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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
LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant and Early Learning Oversight
S.B. 524
Provides directives to the department of education upon transfer of lead agency authority from the department of children and family services to the department of education for the Child Care and Development Fund. Directs the state board to promulgate rules to...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Local Enrollment Coordination Process for Publicly Funded Early Childhood Care and Education
S.B. 533
Defines "local early learning enrollment coordinator" as an approved entity that conducts a process for informing families about publicly-funded and Type III licensed early childhood care and education programs in the coverage area; collects family preferences...

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CTSigned into law 06/2014P-12Access to Preschool for Children in Out-of-Home Care
S.B. 424
Requires the Commissioner of Children and Families, in consultation with the Office of Early Childhood, to adopt policies and procedures that maximize the enrollment of preschool-aged children who are placed in out-of-home care in eligible preschool programs. ...

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LASigned into law 06/2014P-12Rewriting Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program Provisions
H.B. 954
Repeals existing Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program. Creates the the Cecil J. Picard LA 4 Early Childhood Program ("LA 4 Program"). Subject to availability of funds, requires the LA 4 Program to be made available to every eligible four-year-old. Esta...

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SCSigned into law 06/2014P-12Read to Succeed Office
S.B. 516
Creates the Read to Succeed Office to implement a comprehensive, systemic approach to reading which requires that classroom teachers use evidence-based reading instruction in prekindergarten through grade twelve, to include oral language, phonological awarenes...

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MOTo governor 05/2014P-12PreK Eligibility and Funding
H.B. 1689
Provides that a child will be eligible for admission to a school district prekindergarten program if the child reaches the age of three before the first day of August of the school year beginning in that calendar year. Provides that a district that offers prek...

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VTSigned into law 05/2014P-12Publicly funded Prekindergarten
H.B. 270
Provides access to at least ten hours per week of high-quality, publicly funded prekindergarten education for 35 weeks annually to any "prekindergarten child" whom the parent or guardian wishes to enroll in an available, prequalified program. A prekindergarten...

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TNSigned into law 05/2014P-12PreK for Children of Armed Service Personnel
S.B. 2093
Makes the children of armed services personnel who were killed or reported missing in action eligible to attend pilot pre-kindergarten programs and requires licensed child care agencies to prioritize such children on any waiting list for admission.
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MEBecame law without governor's signature 04/2014P-12Universal Voluntary Prekindergarten
L.D. 1530/S.P. 577
Changes the compulsory age for school attendance from 7 to 5 and requires universal voluntary prekindergarten education by the 2017-2018 school year. Requires the development of standards for prekindergarten education programs, recommendations for statewide pr...

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KYSigned into law 04/2014P-12School-Located Health Care or Dental Care
S.B. 159
Amends definition of not-for-profit primary care center that may be authorized to provide a school-located health care program. Authorizes provision of a school-located dental care program. Authorizes a school-located health care or dental care program to be p...

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MDSigned into law 04/2014P-12Prekindergarten Expansion Act of 2014
S.B. 332
Provides publicly-funded prekindergarten to 4-year-old children whose families have incomes at or below 300% of the federal poverty line. Requires the children to be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the school year. Mandates the department of education ...

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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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UTSigned into law 04/2014P-12Utah School Readiness Initiative
H.B. 96
Establishes the School Readiness Initiative. Defines "Eligible LEA" as an LEA with data system capacity to collect longitudinal academic outcome data, including special education use by student, using a statewide unique student identifier.

Creates the School ...

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UTSigned into law 03/2014P-12UPSTART Pilot Program
S.B. 148
Lowers household income threshold for purposes of UPSTART program eligibility. Provides that if the number of families wishing to participate in UPSTART exceeds the number of available slots, the contractor mjust give priority to preschool children from low in...

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INSigned into law 03/2014P-12Property Tax Exemption for Preschools
S.B. 158
Allows for-profit early childhood education service providers (for children 4-6 years old) to receive a certain property tax exemption if the organization meets certain criteria. http://iga.in.gov/static-documents/9/0/3/2/903260c2/SB0158.04.ENRS.pdf...

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WASigned into law 03/2014P-12Early Education for Children in the Child Welfare System
H.B. 2519
From the digest: Requires a family assessment response worker to: (1) Assess for child safety and child well-being when collaborating with a family to determine the need for child care, preschool, or home visiting services and, as appropriate, refer children t...

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NYSigned into law 07/2013P-12Participation on Preschool Special Education Committee
A.B. 6881
Removes the requirement that an additional parent of a child with a disability be present at any meeting for a Committee on Preschool Special Education unless the parents of the preschool child in which the committee is for, or another member of the committee,...

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CTSigned into law 07/2013P-12Reading Assessments for Teachers and State-Wide Reading Plan
S.B. 1097
Requires K-3 teachers biennially to take a survey on reading instruction based on reading instruction examination approved by SBE or an alternative yet comparable reading instruction examination that is equivalent to the examination approved by the State Board...

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CASigned into law 07/2013P-12Preschool and Child Care and Development Services (education finance omnibus)
A.B. 86 - Fee Schedule for Preschool and Child Care and Development Services
From bill summary: Requires the superintendent of public instruction to establish a revised fee schedule for families using preschool and child care and development services for children from infancy through age 13. Requires the superintendent to first submit ...

