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[121 STAT. 206]
[121 STAT. 206]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 206

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42 USC 9858 note.

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PUBLIC LAW 110–28—MAY 25, 2007


(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—The Secretary of Health and Human Services (referred to in this section as the ‘‘Secretary’’) shall establish a program to award grants to States, on a competitive basis, to assist States in providing funds to encourage the establishment and operation of employer-operated child care programs. (b) APPLICATION.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a State shall prepare and submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require, including an assurance that the funds required under subsection (e) will be provided. (c) AMOUNT AND PERIOD OF GRANT.—The Secretary shall determine the amount of a grant to a State under this section based on the population of the State as compared to the population of all States receiving grants under this section. The Secretary shall make the grant for a period of 3 years. (d) USE OF FUNDS.— (1) IN GENERAL.—A State shall use amounts provided under a grant awarded under this section to provide assistance to small businesses (or consortia formed in accordance with paragraph (3)) located in the State to enable the small businesses (or consortia) to establish and operate child care programs. Such assistance may include— (A) technical assistance in the establishment of a child care program; (B) assistance for the startup costs related to a child care program; (C) assistance for the training of child care providers; (D) scholarships for low-income wage earners; (E) the provision of services to care for sick children or to provide care to school-aged children; (F) the entering into of contracts with local resource and referral organizations or local health departments; (G) assistance for care for children with disabilities; (H) payment of expenses for renovation or operation of a child care facility; or (I) assistance for any other activity determined appropriate by the State. (2) APPLICATION.—In order for a small business or consortium to be eligible to receive assistance from a State under this section, the small business involved shall prepare and submit to the State an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the State may require. (3) PREFERENCE.— (A) IN GENERAL.—In providing assistance under this section, a State shall give priority to an applicant that desires to form a consortium to provide child care in a geographic area within the State where such care is not generally available or accessible. (B) CONSORTIUM.—For purposes of subparagraph (A), a consortium shall be made up of 2 or more entities that shall include small businesses and that may include large businesses, nonprofit agencies or organizations, local governments, or other appropriate entities. (4) LIMITATIONS.—With respect to grant funds received under this section, a State may not provide in excess of $500,000 in assistance from such funds to any single applicant.

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