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From the ECS State Policy Database
P-3 Governance


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This database is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States (ECS). Most entries are legislative, although rules/regulations and executive orders that make substantive changes are included. Every effort is made to collect the latest available version of policies; in some instances, recent changes might not be reflected. For expediency purposes minimal attention has been paid to style (capitalization, punctuation) and format.

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State Status/Date Level Summary
MDSigned into law 04/2014P-12State Early Childhood Advisory Council
H.B. 461
Establishes a state early childhood advisory council to coordinate efforts among early childhood care and education programs, conduct a needs assessment, and develop a statewide strategic report on early childhood education and care. Defines membership, leader...

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HIAdopted 04/2014P-12Study on the Cost of Estalishing Public Preschool under the Department of Education
H.R. 174
Requests that the legislative reference bureau study the cost of establishing public preschool under the department of education, and submit its findings not less than 20 days before the beginning of the 2015 session. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2014/...

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NVIssued 10/2013P-12Early Childhood Governance
E.O. 2013-16
Orders The Head Start Collaboration and Early Childhood Systems Office and the Office of Early Child Care and Education currently operating under the direction and control of the Department of Health and Human Services to be transferred to the Department of Ed...

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ORSigned into law 07/2013P-12Establishing the Early Learning Division
H.B. 3234 (Section 1)
Establishes the Early Learning Division in the department of education. Places the division under the direction of the Early Learning Council and the responsibilities of the Early Learning Council are transferred to the Early Learning Division. Directs unexpe...

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CTSigned into law 06/2013P-12Lead Governing Agence Created - Office of Early Childhood
E.O. 35
The Governor orders and directs the Office of Early Childhood to be the lead agency for the administration of programs, funding, and the coordinated system. Specifies duties and requires all executive branch agencies to collaborate and cooperate with the Offic...

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FLSigned into law 06/2013P-12P-3 Governance
H.B. 7165
Establishes a division within the Department of Education called the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice which must include the Office of Early Learning (OEL) and the Office of K-12 School Choice. (Sec. 20)

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NVSigned into law 06/2013P-12Early Childhood Member of P-16 Council
A.B. 259
Adds the requirement that the governor appoint a member to the P-16 Advisory Council who possesses knowledge of and experience in early childhood education programs and services for children from birth through prekindergarten.
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Sessio...

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INSigned into law 05/2013P-12Early Education Evaluation Program
H.B. 1004
Establishes the Early Education Evaluation Program to gather data concerning the school readiness of low-income children who have received early education services through providers with programs of demonstrated quality that require parental involvement in the...

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NVSigned into law 05/2013P-12Early Childhood Advisory Council
A.B. 79
Establishes the Nevada Early Childhood Advisory Council as the state advisory council on early childhood education and care. Defines duties and membership.
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/AB/AB79_EN.pdf   ...

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MSSigned into law 04/2013P-12Prekindergarten Programs
S.B. 2395
Directs the State DOE to establish a voluntary prekindergarten program to be implemented no later than 2014-15. Requires funding to be phased in. Transfers the duties and responsibilities relative to this "early learning collaborative act" from the Department ...

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KYSigned into law 03/2013P-12Early Childhood Governance
H.B. 184
Attaches the early childhood advisory council to the office of the governor. Amends various sections to change the name of the Early Childhood Development Authority to the Early Childhood Advisory Council. Directs the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to ...

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NYSigned into law 07/2012P-12Early Intervention Coordinating Council Membership
A.B. 9347
Adds the superintendent of financial services to the early intervention coordinating council; in doing so, makes council membership compliant with federal requirement that at least one member represent the agency responsible for the state regulation of privat...

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HISigned into law 06/2012P-12Early Learning System
S.B. 2545
Provides legislative findings. Establishes the executive office on early learning, to be temporarily placed in the office of the governor, and permanently established within the department of education for administrative purposes only, effective July 2015. Est...

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OHSigned into law 06/2012P-12Duties of Early Childhood Advisory Council
S.B. 316 - Duties of Early Childhood Advisory Council
Amends the duties of the early childhood advisory council. Repeals provision directing the council to advise the state regarding the creation and duties of the center for early childhood development. Page 44 of 592: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText1...

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ILAdopted 05/2012P-12Early Childhood Block Grant
23 IL ADC 235.20, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70; 23 IL ADC 235.APP. A, B, C
From Illinois Register: This rulemaking resulted from the state board's application for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to design and implement early learning and development systems that are comprehensive in scope and c...