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CASigned into law 07/2013P-12Fees Collected for Preschool Program Participation (education finance omnibus)
A.B. 86 - Fees Collected for Preschool Program Participation
From bill summary: Requires the superintendent of public instruction to annually report to the Department of Finance, on or before October 1 of each year, the fees collected from families who have children enrolled in the California state preschool program. ht...

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WASigned into law 06/2013P-12Budget - Expand Preschool
S.B. 5034
From bill analysis: Expand Preschool - Funding is provided to expand access to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), pursuant to RCW 43.215.142. Funding is provided for an additional 350 enrollment slots in the 2013-14 school year at $6...

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AZSigned into law 06/2013P-12Charter School Provisions
S.B. 1447
Requires charter schools to provide students with 180 instructional days, up from 175. Provides that charter schools can offer preschool programs for students with disabilities. Finds that charter schools will receive $1,654 in Additional Assistance for disa...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Full-Day Prekindergarten Pilot
H.B. 1122 - Full-Day Prekindergarten Pilot
Section 1 of this bill permits the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) to implement a pilot 3-year high school diploma option. Section 2 directs the commissioner of education, beginning with the first school year following the first school year in which D...

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FLSigned into law 06/2013P-12Early Learning Coalitions and School Readiness Program
H.B. 7165
Establishes thirty-one or fewer early learning coalitions that offer services for families and children at the local level and provide access to such services in all 67 counties. Sets powers and duties of the coalition related to school readiness programs whic...

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IASigned into law 06/2013P-12Additional Uses for Preschool Aid; Kindergarten Readiness Assmt.
H.F. 215 - Division XIV
Defines additional uses for preschool aid money. Allows for community-based providers to use the money for professional development, instructional equipment, materials, and other direct costs. Unused preschool money at the end of the year is to be used to buil...

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COSigned into law 05/2013P-12Preschool Funding and Improving Program Quality
S.B. 260 - Preschool Funding and Improving Program Quality
From fiscal note: Increases the number of slots in the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) by 3,200.

Creates the Expanding Quality Incentive Program in the department of education and within the CPP. Through this program, permits districts with existing CPP pro...

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HISigned into law 05/2013P-12Statewide School Readiness Program
S.B. 1093
Establishes the Preschool Open Doors Program as the statewide school readiness program within the Department of Human Services. Requires that priority be given to 4-year-old students who were not eligible to attend public school kindergarten in the calendar ye...

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COSigned into law 05/2013P-12Early Head Start Grant Program
H.B. 1291
Creates the Colorado Early Head Start (EHS) Grant Program in the Office of Early Childhood to expand enrollment of infants, toddlers and pregnant mothers in center- or home-based Early Head Start, improve quality care, provide tiered reimbursement to providers...

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WASigned into law 04/2013P-12Early Learning Opportunities.
H.B. 1723
Amends existing law to express intent to establish the Early Start Program to provide a continuum of high quality and accountable early learning opportunities for Washington's parents and children. Allows schools administering the Washington kindergarten inven...

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IASigned into law 04/2013P-12Preschool Enrollment Considered "Of Compulsory Age"
H.F. 351
Adds a new section to require a child who has reached the age of four by September 15 and who is enrolled in the statewide preschool program to be considered to be of compulsory attendance age unless the parent or guardian of the child submits written notice t...

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WVSigned into law 04/2013P-12Early Childhood Programs
S.B. 359
Requires county boards to provide education programs for all children who have attained the age of four prior to September 1 of the school year of initial enrollment. Stipulates that these programs should be full day and five days a week by the 2016-2017 schoo...

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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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NDSigned into law 04/2013P-12Early Childhood Education
H.B. 1429 and S.B. 2229
Amended section related to prekindergarten program. Authorizes a district to establish an early childhood program (deleted "prekindergarten program") provided the program is approved by the superintendent of public instruction. The district may support that pr...

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TNSigned into law 04/2013P-12Pre-K Programs
H.B. 839
Changes the date by which children must be four years of age from September 30 to August 31 for the 2013-2014 school year and to August 15 for school years thereafter for entrance in public pre-kindergarten programs.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB...

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NESigned into law 04/2013P-12Changes to Education Funding
L.B. 967
Reduces by half the teacher education and instructional time allowances and aid under TEEOSA for fiscal year 2015-16 and eliminates it completely in FY2016-17. The bill also provides district reorganization support grants. For FY2014-15 and FY2015-16, LB967 in...

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ORSigned into law 04/2013P-12Criminal Background Checks for Early Childhood Education Programs
S.B. 104
Makes amendment to include early childhood education programs be being able to request fingerprints and conduct a background check.
https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2013R1/Measures/Text/SB104/Enrolled...

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KYSigned into law 03/2013P-12Preschool Participation
H.B. 220
Changes the birthdate for half-day preschool eligibility from October 1 to August 1, effective 2017. Repeals KRS 157.226, "Preschool program for disabled children," and moves provisions to KRS 157.3175. Requires that funds appropriated by the general assembly ...

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NYSigned into law 07/2012P-12Transportation of Certain Pre-Kindergarten Students
S.B. 7218
Permits a district to authorize transportation for students attending a universal prekindergarten program in addition to transpotation funded by such program or transportation for students attending another district-sponsored or -run prekindergarten program, w...

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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-12Licensure of Preschool and Child Care Programs
S.B. 316 - Licensure of Preschool and Child Care Programs
Defines "school child," "child care," and other terms. Removes various references to preschool or school child program license renewal and to issuance of a two-year license to such a program upon successful completion of term of provisional license. Adds new l...

