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Pilot Project in San Diego; "6 to 6"   

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(a) (1) There is hereby established a two-year pilot project in San Diego County, upon the adoption of a resolution to that effect by the City Council of San Diego. The program established for purposes of the pilot project authorized by this section shall be known as the "6 to 6" program.

(2) The mission of the "6 to 6" program shall encompass, but not be limited to, the following extended schoolday activities.

(A) Homework assistance.

(B) Academic enrichment.

(C) Reading.

(D) Tutoring.

(E) Creative and performing arts.

(F) Sports and recreational activities.

(b) The "6 to 6" program shall consist of an extended schoolday program that is operated by a community-based organization, child care agency, or other entity that has demonstrated the ability to provide services to schoolage children pursuant to a contract with a public school district or city. The "6 to 6" program shall meet all of the following conditions:

(1) The program shall be operated on a schoolsite that is in current use by the public school or school district that has collaborated with the City of San Diego for the purpose of providing an extended schoolday program. The program shall serve the children who regularly attend school within the district or districts, exclusively. The hours of operation shall begin before school no earlier than 6:00 a.m. and operate after school to 6:00 p.m., except for evening parent meetings that may be scheduled later than 6:00 p.m.

(2) The city shall ensure all of the following:

(A) That employees of the operator of the "6 to 6" program have had a criminal background check performed by the Department of Justice. In this regard, the city shall ensure that the name of and identifying data about each prospective employee has been submitted to the Department of Justice to determine if the individual is listed in the department's child abuse index maintained pursuant to Section 11170 of the Penal Code. The city may deny participation of an individual in the "6 to 6" program if a purported incident of child abuse is determined, after independent investigation, to be substantiated as provided in Section 1522.1. The results of the criminal background check and child abuse index review shall be maintained by the city for purposes of notification of future convictions or suspected child abuse incidents.

(B) That each operator of the "6 to 6" program is familiar with and follows health-related services procedures as specified in Section 101226 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.

(C) That each operator of the "6 to 6" program maintains emergency information on each child that includes, but is not limited to, the telephone number of the child's parents or guardians, the telephone number of the child's physician or the name and telephone number of the child's health plan or contact person, and an alternative name and telephone number.

(3) Any individuals employed as site supervisors shall meet the center director qualifications specified in Section 101515 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.

(4) All individuals employed by the "6 to 6" program shall be over the age of 18 years and shall meet, at a minimum, the minimum qualifications for an instructional aide established for purposes of Section 8483.4 of the Education Code, or the equivalent qualifications.

(5) All staff shall have training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid.

(6) All staff shall have a negative tuberculosis test or chest X-ray within the last three years.

(7) All staff shall be familiar with and adhere to the emergency procedures established by the school where the program is located.

(8) The contract with the city or school district shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:

(A) A requirement that site directors meet the requirements for site directors of schoolage day care centers set forth in Section 1597.21.

(B) A requirement that the contractor require a child-to-staff ratio that is the pupil-to-staff ratio set forth in Section 8483.4 of the Education Code. The contract shall contain a provision that requires the contractor to maintain the minimum staffing ratio pursuant to this paragraph and shall contain protocols for maintaining required staffing ratios in the event of illness, accidents, and other emergencies and staffing breaks and other situations of absences.

(C) A requirement that the contractor comply with sign-in and sign-out regulations otherwise applicable by regulation to extended schoolday programs pursuant to Section 101529.1 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.

(D) A complaint process established by the city with protocols that shall include a requirement that the contractor comply with all of the following:

(i) Post, in a visible location at all sites, the names and telephone numbers of the site director and city program contact to each participant's parents or guardian.

(ii) Provide to each participant's parents or guardian the names and telephone numbers specified in clause (i).

(E) A provision guaranteeing the city's timely investigation of accidents and complaints and providing for the immediate administrative leave of contracted employees pending the outcome of the investigation in cases relating to allegations involving a substantial threat to the health and safety of the children under the contractor's care. All parents shall be notified of the complaint process at the time of registration.

(9) All classrooms or portable classrooms utilized by the "6 to 6" program providing extended day care shall meet all standards applicable for use during the regular schoolday.

(c) The "6 to 6" program shall be planned through a neighborhood community collaborative partnership process that includes the city, school district, school administrators, government agencies, community organizations, parents, youth, and the private sector.

(d) In addition to the exemptions set forth in Section 1596.792, this chapter shall not apply to the "6 to 6" program if the contracting city ensures the program is operated in compliance with the requirements of this section.

(e) (1) The city shall secure the services of an independent entity to evaluate the "6 to 6" program. The Community Care Licensing Division of the department and the city shall agree upon the independent evaluator. The city shall bear the cost of the evaluation.

(2) The evaluation shall be conducted upon the completion of the pilot project and shall evaluate the health and safety of the participants in the "6 to 6" program, with a particular focus on children ages five to eight years, inclusive.

(3) The evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, the health and safety of the children, information on staff to pupil ratio, site and program monitoring, and extent and progress of participation, tutoring, literacy, and homework assistance.

(4) The independent evaluator designated pursuant to paragraph (1) shall have experience in program evaluation, with a preference for expertise in children's programs. The independent evaluator shall not have any conflicts of interest with the independent evaluator's duties pursuant to this section.

(5) The results of the evaluation shall be forwarded to the Legislature.

(6) The city shall maintain any records necessary in order for the evaluation to be completed. The city shall compare the results of the evaluation to local community care licensing data.

(f) No charges or costs associated with the provision of care shall be imposed upon participants in the "6 to 6" program.

(g) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2002, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2002, deletes or extends that date.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 135, Sec. 93.)