Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–410.01. Studies of child development facilities for infants and toddlers.

(a) OSSE shall make public its payment rates for child development facilities participating in the child care subsidy program by October 1 of each year.

(b) By March 1, 2023, February 1, 2024, and on a triennial basis thereafter, OSSE shall conduct a cost modeling analysis to estimate the costs of care for child development facilities in the District. The analysis shall incorporate the cost of implementing the ECE salary scale established and updated pursuant to § 4-410.02(b).

(c) 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 ECE salary scale;

(2) A description of the methodology used to determine the cost of care, including the ECE salary scale;

(3) An analysis of child development facilities that assesses:

(A) Quality rating under the Quality Rating and Improvement System;

(B) Type of facility;

(C) Number and age of infants, toddlers, and children served and number of classrooms per age-group;

(D) Proportion and reimbursement rate for infants, toddlers, and children served who participate in the child care subsidy program;

(E) Staffing costs associated with applying the ECE salary scale;

(F) Whether the facility participates in a shared service alliance, including the Quality Improvement Network;

(G) Total number of early childhood educators, differentiated by role and credential, used in the cost modeling analysis;

(H) Payroll costs associated with ensuring all applicable federal and District labor laws are implemented in each child development facility; and

(I) Costs associated with employer-paid benefits packages; and

(4) An assessment of the Early Childhood Educator Pay Equity Fund's ability to fund the implementation of the ECE salary scale in all child development facilities who have agreements with the Department.