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CAPassed 06/2012P-12Early Childhood Education
S.R. 32
Proclaims the importance of early childhood education; encourages senate constituents to enroll their chidren in preschool and other early childhood education programs.
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sr_32_bill_20120621_enrolled.pdf...

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NCSigned into law 06/2012P-12Pre-K Eligibility
H.B. 966
Directs the Division of Child Development and Early Education to establish income eligibility requirements for the NC Pre-K program not to exceed seventy-five percent (75%) of the State median income. Determines that up to twenty percent (20%) of children enro...

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LASigned into law 06/2012P-12Waivers from Early Childhood Enrichment Activities Requirement
S.B. 155
Transfers from the state board to the department the authority to grant waivers from the requirement that each Cecil J. Picard LA4 Early Childhood Program provide enrichment activities. Repeals requirement that waiver applicant have specific, achievable plans ...

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COSigned into law 06/2012P-12Preschool Programs in Charter Schools
H.B. 1240 (section 51)
Allows charter schools that are authorized to provide kindergarten to also offer preschool programs. Addresses requirements for the preschool programs.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2012a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/A386D89EDA600136872579820026D8D7?Open&file=1...

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LAAdopted 05/2012P-12Health and Safety Rules and Regulations for Approved Non-Public School Three-Year-Old Programs
LAC 28:LXXIX.Chapter 30
2011 H.B. 373 authorizes approved nonpublic elementary schools to offer prekindergarten instruction to 3-year-olds. New provisions provide rules and regulations to protect the health and safety of 3-year-olds attending prekindergarten at an approved nonpublic ...

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AKSigned into law 05/2012P-12Early Childhood Education Program
S.B. 182
Establishes a Parents as Teachers Program for the benefit of children under 5, to be planned, implemented, and reported on by the Department of Education and Early Development. The program must provide a system of early childhood education that, among other th...

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CTSigned into law 05/2012P-12Early Childhood Education Facilities
S.B. 458
(Sec. 1) Requires the SBE to provide funds to appropriate school districts to create 1,000 new school readiness spaces. (Not Codified)

(Sec. 2) Allocates any unspent funds (up to $ 80,000) appropriated for the new school readiness spaces, to the Connecticut H...

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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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FLSigned into law 04/2012P-12Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program
H.B. 5101 - Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program
Requires each private prekindergarten provider and public school in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program to implement an evidence-based pre- and post-assessment approved by the state board of education. Requires the approved assessment to be valid, ...

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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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SDSigned into law 03/2012P-12Fee for Early Childhood Services
H.B. 1195
Permits schools to charge a fee for early childhood services for any child who is under the age of compulsory attendance pursuant to 13-27-1 and is not enrolled in kindergarten or a more advanced grade. http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2012/Bills/HB1195ENR....

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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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NCSigned into law 08/2011P-12North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program
E.O. 100
Provides that in order to maintain high academic standards and the integrity of NC Pre-K, the Department of Health and Human Services is directed to do the following, after consultation with the Department of Public Instruction: (1) Continue both the critical ...

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IASigned into law 07/2011P-12At-Risk 3-5-year Olds
H.F. 645 - Multiple Sections
Allows a grantee to direct the use of moneys received to serve any qualifying child ranging in age from three years old to five years oId, regardless of the age of population indicated on the grant request in its initial year of application. A grantee is encou...

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TXSigned into law 07/2011P-12Repealing Child Care Provision
S.B. 8 - Repealing Child Care Provision
Repeals a provision that required districts with a student membership above 5,000 and that does not provide child care (directly or by contract) for the district's school-age students to annually consider, during at least two public hearings, the need for and ...

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CTSigned into law 06/2011P-12Early Childhood Educators Qualifications and Professional Development
S.B. 927
To revise the requirements for early childhood educators and direct the Commissioner of Education to use unexpended funds for providing professional development to school readiness staff. http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/Pa/pdf/2011PA-00054-R00SB-00927-PA.pdf...

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LASigned into law 06/2011P-12Preschool Programs at Nonpublic Schools
H.B. 373
Authorizes certain nonpublic schools to develop and offer prekindergarten instruction and indicates the minimum age at which children enter these programs.
http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=758137...

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MEVetoed 06/2011P-12Establishes an Early Childhood Stakeholder Group
S.P. 160
Original bill language proposed to create a unified early childhood education system. An adopted amendment replaced the bill with a resolve requiring the Maine Children's Growth Council to establish and convene a stakeholder group to identify options and alter...

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VTSigned into law 05/2011P-12No Limit on PreK Enrollments and Services
S.B. 53
Amends language to read: There is no limit on the total number of children who may be enrolled in prekindergarten education or who receive essential early education services. Repeals all provisions describing which students could/would be enrolled. Upon passag...

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VTAdopted 04/2011P-12Prekindergarten Education (2600)
VT ADC 7-1-9:2601 through 2612
Amendments to the existing Prekindergarten Education rules increase oversight of the community needs assessment process required before a school district may establish or expand prekindergarten education. Enable potentially qualified providers to partner with ...

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NMSigned into law 03/2011P-12Preschool Providers
S.B. 605
Expands the number of providers eligible for pre-kindergarten services and identifies application and funding criteria. .
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/11%20Regular/final/SB0605.pdf...

