I am an owner of a center in far southwest VA. First off I have to say THANK YOU as I am happy that there will hopefully be an increase in subsidy pay to meet the cost of the actual spot. This will help with teacher incentives, pay raises, additional staffing to cover when other staff calls out, etc.,
However, I would hope that you could do a system much like NC where the center director inputs the child's attendance into the computer system and then the center is paid a weekly rate for the spot being held versus daily swiping. A lot of parents lose their cards, forget to mark absences, don't find the time to swipe, etc., I feel more like a warden tracking these families down to swipe daily or catch up on swiping then anything else.
I also agree with many comments about job search and such. It needs to be limited to one to two months of job search depending upon the current job market. Currently there are jobs everywhere so I think one month is more than fair.
I like the set family co-pays as well because it makes it easier on me when doing the billing side of things to know it is just one of so many options instead of 1001 variables.
I was very worried about having to get self pay parents to pay the same rate and am relieved that at this moment it will not be required.