HBA-EDN H.B. 3578 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 3578 By: Villarreal, Mike Economic Development 4/6/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE While continuing evidence that quality child care programs lead to academic success, reduced delinquency and crime, better job opportunities, and increased productivity, the importance of providing these services increases. Under current law, the Texas Workforce Commission is responsible for allocating funds for child-care subsidies. According to federal law, at least 4% of the funds that the state receives through the child care and development block grant must be used to enhance child-care quality. However, there is no explicit definition of what is meant by quality in relation to child-care. House Bill 3578 defines what constitutes as a quality child-care program. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 3578 amends the Human Resource Code to require the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission to define quality child care programs as those programs that provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children. The bill sets forth provisions relating to the components of these programs. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.