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HISigned into law 04/2012P-12Hawaii Early Intervention Coordinating Council
S.B. 2828
Revises the Hawaii Early Intervention Coordinating Council membership and functions to be consistent with part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requirements regarding the state interagency coordinating council. http://www.capitol.ha...

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FLVetoed 04/2012P-12School Readiness Programs
H.B. 5103
From final bill analysis: Conforms applicable statutes to the appropriations provided in the General Appropriations Act for the school readiness program for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Defines terms for purposes of the School Readiness Act. Requires definitions...

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LASigned into law 04/2012P-12Louisiana Early Childhood Education Act.
S.B. 581
Requires the state board of education to create a comprehensive and integrated network through which to manage and oversee all programs funded through state or federal resources that provide early childhood care or educational services.The board will establish...

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CAIssued 02/2012P-12State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care
E.O. B-15-12
Designates the existing Head Start and Early Learning Advisory Committee as the state advisory council on early childhood education and care. Provides the committee will carry out the state advisory council role for the federal Improving Head Start for School ...

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NMSigned into law 02/2012P-12Governance Structure for Child Development
S.B. 187
The 2011 Early Childhood Care and Education Act created the State Early Learning Advisory Council, charged with making recommendations to enhance return on investment in early childhood care and education and to foster coordination and alignment of early child...

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NJIssued 10/2011P-12Early Learning Commission
E.O. 77
Creates the New Jersey Commission for Early Learning and Development.

Identifies five members of the Commission: Commissioner of the Department of Education; the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families or her designee; the Commissioner of the...

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ORSigned into law 07/2011P-12
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Early Learning Council within the Oregon Education Investment Board
S.B. 909 - Early Learning Council Section
Section 4 of this bill establishes the Early Learning Council (ELC) and ELC purposes. Specifies membership. Requires that moneys in the Oregon Education Investment Fund in the State Treasury be used for the purpose of funding the duties of the board related to...

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COSigned into law 05/2011P-12Colorado Early Learning Council Advisory Team
S.B. 247
Repeals the Colorado Early Learning Council Advisory Team.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2011a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/67F42E4F689F9AAC87257872007BDDE1?Open&file=247_enr.pdf...

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NDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Early Childhood Education Council
S.B. 2150 - Multiple Provisions
Makes changes to definitions and adds commissioner of commerce (or designee) and an individual representing children with disabilities to membership of the council. Removes roles of principal and elementary teacher. Revises duties (i.e., review availability an...

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WASigned into law 04/2011P-12Early Learning Advisory Council
S.B. 5389
To fully comply with requirements in the federal head start act regarding state advisory council membership, Washington must amend existing law to reflect necessary changes in early learning advisory council membership in accordance with the federal requiremen...

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NMSigned into law 04/2011P-12Early Learning Act and Advisory Council
S.B. 120
The Act establishes a comprehensive early childhood care and education system through an aligned continuum of
state and private programs, including home visitation, early intervention, child care, early head start, head start, early
childhood special educatio...

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MNIssued 03/2011P-12The Early Learning Council
E.O. 11-05
Creates the Early Learning Council to serve as the state advisory council on early childhood education and care. The council will consists of up to 30 members, 26 of whom are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The following individuals are...

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ILIssued 06/2010P-12Office of Early Childhood Development
Executive Order 8
Creates the Office of Early Childhood Development in the governor's office. Provides that the purpose of the office is to coordinate the work of the Council and its committees, and support collaborative efforts to coordinate, improve, and expand existing early...

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COSigned into law 05/2010P-12Early Childhood Leadership Commission
S.B. 195
Creates the Early Childhood Leadership Commission to advance a comprehensive service delivery system for children from birth to 8 years of age using data to improve decision-making, alignment, and coordination among federally funded and state-funded services a...

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HIBecame law without governor's signature 04/2010P-12Early Learning Council Meetings
S.B. 2121
Allows the Early Learning Council to conduct meetings by teleconference. Sets out quorum requirements and public notice and participation requirements for teleconference meetings. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2010/Bills/SB2121_.HTM...

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COIssued 03/2010P-12Governor's Early Childhood Leadership Commission
Exec. Order B 2010-002
The Commission is to ensure and advance a comprehensive service delivery system for children from birth to age eight using data to improve decision-making, alignment, and coordination among federally-funded and state-funded services and programs. The Early Chi...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12MOUs Between State and Head Start Programs
S.B. 79
Requires grantees under the Preschool for All Children program to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the appropriate local Head Start agency within three months of the awarding of the grantee's grant. Requires collaboration between the grantee...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Early Childhood Cabinet Appointment
H.B. 1 - Section 265.10.23
Directs the governor to appoint to the early childhood cabinet a representative of a board of health of a city or general health district or an authority having the duties of a board of health
Pages 2801-2802 of 3120: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillTex...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Center for Early Childhood Development
H.B. 1 - Section 265.70.10
Directs the governor and the state superintendent to create the Center for Early Childhood Development in the department of education, comprised of staff from the DOE, department of job and family services, department of health, and any other state agency as t...

