Child Care Centers for State Employees
§74-4190 through §74-4192
Unofficial Compilation as of September 1, 2009
§74-4190. Child care centers - Administration – Priority in eligibility - Rates.
A. The Administrator of the Office of Personnel Management is authorized to approve and administer child care centers for minor dependents of state employees, and may provide consultation to state agencies regarding child care centers.
B. 1. The Administrator shall appoint an advisory committee to review the child care needs of state employees, recommend suitable sites for centers, monitor and evaluate the operation of centers.
2. The advisory body shall report annually on the progress of the centers to the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
C. The Department of Central Services, the Department of Human Services, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health are directed to assist the Administrator of the Office of Personnel Management in the implementation of Sections 4190 through 4192 of this title.
D. The Administrator is authorized to promulgate any rules necessary for the establishment and implementation of Sections 4190 through 4192 of this title.
E. Licensed spaces in the child care centers shall be open to all eligible children, including those individuals not employed by the State of Oklahoma and those financially eligible for Department of Human Services child care assistance. However, minor dependents of state employees shall be given highest priority and children financially eligible for Department of Human Services child care assistance second priority for all vacant spaces.
F. The Administrator shall approve rates for child care consistent with the rates of the industry within the geographic area.
Added by Laws 1989, c. 344, § 7. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 281, § 1, emerg. eff. May 29, 1990; Laws 1992, c. 367, § 12, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1994, c. 242, § 49; Laws 1995, c. 309, § 7, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2001, c. 381, § 21, eff. July 1, 2001.
§74-4191. Child care - Contracts - Required provider qualifications - Parental responsibility.
A. The Administrator of the Office of Personnel Management shall establish and administer child care centers with funds available for that purpose.
B. The Administrator of the Office of Personnel Management may approve a consortium, partnership, cooperative or agreement to provide child care centers with other public or private employers.
C. The child care centers shall be operated through a contract with child care providers. Specifications for a contract shall be developed with the assistance of, and subject to the approval of, the Administrator of the Office of Personnel Management. Any such contract shall be made through the Central Purchasing Division of the Department of Central Services. The low bid will not be the single qualifier. Any child care provider shall be required to carry sufficient liability insurance coverage which will pay damages incurred as a result of the negligent acts or omissions of an employee of the child care provider within the scope of the employment of such person. Any child care provider shall meet or exceed applicable state child care facilities licensure standards.
D. Nothing in this section shall prevent the Administrator from utilizing paragraph 13 of Section 85.5 of this title and paragraph 3 of subsection A of Section 85.7 of this title to continue the operation of a child care center with emergency contracts when the service provider's contract is canceled or terminated before another qualified service provider is procured. The employees of the Office of Personnel Management shall not be employed to operate the centers.
E. Any parent utilizing the services of a child care center shall be responsible for the charges assessed by the child care provider for child care services.
Added by Laws 1990, c. 281, § 2, emerg. eff. May 29, 1990. Amended by Laws 1995, c. 309, § 8, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 2001, c. 381, § 22, eff. July 1, 2001.
§74-4192. Child Care Revolving Fund.
There is hereby created in the State Treasury a revolving fund for the Office of Personnel Management, to be designated the "Child Care Revolving Fund". The fund shall be a continuing fund, not subject to fiscal year limitations, and shall consist of all monies received by the Office of Personnel Management, from appropriations or fees. All monies accruing to the credit of said fund are hereby appropriated and may be budgeted and expended by the Office of Personnel Management for the purpose of establishing and administering child care centers. All expenditures from said revolving fund shall be made upon warrants issued by the State Treasurer against claims filed as prescribed by law with the Director of State Finance for approval and payment.
Added by Laws 1990, c. 281, § 3, emerg. eff. May 29, 1990. Amended by Laws 2001, c. 381, § 23, eff. July 1, 2001.