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TNSigned into law 04/2010P-12Annual Report on Pre-K Programs
H.B. 3737
Requires the Office of Early Learning in the Department of Education to post its annual report on the status of pre-kindergarten programs on the Office of Early Learning's website. The report is supposed to include the number, location, and types of providers ...

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COSigned into law 04/2010P-12Early Childhood Educator Development Scholarship Program
H.B. 1030
Concerns the creation of the early childhood educator development scholarship program; creates the Early Childhood Educator Development Scholarship Program in the Department of Education to provide scholarships to persons who are employed in early childhood de...

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CAVetoed 10/2009P-12Preschool Enrollment for Children of Juvenile Court Wards
A.B. 769
States findings and declarations regarding children of youth who are in custody, or on probation or in the foster care system. Requires priority for participation in state preschool programs to be given to children who have a biological custodial parent who is...

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OHSigned into law 08/2009P-12Inspections of Preschool and Licensed School Child Programs
H.B. 1 - Section 3301.57
Partially from DOE summary of H.B. 1: Reduces the number of annual inspections of preschool programs and licensed school child programs by the department of education from twice during each 12-month period of operation to once each 12-month period of operation...

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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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COSigned into law 03/2009P-12Food Service for Early Childhood Programs
S.B. 33
Adds children enrolled in state-subsidized early childhood education programs operated by public schools and who are eligible for reduced-cost lunches under the federal National School Lunch Act to the list of qualifying students eligible to receive a free lun...

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ARSigned into law 03/2009P-12Enrollment Age
S.B. 252
Ensures that the enrollment age in prekindergarten is consistent with the enrollment criteria for entry into public school; ensures that adequate notice is given to prekindergarten program providers.
http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/SB252.pd...

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TXAdopted 03/2009P-12Prekindergarten Early Start Grant Program
19 TAC 2.102.AA.102.1002
Establishes new procedural and reporting requirements for prekindergarten grants to school districts, open- enrollment charter schools, and education service centers operating as fiscal agents of shared services arrangements. http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rule...

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CAAdopted Rule Filing 12/2008P-12State Preschools
Title 5 CCR Sec(s) 18131, 18131.1
Amends rules concerning state preschools. Amends the enrollment priorities for state preschool programs to give priority to three- and four-year-old neglected or abused children who are recipients of child protective services or recipients who are at risk of b...

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FLAdopted 09/2008P-12Voluntary Prekindergarten Program
FAC 6A-1.099823
Amends rule to revise the education standards for children in the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program.

https://www.flrules.org/gateway/readFile.asp?sid=0&tid=6138177&type=1&File=6A-1.099823.doc
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RISigned into law 07/2008P-12Prekindergarten Education Act
H.B. 8168
Establishes the Prekindergarten Education Act; Requires the state department to begin planning an initial, pilot prekindergarten program that meets high quality standards, builds on the existing early childhood education infrastructure in the state (including ...

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VTRule Adoption 06/2008P-12PREKINDERGARTEN EDUCATION
Uncodified
Amends rules pertaining to prekindergarten education in Vermont. Provides guidance for staff qualifications, program quality requirements, financial and child progress reporting, portability, required contents of contracts between school districts and private ...

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OKSigned into law 06/2008P-12Amends Charter Schools Act
S.B. 2100
Relates to the State Charter Schools Act; allows charter schools to provide prekindergarten programs to four-year-olds; allows a charter school previously sponsored by the Board of Education of a school district which continues operation in such district to re...

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VTSigned into law 05/2008P-12Quality of Prekindergarten Programs
H.B. 884
Provides for the quality of all prekindergarten education programs offered by or through public school districts. For the 2008–2009 school year, any prekindergarten education program operated by a school district or by a private provider on behalf of a school ...

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NESigned into law 04/2008P-12Certificate of Attendance
L.B. 1153
At the request of 1 a parent or guardian, a school district is to issue a certificate of attendance to a student who receives special education services, who has reached seventeen years of age, and who has not completed his or her individualized education plan...

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TNSigned into law 03/2008P-12Report on Employment Rights for Pre-K Teachers
H.J.R. 811
Directs the Office of Education Research and Accountability (OEA) to survey each LEA that conducts a pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program to determine if employment rights and benefits available to K- 12 teachers also accrue to Pre-K teachers. The report will be c...

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NYAdopted 12/2007P-12Universal Prekindergarten Programs
Title 8 NYCRR Subpart 151-1
Complies with 2007 S.B. 2107, Part B, section 19, which authorizes the board of regents and the commissioner to prescribe uniform quality standards for universal prekindergarten programs....

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IAAdopted 11/2007P-12Accreditation Standards Related to Discrimination and Prekindergarten
IAC 281, 12.1(1), 281-12.2(256), 12.3(6), 12.3(13), 12.8(1)
Reflects that education programs are not to discriminate on the basis of the added characteristics of sexual orientation and gender identity. Clarifies that a preschool program must meet accreditation standards on the same basis as any prekindergarten program ...

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NYAdopted 09/2007P-12Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Program Requirements
Title 8 NYCRR Section 100.3
Amends regulations regarding program requirements for students in prekindergarten and kindergarten. Directs each school operating a prekindergarten and/or kindergarten to adopt and implement curricula, aligned with the State learning standards, that ensures co...

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PASigned into law 07/2007P-12Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts Program
H.B. 842 - Early Learning Provisions
Section 13 (Article XV-D of the Act) is amended to add a subarticle that establishes the Pre-K Counts Program (to the extend funds are appropriated). Competitive grants procedures and mechanisms are spelled out.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Pub...

