifically the $25,000 would be used for. Ms. Dale-Hall stated it would be used to fund a part-time (.7 FTE) position for the remaining six months of the year. Her goal is to continue the position for the next two to three years and eventually make it full-time.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Vice Chair
SECONDER:Glenn Morey, Member
AYES:Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Glenn Morey, Daniel Klein, Michael Sigler
Jun 5, 2018 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Ms. Dale-Hall provided a summary of the proposal and said it is based on the need for quality childcare in the community for many years. Last year during the budget process the Legislature put aside $50,000 in the Contingency Fund for each of three years to try to address the childcare issue. Tompkins County has been a leader in trying to move a creative and affordable approach to home-based childcare. She said in looking at housing stock, there is not enough that is affordable to meet the needs for childcare services and make it sustainable. The funding would be used for a childcare planner and developer who could work with the business community and understand childcare regulations and specifications that are needed for childcare and help to reduce back-office administrative costs for family childcare. It is new and different but there are a lot of resources that Tompkins County can draw upon and measure performance and success.

Mr. Klein noted that because this was approved as a three-year Over Target request the Legislature will have the opportunity to vote on it each year during the budget process.

Ms. Dawson recommended leveraging relationships with Tompkins County Area Development, the Workforce Investment Board, and the business community. She said when qualified people are kept out of the workforce because of the lack of childcare it is an employer problem and they need to be included in the solution.

This resolution was adopted by a short roll call vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Shawna Black, Member
SECONDER:Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Member
AYES:Shawna Black, Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Henry Granison, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Daniel Klein, Anne Koreman, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, David McKenna, Glenn Morey, Martha Robertson, Michael Sigler