Parent Ambassadors State & Federal Legislative Update January 19-20, 2010 ECEAP Funding
January 19-20, 2010
There are two bills being considered that would expand Pre-K to many more children in Washington:
HB 2867 – Governor’s “All Start” Bill
Intent: intends to make early learning preschool opportunities available to every three and four-year old child in the state but does so by combining state support with private payments by families “who can afford to pay
HB 2731 – Rep. Goodman’s “Ready for School” Bill
Intent: some children need supplemental instruction in preschool to achieve; educationally at-risk children in high quality preschool have improved outcomes; Legislature intends to create a program of early learning within the definition of “basic education”
4. The latest version of the plan will include language on child care subsidy rates and reform.
5. The plan was released on December 1st. Bette Hyde and Nina from Thrive by Five Washington will testify at QEC and at the State House about the plan. They will be collecting feedback until March.
Head Start proposed regulations will come out in March.
4. Rural Issues. This includes recommendations in several key areas to provide more flexibility.
6. Teacher Degrees. This includes “related degree and coursework” language.
7. Children with Disabilities. This is specifically about when and how programs must meet the new 10% enrollment requirement.
The Administrative Procedures Act lays out rules for how agencies go about formal rule making. Typically, they must publish a proposed rule in the federal register and provides 90 days for public comment.
The agency must receive and evaluate public comments and respond to them. However, as long as the agency does not put forth a final rule that is “arbitrary or capricious” or clearly beyond the limits of the statue it is very difficult to challenge legally. Thus, it is imperative that the Head Start community send in their recommendations prior to the issuance of draft regulations.
1. Early Learning Challenge Fund. States would compete for grants to improve the quality of programming for low income children. Head Start programs are impacted in several ways: QRIS, Program Performance Standards, and State Advisory Councils.