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GAAdopted 04/2009P-12Bright from the Start Program
GAC 591-1-1-.16 and .31
Amends rules concerning the Bright From the Start Program, including governing body, licensure and staff....

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HIVeto overridden: legislature has overridden governor's veto 07/2008P-12Early Learning System
S.B. 2878
Establishing an early learning system to be known as keiki first steps, to ensure a spectrum of high-quality early learning opportunities statewide for children birth-kindergarten entry, with priority given to underserved or at-risk children. Provides the earl...

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WASigned into law 03/2008P-12Washington Head Start Program
H.B. 3168
The department of early learning (DEL) is directed to develop a proposal for the implementation of a statewide Washington head start program. The proposal should align the the state early childhood education and assistance program with federal head start progr...

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WVIssued 10/2007P-12Governor's "Early Care and Education" Council
Executive Order No. 11-07
Orders that The Partners in Implementing an Early Care and Education System is authorized to study the issues of governance as it relates to early care and education, to develop standards for a quality early care and education program, and to examine the costs...

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DESigned into law 06/2007P-12Early Care and Education Council
H.B. 126
Extends the repeal of the Early Care and Education Council; provides for annual reports to the Interagency Resource Management Committee regarding early childhood services.
http://www.legis.state.de.us/LIS/lis144.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+126/$file/legis.html?open...

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COSigned into law 05/2007P-12Statewide Early Childhood Councils
H.B. 1062
Concerns the creation of a statewide system of early childhood councils to improve and sustain availability, accessibility, capacity and quality of services. The councils will be governed by the department of human services in collaboration with departments of...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12Addresses Authority Issues
S.B. 5952
From final House Bill report: The Department of Early Learning (DEL) was established in 2006 as an executive branch agency whose primary duties are to implement early learning policy and to coordinate, consolidate, and integrate child care and early learning p...

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AZApproved by voters 07/2006P-12Early Childhood Development and Health Initiative
V. 18 (Prop. 203)
(PROPOSITION 203 I-16-2006) Increases funding for early childhood development and health programs. Purpose is to improve quality and increase access to early childhood development activities. Also will increase access to preventative health care programs and ...

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VTIssued 06/2006P-12Building Bright Futures Council
E.O. 03-06
Establishes the Building Bright Futures Council, a public-private partnership, to support the creation of an integrated system of early childhood care, health and education that will assure equitable access for all children and families seeking services, maxim...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12Department of Early Learning
H.B. 2964
Finds that the early years of a child's life are critical to the child's healthy brain development and that the quality of caregiving during the early years can significantly impact the child's intellectual, social, and emotional development. Declares that the...

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MDIssued 03/2006P-12Amends Membership of the Advisory Council for Children
01.01.2006-03 (Executive Order)
Amends amend Executive Order 01.01.2005.34, which established the Advisory Council for Children; the Governor's Office for Children as a separate agency within the Executive Department to provide a coordinated, comprehensive, interagency approach to the develo...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Early Childhood Program Governance
A.B. 2525 (multiple provisions)
Deletes provision requiring the State Department of Education to take certain actions in administering child care and child development programs, including, but not limited to, establishing a review group composed of certain representatives and to submit all p...

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GASigned into law 05/2004P-12School Readiness Office
S.B. 456
Changes the name of the "Office of School Readiness" to "Bright From The Start: Georgia's Office of Early Care and Education;" makes the office a separate budget unit; revises definitions; changes certain provisions relating to the director of the office; adds...

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NHSigned into law 05/2004P-12Membership of the Advisory Committee on Child Care
S.B. 416
Adds representatives of Early Learning New Hampshire to the advisory committee on child care and removes obsolete member references. http://gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2004/SB0416.html...

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VASigned into law 03/2004P-12Early Intervention Agencies Committee
H.B. 15
Abolishes the Early Intervention Agencies Committee created to ensure the implementation of a comprehensive system for early intervention services and to make recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Secretary of Education on issu...

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ORSigned into law 06/2003P-12Employment Department
H.B. 2191
Includes Employment Department in development of voluntary statewide early childhood system; involves local child care resource and referral agencies in work of local commissions on children and families; expands definition of child for certification and regis...

