SECTION 1. Chapter 15D of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 19. (a) A family placed in temporary emergency assistance shelter and receiving TAFDC assistance from the department of transitional assistance shall be eligible for the department of early education and care’s homeless childcare assistance vouchers when the family first arrives at the shelter and at any time the family chooses while residing in the shelter.
(b) A family receiving TAFDC assistance and living in any type of shelter shall be eligible for a full-time childcare referral from the department of transitional assistance.
(c) A letter verifying shelter residency will qualify a family receiving TAFDC assistance for a full-time childcare referral from the department of transitional assistance.
SECTION 2. Upon entry to a temporary emergency assistance shelter, domestic violence shelter, substance abuse and recovery shelter or non-emergency assistance shelter, children ages zero to three years old will be screened for development risk factors or delays. Screening standards shall be established in coordination with the department of public health.
SECTION 3. The department shall adopt regulations or policies for the administration of this act within 90 days of the effective date of this act.
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