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Council Committee Meetings for Thursday, April 5

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Council Committee Meetings
for Thursday, April 5

The following Committee meetings are scheduled for Thursday, April 5. Individuals interested in attending a Committee meeting should confirm the information on the day of the meeting by visiting the Council’s web page at or by calling the Council’s Legislative Information Office at 240-777-7931. All meetings are held in the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Md.), unless otherwise noted.

Meeting: Government Operations and Fiscal Policy (GO)
Date/Time: Thursday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.
Location: Third floor council conference room
GO Committee: Council Vice President  Nancy Navarro (chair), Councilmember Sidney Katz and Council President Hans Riemer
Topic(s): Interagency Technology Policy and Coordination Committee Work Plan
The GO Committee will meet to review the Interagency Technology Policy and Coordination Work Plan.  The ITPCC brings together all six agencies of county government, both at the highest policy level through their Executives, and at the technology level through their CIOs, to jointly consider strategies that optimize the deployment and use of information technology for all County residents, visitors and businesses.  The staff report can be found at:

Overview- Agencies’ Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 information technology programs and budgets
The committee will also receive an overview of the Agencies’ FY19 information technology programs and budgets.
The staff report can be found at:

Meeting: Joint Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee
Date/Time: Thursday April 5, 2 p.m.
Location: Seventh floor hearing room
ED Committee: Councilmembers Craig Rice (chair), Marc Elrich and Council Vice President Nancy Navarro
HHS Committee: Councilmembers George Leventhal (chair), Roger Berliner and Craig Rice
Topic(s): OLO Report 2018-6, Best Practices for Infants and Toddlers Childcare Programs
The ED and HHS Committees will meet jointly to review Office of Legislative Oversight (OLO) Report 2018-6.  The council tasked OLO to develop this report as follow up to last year’s pre-kindergarten report by OLO. This report synthesizes the research describing best practices among high-quality infant and toddler childcare programs and the prevalence of these practices. Four key findings have emerged as a result of the review:

  • High-quality programs employ best practices and local licensing requirements for staff ratios and group sizes as well as accreditation requirements overall align with best practices.
  • Few local childcare programs are accredited or rate at the highest levels in Maryland EXCELS (quality rating and improvement system) that reflects the use of best practices.
  • The cost of high-quality childcare often exceeds what low and moderate-income families can afford to pay, even with the support of government subsidies.
  • Expanding publicly supported pre-k without significant investments in infant and toddler care could undermine the quality and quantity of current infant and toddler programs.

The staff report can be found at:

The Committee meetings will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM). The channel can be viewed on Cable Channels 996 (high definition) and 6 (standard definition) on Comcast; Channels 1056 (HD) and 6 (SD) on RCN; and Channel 30 on Verizon. The meetings also will be available live via streaming through the Council website at .

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Release ID: 18-096
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 2407777926