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OKSigned into law 04/2003P-12Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Act
H.B. 1094
Creates the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Act; states intent, purposes, and goals; creates the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Board; states powers and duties of the Board; requires annual report and specifies contents of report; designat...

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GASigned into law 05/2002P-12Joint Study Committee on Early Childhood Education
H.R. 1105
Creates the Joint Study Committee on Early Childhood Education. Mandates the committee to undertake a study of the importance of early childhood education in Georgia´s future and any and all issues related to its success. Such issues include the impact of thi...

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OKSigned into law 04/2002P-12Child Care Facilities Licensing Act-Single licensure process
S.B. 1584
An Act relating to children; amending 10 O.S. 2001, Section 401, which relates to the Oklahoma Child Care Facilities Licensing Act; requiring specified entities to develop a single child care licensure process for certain use; clarifying formatting; and provi...

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MESigned into law 04/2002P-12Child Care Facility Requirements
H.B. 1523
Changes the day care center references to child care facility; changes the definition of children in the laws governing nursery schools, which is based on the age of a child; changes the definition of day care centers and nursery school; removes provision in t...

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INSigned into law 03/2002P-12Child Care Regulation
H.B. 1214
Extends the expiration date of the law establishing the board for the coordination of child care regulation and the terms of board members; permits the board or a subcommittee of the board to meet any time; requires the board to establish a subcommittee to mak...

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ORSigned into law 07/2001P-12Voluntary Statewide Early Childhood System
H.B. 3659
Directs the Commission on Children and Families, the Department of Education and the Department of Human Services to jointly establish polices for voluntary statewide early childhood system; specifies that these agencies develop a plan for sharing and linking ...

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FLVetoed 05/2001P-12Demonstration program for prevention of learning problems in young children
S.B. 1018
Relates to prevention of learning problems in young children; authorizes a demonstration program to be called Learning Gateway; creates a steering committee; provides for membership and appointment of steering committee members; establishes duties of the steer...

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Early Childhood Services
S.B. 665
Relates to the creation of an office within the Health and Human Services Commission for coordinating the delivery of early childhood services....

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COSigned into law 03/2001P-12Dept. of Ed. oversight for state preschool program
H.B. 1041
Concerns the duties of the Colorado Department of Education in providing oversight of the Colorado Preschool Program....

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NJSigned into law 11/2000P-12Office of Early Childhood Education
A.B. 2123
Establishes a Division of Early Childhood Education in the Department of Education; states the division shall be responsible for program standards, staff credentials, program design and facilities, the coordination of early childhood programs and services in c...

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NJSigned into law 11/2000P-12Commission on Early Childhood Education
A.B. 2122
Establishes the Commission on Early Childhood Education in but not of the Department of Education; provides for its membership and appointment of members; provides for the commission to provide advice on early childhood issues such as staff credentials for pre...

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ALSigned into law 05/2000P-12Office of School Readiness and Pre-Kindergarten Program
S.B. 132
Creates the Office of School Readiness within the Department of Children's Affairs; provides for the operation and management of a voluntary pre-kindergarten program....

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MDVetoed 05/2000P-12Early Child Care and Education Centers Grant Program
S.B. 793
Establishes the Judith P. Hoyer Early Care and Education Centers and Education Enhancement Grant Program for the development of collaborative approaches to delivery of full-day early care and education and family support services; defines terms; designates the...

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MDSigned into law 05/2000P-12Blue Ribbon Commission
S.B. 869
Creates the Judith P. Hoyer Blue Ribbon Commission on the Financing of Early Child Care and Education; provides for the purpose, duties, and membership of the Commission; provides for the terms and compensation of members; provides for the appointment of membe...

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KYSigned into law 04/2000P-12Office of Early Childhood Development
H.B. 240
Relates to reorganization; creates the Office of Early Childhood Development within the Office of the Governor....

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MSSigned into law 04/2000P-12Early Childhood Services Interagency Coordinating Council
H.B. 418
Establishes an Early Childhood Services Interagency Coordinating Council; provides for the membership and organization of the Council; defines the responsibilities of the Council; establishes an interagency advisory committee to the Council; provides for the m...

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HISigned into law 04/2000P-12Good Beginnings Alliance
H.B. 536
Expands the life of the Good Beginnings Alliance to 2010; expands the membership of the Interdepartmental Council by 2 members; expands the representation of the GBA Board of Directors by 5 representatives....

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KYSigned into law 04/2000P-12Early Childhood Development Authority
H.B. 706
Establishes the Early Childhood Development Authority in the Office of the Governor to manage expenditures of the early childhood development fund; requires 17 members to be appointed; sets term limits for members of the authority; establishes duties of the au...

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