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Child Care; Adjustment Factors   

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(a) In order to reflect the additional expense of serving children who meet any of the criteria outlined in subdivisions (c) and (d), the provider agency's reported child days of enrollment for these children shall be multiplied by the adjustment factors listed below.

(b) The adjustment factors shall apply to a full-day state preschool program and those programs for which assigned reimbursement rates are at or below the standard reimbursement rate. In addition, the adjustment factors shall apply to those programs for which assigned reimbursement rates are above the standard reimbursement rate, but the reimbursement rate, as adjusted, shall not exceed the adjusted standard reimbursement rate. The adjustment factors shall apply to those full-day state preschool programs for which assigned reimbursement rates are above the full-day state preschool reimbursement rate, but the reimbursement rate, as adjusted, shall not exceed the adjusted full-day state preschool reimbursement rate.

(c) Until December 31, 2018, the adjustment factors shall be as follows:

(1) For infants who are 0 to 18 months of age and are served in a child day care center, the adjustment factor shall be 1.7.

(2) For toddlers who are 18 to 36 months of age and are served in a child day care center, the adjustment factor shall be 1.4.

(3) For infants and toddlers who are 0 to 36 months of age and are served in a family child care home, the adjustment factor shall be 1.4.

(4) For children with exceptional needs who are 0 to 21 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.2.

(5) For severely disabled children who are 0 to 21 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.5.

(6) For children at risk of neglect, abuse, or exploitation who are 0 to 14 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.1.

(7) For limited-English-speaking and non-English-speaking children who are two years of age through kindergarten age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.1.

(d) Notwithstanding any other law, commencing January 1, 2019, the adjustment factors shall be as follows:

(1) For infants who are 0 to 18 months of age and are served in a child day care center or a family child care home, the adjustment factor shall be 2.44.

(2) For toddlers who are 18 to 36 months of age and are served in a child day care center or a family child care home, the adjustment factor shall be 1.8.

(3) For children with exceptional needs who are 0 to 21 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.54.

(4) For severely disabled children who are 0 to 21 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.93.

(5) For children at risk of neglect, abuse, or exploitation who are 0 to 14 years of age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.1.

(6) For limited-English-speaking and non-English-speaking children who are two years of age through kindergarten age, the adjustment factor shall be 1.1.

(e) Use of the adjustment factors shall not increase the provider agency's total annual allocation.

(f) Days of enrollment for children having more than one of the criteria outlined in subdivisions (c) and (d) shall not be reported under more than one of the above categories.

(g) The difference between the reimbursement resulting from the use of the adjustment factors outlined in subdivisions (c) and (d) and the reimbursement that would otherwise be received by a provider in the absence of the adjustment factors shall be used for special and appropriate services for each child for whom an adjustment factor is claimed.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 426, Sec. 4.)