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File #: Int 0853-2018    Version: Name: Providing on-site childcare for city employees.
Type: Introduction Status: Enacted
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 4/25/2018
Enactment date: 11/17/2018 Law number: 2018/183
Title: A Local Law in relation to studying the feasibility of providing childcare for city employees
Sponsors: The Public Advocate (Ms. James), Ben Kallos, I. Daneek Miller, Stephen T. Levin, Diana Ayala , Alicka Ampry-Samuel , Keith Powers , Carlina Rivera , Helen K. Rosenthal, Fernando Cabrera , Brad S. Lander, Laurie A. Cumbo, Costa G. Constantinides
Council Member Sponsors: 13
Summary: This bill would establish a working group to study the feasibility of providing childcare for the children of City employees. The working group would include experts in the field of childcare as well as representatives from City agencies, as well as representatives appointed by the City Council and the Public Advocate. The working group would issue a feasibility study report within 12 months, to be followed by a one-year pilot project for a childcare center or centers. The working group would issue a report on its findings at the conclusion of the pilot, and may make such other recommendations, as it deems appropriate, until it is sunset after five years.
Indexes: Council Operations , Other Appointment Required, Report Required, Sunset Date Applies
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 853-A, 2. Summary of Int. No. 853, 3. Int. No. 853, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-25-18, 5. Committee Report 6/19/18, 6. Hearing Testimony 6/19/18, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/19/18, 8. Proposed Int. No. 853-A - 10/11/18, 9. Committee Report 10/16/18, 10. Hearing Transcript 10/16/18, 11. October 17, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 12. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-17-18, 13. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - October 17, 2018, 14. Int. No. 853-A (FINAL), 15. Fiscal Impact Statement, 16. Legislative Documents - Letter to the Mayor, 17. Local Law 183
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
11/19/2018AThe Public Advocate (Ms. James) City Council Returned Unsigned by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/2018AThe Public Advocate (Ms. James) Administration City Charter Rule Adopted  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/17/2018AThe Public Advocate (Ms. James) City Council Sent to Mayor by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/17/2018AThe Public Advocate (Ms. James) City Council Approved by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Governmental Operations Amendment Proposed by Comm  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Governmental Operations Amended by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/16/2018AThe Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Governmental Operations Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Women and Gender Equity Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Women and Gender Equity Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Governmental Operations Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2018*The Public Advocate (Ms. James) City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available

Int. No. 853-A

 

By The Public Advocate (Ms. James) and Council Members Kallos, Miller, Levin, Ayala, Ampry-Samuel, Powers, Rivera, Rosenthal, Cabrera, Lander, Cumbo and Constantinides

 

A Local Law in relation to studying the feasibility of providing childcare for city employees

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Working group to assess the feasibility of providing childcare services for city employees. a. Within 30 days after the effective date of this local law, the mayor shall designate an agency or city official to convene a childcare working group of at least 11 members to conduct a feasibility study about providing discounted group childcare centers on city-owned and city-operated property. Such childcare centers would serve city employees’ children who are four years old or younger but are not eligible for a universal prekindergarten program established pursuant to section 3602-e of the education law or are three years old or younger but are not eligible for 3-K where 3-K services are available.

b.  Members of the childcare working group shall include experts in the field of childcare and representatives from city agencies, including at least one representative from the department of citywide administrative services, the administration for children’s services, the office of labor relations, the office of operations, the office of management and budget, the department of health and mental hygiene, the department of education, the human resources administration and the commission on gender equity. The childcare working group shall also include one representative appointed by the speaker of the city council and one representative appointed by the public advocate. 

c. The childcare working group shall:

1. determine the scope and goals of the feasibility study;

2. review models of existing childcare programs, including voucher systems, on-site childcare, subsidized childcare, group childcare and early education;

3. consider the scope and issues attendant to commencing a pilot project providing childcare for children of city employees;

4. provide oversight as necessary with respect to the gathering of information and development of a final feasibility study report;

5.  convene at least quarterly during the development of the feasibility study; and

6. issue a feasibility study report. Such report shall: (a) assess possible eligibility criteria and the likely citywide service population sizes for each such criterion; (b) assess possible barriers to providing such services, including but not limited to physical space restrictions, lease terms, and service providers; (c) make recommendations on how the possible barriers identified could be addressed; (d) assess the estimated costs of providing such services at varying scales; and (e) evaluate the relative fiscal and policy impacts of the provision of vouchers as an alternative to on-site childcare.

d. Within 12 months after this local law takes effect, the agency or city official designated in accordance with this subdivision a of this section shall submit to the mayor and the speaker the childcare working group’s feasibility study report including the findings and recommendations of the childcare working group. 

e. Within 24 months of the submission of the feasibility study report issued in accordance with subdivision c of this section, an agency designated by the mayor shall implement a one-year pilot project to provide or subsidize a childcare center or centers for children identified in subdivision a of this section. The inclusion of the children of public employees represented by a recognized or certified employee organization in such pilot project shall be subject to bargaining with the appropriate recognized or certified employee organizations, as such terms are defined in article 14 of the civil service law. Such pilot project shall be informed by the report issued in accordance with subdivision c of this section, and shall be established in consultation, as appropriate, with the childcare working group.

f.  Within 4 months of the conclusion of the one-year pilot project, the childcare working group shall submit to the mayor and the speaker a report setting forth its findings and recommendations regarding the one-year pilot project.

g. The childcare working group may make ongoing findings and recommendations as it deems appropriate.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately and expires and is deemed repealed five years after the date of this local law.

 

 

 

 

 

BM/BJR

LS # 3620

10/9/18  3:48 PM