(110 ILCS 680/25-95)
Sec. 25-95. Child care services.
(a) For the purposes of this Section, "child care services" means day care home or center services as defined by the Child Care Act of 1969.
(b) The Board may contract for the provision of child care services for its employees. The Board may, in accordance with established rules, allow day care centers to operate in State-owned or leased facilities. Such day care centers shall be primarily for use by State employees of Northeastern Illinois University but use by non-employees may be allowed.
Where the Board enters into a contract to construct, acquire or lease all or a substantial portion of a building, in which more than 50 persons shall be employed, other than a renewal of an existing lease, and where a need has been demonstrated, according to subsection (c), on-site child care services shall be provided for employees of Northeastern Illinois University.
The Board shall implement this Section and shall promulgate all rules and regulations necessary for this purpose. By September 1, 1996, the Board shall propose rules setting forth the standards and criteria, including need and feasibility, for determining if September child care services shall be provided. The Board shall consult with the Department of Children and Family Services in defining standards for child care service centers established pursuant to this Section to ensure compliance with the Child Care Act of 1969. The Board shall establish a schedule of fees that shall be charged for child care services under this Section. The schedule shall be established so that charges for service are based on the actual cost of care. Except as otherwise provided by law for employees who may qualify for public assistance or social services due to indigency or family circumstance, each employee obtaining child care services under this Section shall be responsible for full payment of all charges. The Board shall report, on or before December 31, 1996, to the Governor and the members of the General Assembly, on the feasibility and implementation of a plan for the provision of comprehensive child care services.
(c) Prior to contracting for child care services, the Board shall determine a need for child care services. Proof of need may include a survey of University employees as well as a determination of the availability of child care services through other State agencies, or in the community. The Board may also require submission of a feasibility, design and implementation plan that takes into consideration similar needs and services of other State universities.
The Board shall have the sole responsibility for choosing the successful bidder and overseeing the operation of its child care service program within the guidelines established by the Board. The Board shall promulgate rules under the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act that detail the specific standards to be used in the selection of a vendor of child care services.
The contract shall provide for the establishment of or arrangement for the use of a licensed day care center or a licensed day care agency, as defined in the Child Care Act of 1969.
(Source: P.A. 89-4, eff. 1-1-96.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015