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TNSigned into law 06/2007P-12Study on the Effectiveness of Pre-K Programs
H.B. 1530
Provides that the Office of Education Accountability coordinate a study of the effectiveness of pre-kindergarten programs and shall specifically assess the effectiveness of such pre-kindergarten programs on student achievement, both short term effects and long...

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VTSigned into law 06/2007P-12Prekindergarten Education
H.B. 534
Require the state board of education and the secretary of human services to adopt joint rules regarding prekindergarten education; clarifies that a public school choosing to offer prekindergarten education services to three- and four-year-old residents may cou...

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MESigned into law 05/2007P-12Public Preschool Program Definition
S.B. 172; LD 560
Defines "public preschool program" in the laws governing education. This definition differentiates a public preschool program from a one-or-two-year kindergarten program. The bill also integrates approval of early childhood education plans for programs for chi...

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WVAdopted 05/2007P-12Pre-K Education
Title 126, Series 28
Amends rules governing the standards for pre- kindergarten education....

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IASigned into law 05/2007P-12Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program
H.F. 877
Creates a statewide voluntary preschool program for four-year-old children. Provides that preschool teachers in the program must be certified and possess a bachelor's or graduate degree in early childhood education or another appropriate major from an accredit...

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INSigned into law 05/2007P-12Budget
H.B. 1001
From Center for Evaluation & Education Policy: Appropriates money for state agencies and makes other distributions. Specifies a school funding formula. Requires a study of the efficiency and effectiveness of charter schools. Changes references from vocational ...

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NYSigned into law 04/2007P-12Universal Pre-Kindergarten
S.B. 2107 - Part B, Section 19
Eliminates references to district-level prekindergarten policy advisory boards and their authority to adopt prekindergarten programs.

Provides that two or more districts may submit a joint application to operate a joint universal prekindergarten program.

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NEApproved by voters 12/2006P-12Constitutional Amendment: Early Childhood Education Endowment Fund
L.B. 1006
A constitutional amendment to permit use of funds dedicated to the common schools for early childhood educational purposes. If adopted, requires the creation of an early childhood education endowment fund for the purpose of supporting early childhood education...

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NMAdopted 11/2006P-12Pre-Kindergarten
NMAC 6.30.9
Implements a state-funded Pre-Kindergarten program.
http://www.ped.state.nm.us/press/2006/november/6%2030%209%20NMAC%20PreKdraft110806%20_3_.pdf...

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CAVetoed 09/2006P-12Preschool Program Requirements
A.B. 2881
Defines preschool services as part- or full-day educational programs for prekindergarten-aged children. Establishes a family fee schedule. Requires state full-day preschool programs include center-based programs. Provides requirements for state full-day presch...

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CASigned into law 09/2006P-12Prekindergarten and Family Literacy Programs
A.B. 172
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Department of Education to administer prekindergarten and family literacy programs. Requires a participating program to provide certain child development and family literacy services in order to r...

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FLAdopted 08/2006P-12Voluntary Prekindergarten Program - Public Input
FAC 6A-6.040
Develops rules to allow the public an opportunity to provide input inthe development of minimum standards for private prekindergarten providersdelivering the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program. FLORIDA 30748
http://www.firn.edu/doe/rules/6a-66.htm#6A-...

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ILSigned into law 07/2006P-12PreK for At-Risk Children
S.B. 1497
Relates to grants for a preschool educational program administered by the state board July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008. Provides that appropriated funds shall be distributed to achieve a goal of preschool for all children whose families choose to participate...

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NYVetoed 07/2006P-12Dental Health Certificates
A.B. 6640
Requires every child enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade in a public elementary school to present a dental health certificate. Dental health certificates must contain a report of a comprehensive dental examination performed on such child...

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ILEmergency Rule Adoption 06/2006P-12Early Childhood Block Grant
23 IAC 235.10, .60, .70, .100, .200, .300, .400, .500
Establishes emergency rules regarding the Preschool for All Children program; provides educational services to all 3 to 5 year old children whose families choose to participate. 325-338 of 591: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/regis...

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CARejected by Voters. 06/2006P-12Voluntary Public Preschool Program
V. 3 (Prop. 82)
Proposes an amendment to the California Constitution to establish a right to voluntary public preschool for all four-year old children, administered by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and county school superintendents, funded by a tax on individ...

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IASigned into law 06/2006P-12Community Empowerment Initiative
H.B. 2769
Increases membership on the community empowerment state board. Requires family support services in the community empowerment initiative to include home visitation. Creates a community empowerment gifts and grants account in the Iowa empowerment fund. Makes an...

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VTBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 05/2006P-12Prekindergarten Education Study Committee
S.B. 314
Creates a prekindergarten education study committee. Directs the committee to gather the following information:
(1) How many private and public or publicly funded prekindergarten education services currently exist in Vermont.
(2) What kinds of services and ...

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NESigned into law 04/2006P-12Early Childhood
L.B. 1256
From the fiscal note: LB 1256 establishes an endowment fund to provide early childhood education grants to programs for at-risk children from birth to age three. Upon the effective date of an endowment agreement, administration of the Early Childhood Education...

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MDSigned into law 04/2006P-12Task Force on Universal Preschool Education
H.B. 1466
Establishes a Task Force on Universal Preschool Education; providing for the membership and staffing of the Task Force; specifies the purposes and goals of the Task Force; requires the Task Force to evaluate and make recommendations regarding specified issues ...

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LASigned into law 11/2005P-12Class Size Ratio Exemption
H.B. 19A
Exempts LA 4 (prekindergarten) classes from class size ratio for the 2005-2006 school year if the district or charter school enrolled any students during the 2005-2006 school year who were displaced that year due to school closures as a result of natural catas...

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RIAdopted 09/2005P-12Early Childhood Certificate Requirements
Section I
Adopts rules regarding the requirements for an Early Childhood Education in public schools in grades PK-2 certificate. Outlines rules for Certificate of Eligibility for Employment (CEE) be valid for three years and Professional Certificates be valid for one or...

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WVAdopted 07/2005P-12Universal Access to Early Education System
Title 126, Series 28
Policy 2525 sets the standards for implementing high quality universal pre-kindergarten programs. This policy covers all public school preschool programs and any community program such as Head Start or child care that contracts with the county school system to...

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HISigned into law 06/2005P-12Improving Early Childhood Education
H.B. 1300
The purpose of this Act is to: (1) Improve early childhood education by establishing and appropriating funds for a temporary early childhood education task force to develop a framework to increase access to early childhood education, improve the quality of ear...

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HISigned into law 06/2005P-12Temporary Private Preschool Licensing and Accreditation Task Force
S.B. 1018
Creates a temporary private preschool licensing and accreditation task force to develop recommendations for licensing and accreditation standards, policies, and procedures for private elementary schools serving children under the age of five. Requires the task...

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TXEFFECTIVE ON 9/1/05 06/2005P-12Incentives for Coordination
S.B. 23
From fiscal note: The bill authorizes the commissioner of education to establish a program to provide incentives to providers of early childhood care and education that provide coordinated services with prekindergarten and Head Start programs. The bill does n...

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COSigned into law 06/2005P-12Date for Counting Preschoolers and 3- and 4-Year-Olds with Disabilities
S.B. 32
Makes an accomodation for counting preschoolers and 3- and 4-year olds with disabilities enrolled (for state funding purposes) by letting schools count them on November 1 or the school date closest to November 1, instead of October 1.

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TNSigned into law 05/2005P-12Urges Expansion of Early Childhood Education
H.J.R. 131
General Assembly expresses its unwavering support for an increase in funding for the expansion of the early childhood education program.
Urges and encourages the Governor to include such an earmarked appropriation within the administration's general appropriat...

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FLSigned into law 05/2005P-12Records of Children in Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program
H.B. 1695
Creates exemption from public records requirements for individual records of children enrolled in Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program. Specifies that such records include assessment data, health data, records of teacher observations, and personal ident...

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MOSigned into law 05/2005P-12
S.B. 266
The current definition of "teacher" in the teacher tenure act includes certified teachers who teach at the pre-kindergarten level. This act modifies the aforementioned definition by requiring that such prekindergarten teachers, in order to fit the definition o...

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OHSigned into law 05/2005P-12
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Community College
Partnership for Continued Learning
S.B. 6
Establishes the "Partnership for Continued Learning" to promote systemic approaches to education. The Partnership must (1) support regional efforts to foster collaboration among providers of preschool through postsecondary education, (2) identify the workforc...

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MDRule Adoption 05/2005P-12Kindergarten admissions
COMAR 13A.08.01.01, .02, .02-2
Proposes to adopt rules to the Board of Education. Provides for transfers to public kindergarten. Requires local boards of education to establish regulations for early admission in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade. MARYLAND REG 10189 (SN)...

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TNto governor 05/2005P-12Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee Act of 2005
H.B. 2333
Amends title 49, chapter 6, part 1 to establish the "Voluntary Pre-K for Tennessee Act of 2005". Based on the success of Tennessee's existing
pilot pre-kindergarten programs, these programs may be expanded on a voluntary basis by local education agencies and t...

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COSigned into law 04/2005P-12Full-Day Kindergarten
S.B. 200 (Section 15)
Increases from 1,000 to 1,500 the number of children a district may apply to the department for authorization to serve through a full-day kindergarten component of the district's preschool program.

http://www.leg.state.co.us/Clics2005a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/FB3...

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MDRule Adoption 04/2005P-12State Board Of Education
COMAR 13A.02.06.02, 13A.0801.01, .08.02.01
Revises the Maryland Student Records System Manual (MSRSM) as a result of recent changes regarding health and graduation requirements. State assessments, prekindergarten requirements, kindergarten and prekindergarten phase-in dates, enrollment and transfers, a...

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MD(S) THIRD READING PASSED (46-0) 04/2005P-12State Department of Education - Early Learning and Child Care Programs
H.B. 1491
Requiring the State Department of Education to develop a plan to accredit certain early learning programs and child care programs that are planning to provide or are providing specified kindergarten or prekindergarten programs to specified children; requiring ...

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NMSigned into law 04/2005P-12Pre Kindergarten Act
H.B. 337
Relates to the Pre-Kindergarten Act; provides for voluntary participation in pre-kindergarten programs; provides for requests for proposals; provides for reimbursement of eligible provers that are public school programs.

The legislature finds that research pr...

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FLSigned into law 01/2005P-12Voluntary Prekindergarten Education
H.B. 1A
Establishes the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, to take effect in each county at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year. Every child in the state who turns 4 on or before September 1 is eligible and remains eligible until the child enters kind...

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CAVetoed 09/2004P-12Preschool for All Program
A.B. 712
Requires the California Children and Families Commission to complete and submit a cost study that provides an estimate of the cost of a voluntary Preschool for All program in the state. Convenes a Workforce Development Blue Ribbon Committee to develop a workfo...

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MISigned into law 09/2004P-12State School Aid Act
S.B. 885
Relates to the State School Aid Act of 1979; allocates funds for grants to intermediate districts to provide programs for parents with preschool children to improve school readiness and foster the maintenance of stable families by encouraging positive parentin...

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NJSigned into law 08/2004P-12Preschool Tuition Collection
A.B. 2170
Provides that any non-Abbott school district which is not required to operate a preschool program and which does not receive early childhood program aid may collect tuition from the parents or guardians of students enrolled in the district's preschool program;...

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MSSigned into law 05/2004P-12School Districts-Shared Management Contracts
S.B. 2969
Authorizes local school boards to collaborate with the State Board of Education, Community Action Agencies and the Department of Human Services to develop and implement a voluntary full day prekindergarten program for three-year-olds and four-year-olds. Local ...

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ARSigned into law 01/2004P-12Better Chance For School Success Program
H.B. 1057
Amends the state "Better Chance for School Success" program to remove matching requirements, set implementation goals and makes the program applicable to schools instead of districts; amends provisions regarding early childhood programs. http://www.arkleg.stat...

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DESigned into law 06/2003P-12Early Childhood Education Programs
H.J.R. 9
Creates a task force to examine early childhood education programs; develops a plan for implementation of universal pre-kindergarten and full day kindergarten. http://www.legis.state.de.us/Legislature.nsf/fsLIS?openframeset&Frame=Main&Src=/LIS/LIS142.NSF/Home!...

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AKSigned into law 06/2003P-12Admission to and Advancement in Public Schools
H.B. 154
Relates to advancement in public schools of children under school age; provides that a district's educational program must prescribe that under school-age students advance through the curriculum or grade level by the following school year. http://www.legis.sta...

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TXSigned into law 06/2003P-12Subsidized Childcare Provisions
S.B. 76
Adds prekindergarten or after school child care programs to the provision governing subsidized childcare services....

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FLSigned into law 06/2003P-12Voluntary Universal Prekindergarten Education
S.B. 1334
Implements specified provisions of State Constitution; creates voluntary universal prekindergarten education program; limits
application of provisions regarding school readiness programs; requires State Board of Education to submit report with recommendations ...

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KSSigned into law 04/2003P-12Preschool Programs
S.B. 82
Authorizes local boards to (1) enter into cooperative or interlocal agreements with one or more other boards for the establishment, operation and maintenance of preschool programs;
(2) Contract with private, nonprofit corporations or associations or with any ...

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MSSigned into law 04/2003P-12Statewide Prekindergarten/School Readiness Program Assessment
S.B. 2636
Establishes oversight committee to assess all prekindergarten or school readiness programs run by any public or private school or Head Start program in the state, as well as any school readiness program operated by any licensed childcare center in the state. S...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12The Better Chance for School Success Program
H.B. 2376
Creates the Better Chance for School Success Program to provide early education for low-income, 3- and 4-year-old children in low-performing school districts. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2376.pdf...

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NMPocket Veto by GOVERNOR. 04/2003P-12Head Start Programs
S.B. 572
Requires that certain state funds for head start programs be used for collaboration with private and nonprofit providers....

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Better Chance Program
H.B. 2402
Expands the Arkansas Better Chance Program; allows any licensed early childhood program with early childhood accreditation by the Department of Human Services and meeting the Arkansas Better Chance Core Quality Approval Standards of the Department of Education...

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NMSigned into law 04/2003P-12Head Start Programs Funding
H.B. 658
Requires that certain state funds for Head Start programs be used to contract and subcontract with private and nonprofit programs that meet federal Head Start performance standards....

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MSSigned into law 03/2003P-12Cost-Benefit Analysis of Pre-Kindergarten, Mandatory Kindergarten and Occupational Diplomas
H.B. 859
Requires the department of education to conduct a needs assessment to determine what areas do not currently have pre-kindergarten programs, and a cost-benefit analysis creating statewide pre-kindergarten programs. Requires department to perform cost-benefit a...

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NMto governor 03/2003P-12Early Care Study
H.J.M. 12
House Joint Memorial 12 requests that the Interagency Coordinating Group (ICG) study the
alignment of early care education programs in New Mexico, establish a framework for a statewide
comprehensive and universal system of preschool programs and fully delineat...

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WVAdopted 01/2003P-12Universal Access to Pre-Kindergarten System STATE ID: 126-28
Title 126, Series 28
Provides rules relating to West Virginia's universal access to the state's Pre-Kindergarten System. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4202 (SN)...

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MASigned into law 08/2002P-12Preschool, Extended-Day and -Year Programs for Limited English Proficient Students
H.B. 5010
Permits districts to establish full-time or part-time preschool, after-school or summer school programs English language learners programs, although these programs may not substitute for English language learners programs provided during the regular school yea...

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MDSigned into law 08/2002P-12Free Prekindergarten for Economically Disadvantaged Children
S.B. 856
Requires districts by 2007-08 school year to provide free prekindergarten programs to all eligible children within district. Defines "eligible children" as free/reduced lunch eligible if child were in kindergarten; any whose parent wishes to enroll in public p...

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OKSigned into law 06/2002P-12Early Childhood Programs
S.B. 1212
Relates to funding for parent education programs; relates to the development and implementation of a Technology Intern Partner Program; relates to procedures and funding for such intern program; authorizes school districts to operate as federal Head Start Prog...

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GASigned into law 05/2002P-12Georgia's Pre-K Program
H.B. 97
Creates the voluntary Georgia's Pre-K Program; requires all printed materials relating to the program to refer to it as Georgia's Pre-K Program. http://www.legis.state.ga.us/Legis/2001_02/fulltext/hb97.htm...

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IASigned into law 05/2002P-12Teacher Induction, Evaluation, Early Retirement Incentives, Administrator Preparation and Certification, Minimum Teacher Salary Requirements, Statewide Career Path Pilot Program
H.B. 2549
Requires state board to establish standards for district and area education agency career development programs and for individual teacher career development plans. Requires state director to develop a transition plan for implementation of the career developmen...

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LASigned into law 04/2002P-12Early Childhood Enrichment Activity Classes
S.B. 33A
Revises early childhood development program for four-year-olds. Allows applicants to seek a waiver for the requirement of enrichment activities provided before and after the regular school day if providing a full ten hour day is not possible for reasonably fea...

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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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ORVetoed 07/2001P-12Phonics Game
S.B. 593
Directs state department to provide instructional phonics game to each approved Oregon prekindergarten....

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LASigned into law 06/2001P-12Universal Early Childhood Education for Four-Year Olds
S.B. 776
Establishes a program of universal early childhood education and care classes for four-year olds in any public school system that wishes to participate....

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COSigned into law 05/2001P-12Funding Preshool Programs
S.B. 123
Concerns the required expenditure of a portion of a school district's per pupil operating revenue for the school district's preschool program....

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TXSigned into law 05/2001P-12Free Prekindergarten for Certain Children
S.B. 596
Districts are required to offer prekindergarten classes if the district identifies 15 or more children who are eligible (English learners, educationally disadvantaged, or homeless) and are at least four years of age. A school district may offer prekindergarte...

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FLSigned into law 05/2001P-12Cuts Early Childhood Programs
S.B. 1162 - Omnibus
The following programs have been repealed by S.B. 1162:
1) Gold Seal Quality care program, a three tiered quality rating system
2) Early screening and intervention program for children in subsidized child care programs
3) Child Development Associate Trai...

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TNSigned into law 05/2001P-12Education Reform Act of 2001
S.B. 1881/H.B. 1921--Omnibus Bill
Preschool Funding: Requires schools for preschool children organized as public schools or as
public school classes to be maintained and supported from state, local and federal funds which hereafter may be appropriated specifically for preschool purposes, or fr...

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NESigned into law 04/2001P-12Early Childhood Education Grants
L.B. 759
LB 759 changes current law pertaining to early childhood education pilot program grants. The bill provides for an Early Childhood Education Grant Program in lieu of the pilot projects that are currently funded. Programs selected for grants may be provided one...

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ARSigned into law 03/2001P-12Funding for early childhood programs.
H.B. 2241
, Amends the application process for the Arkansas Better Chance Program; provides funding for early childhood programs....

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COSigned into law 03/2001P-12Alternative Preschool Programs
S.B. 49
Requires school district preschool program councils to periodically assess whether alternative community providers are available and to ensure the highest quality service at the lowest cost....

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COSigned into law 03/2001P-12Eligibility in the preschool program
S.B. 120
Provides certain significant family risk factors of a child's home environment for eligibility in the preschool program....

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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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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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NYSigned into law 05/2000P-12Full-day Kindergarten, Universal Prekindergarten Reserve Fund
A.B. 9291
Relates to state aid for school districts; funds a workforce education program in New York City; creates the Universal Prekindergarten Reserve Fund; provides State aid for conversion to full day kindergarten; relates to administration of the School Tax Relief ...

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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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MDSigned into law 04/2000P-12Early Childhood Program
H.B. 1249, S.B. 1249
Establishes the Judith P. Hoyer Early Childhood Care and Education Program, a grant program for early child care and education centers and education enhancement for the development of collaborative approaches for the delivery of full-day early care and educati...

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ALSigned into law 03/2000P-12Accreditation of Preschool Programs
H.J.R. 96
Relates to preschool programs; requires preschools receiving funding under the early childhood block grant program to become accredited....

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AZSigned into law 03/2000P-12Preschool Accreditation
H.B. 2398
Relates to preschool programs; requires preschools receiving funding under the early childhood block grant program to become accredited....

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GASigned into law 03/2000P-12Omnibus Bill - Pre-enrollment of Two-Year Olds and Immunization Certification
H.B. 1187
There is created voluntary pre-enrollment of two-year-olds in local school systems. Parents must include a certification of immunization as a condition of pre-enrollment. ...

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VASigned into law 03/2000P-12Preschool Compliance
S.B. 170
Provides that the guidelines for the at-risk four-year-old preschool program may be differentiated according to the agency delivering the services in order to comply with various federal or state requirements; requires (i) one teacher for any class of ten stud...

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WYSigned into law 03/2000P-12Preschool Programs
H.B. 185
Relates to preschool programs; provides a school district may establish a preschool program under certain conditions; provides for funding a preschool program; provides certain limitations on enrollment; provides for technical assistance under certain circumst...

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