Relates to the creation of an early learning investment commission; provides support for public and private investment in early learning for children up to the age of five.
Ayes (21): Flanagan, Bonacic, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Farley, Hannon, Larkin, LaValle, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, Seward, Skelos, Young, Valesky, Stewart-Cousins, Breslin, Dilan, Espaillat, Montgomery, Perkins
Ayes W/R (2): Gianaris, Krueger
Excused (2): Hassell-Thompson, Parker
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to the creation of the early learning investment commission
PURPOSE: To create opportunities for investments in early learning.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one of the bill establishes the ELC with the purpose of securing public and private support for early learning program for children up to the age of 5.
Section two of the bill sets forth the membership of the ELC; at least 5 business leaders appointed by the Governor, 3 by the Speaker and 3 by the Temporary President of the Senate, the commissioners of the Office of Children and Family Service, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the State Education Department and the Economic State Development Corporation, and the Director of the Division of the Budget.
Section three of the bill sets forth the powers and duties of the ELC including meeting twice per year, increasing awareness of early learning programs and developing an annual report to the Governor and Legislature.
Section four of the bill sets forth the term that members of the ELC would serve to be 3 years for appointed positions and for all others so long as they hold remain in titles with state government.
Section five of the bill would allow the ELC to receive non-protected and non-identifying information from State and local governmental agencies.
Section six of the bill would set an immediate effective date, except that the annual report would be due September 1, 2016 and annually thereafter.
JUSTIFICATION: Decades of research have demonstrated the social, academic, and economic gains that result from increased investment in high quality early childhood education programs. Children who participate in quality early learning programs have higher rates of high school graduation and college enrollment and decreased rates of incarceration and reliance on public assistance. Early childhood programs produce a high rate of return, mostly due to the societal savings resulting from decreased reliance on criminal justice and safety net programs. In addition, increased investment in early learning has been shown to increase the productivity of the current workforce and provides an economic boost for local economies. It is therefore important to engage members of the business community in the discussion on early learning funding, and to encourage such persons to seek out investments both private and public to the greatest extent possible. This bill would create an Early Learning Investment Commission, modeled off of the one in Pennsylvania, to create greater opportunities for investments in early learning programs.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediate provided that the first annual report required pursuant to section 484-C shall be due September 1, 2016 and annually thereafter.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4421 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 19, 2015 ___________Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Social Services AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the creation of the early learning investment commission THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The social services law is amended by adding a new article 10-E to read as follows: ARTICLE 10-E EARLY LEARNING INVESTMENT COMMISSION SECTION 484-A. CREATION AND PURPOSE. 484-B. COMPOSITION. 484-C. POWERS AND DUTIES. 484-D. TERM. 484-E. SHARING OF INFORMATION. S 484-A. CREATION AND PURPOSE. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED AN EARLY LEARNING INVESTMENT COMMISSION. THE PURPOSE OF THE EARLY LEARNING INVESTMENT COMMISSION IS TO SECURE SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN EARLY LEARNING FOR CHILDREN UP TO THE AGE OF FIVE BY FOCUSING ON PRACTICES THAT ARE EDUCATIONALLY, ECONOMICALLY, AND SCIEN- TIFICALLY SOUND. S 484-B. COMPOSITION. THE EARLY LEARNING INVESTMENT COMMISSION SHALL CONSIST OF MEMBERS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DIRECTOR OF THE BUDGET, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY ASSISTANCE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE DESIGNEES; AT LEAST FIVE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, AND AT LEAST THREE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OFEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD09214-02-5 S. 4421 2
THE SENATE, RESPECTIVELY. THE COMMISSION MAY ORGANIZE SUBCOMMITTEES TO REVIEW SPECIFIC FUNDING AND POLICY PRIORITIES. S 484-C. POWERS AND DUTIES. THE EARLY LEARNING INVESTMENT COMMISSION WILL MEET AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR AND WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING POWERS AND DUTIES: 1. DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE BUSINESS AND CIVIC LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS IN EARLY LEARNING PLANNING AND ADVOCACY AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL; 2. INCREASING BUSINESS, CIVIC AND PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION; INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE DISTRIB- UTION OF LITERATURE THROUGH MAIL OR ONLINE, ORGANIZING OF MEETINGS AND EVENTS AND PROMOTING THE COST BENEFITS OF INVESTMENTS IN LEARNING; 3. PLANNING, IMPLEMENTING AND HOSTING AN ANNUAL ECONOMIC SUMMIT ON EARLY CHILDHOOD INVESTMENT. THE ANNUAL ECONOMIC SUMMIT SHALL INCLUDE OUTREACH TO BUSINESS, CIVIC, EDUCATIONAL AND GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS; 4. PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING AN ANNUAL MEETING FOR LEGISLATORS AND LEGISLATIVE STAFF TO UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMIC, EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF INVESTING IN QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION; 5. DEVELOPING AND RECOMMENDING UPDATES TO A MULTIYEAR PLAN FOR THE EXPANSION OF EFFECTIVE EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES; AND 6. DEVELOPING AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE CONTAINING INFORMATION ON ALL ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE PREVIOUS YEAR AS WELL AS RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS AND POLICIES. S 484-D. TERM. APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE EARLY LEARNING INVESTMENT COMMISSION SHALL SERVE FOR A TERM OF THREE YEARS AND CONTINUE TO SERVE UNTIL THEIR SUCCESSOR IS APPOINTED. MEMBERS SERVING AS A RESULT OF THEIR POSITION WITH STATE GOVERNMENT SHALL SERVE SO LONG AS THEY REMAIN IN SUCH CAPACITY. ANY VACANCIES SHALL BE FILLED PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED EIGHTY-FOUR-B OF THIS ARTICLE. MEMBERS SHALL SERVE WITHOUT COMPENSATION EXCEPT FOR PAYMENT OF NECESSARY AND ACTUAL EXPENSES INCURRED IN ATTENDING MEETINGS AND IN PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS MEMBERS OF THE INVESTMENT COMMISSION. S 484-E. SHARING OF INFORMATION. THE EARLY LEARNING INVESTMENT COMMIS- SION MAY REQUEST, AND SHALL RECEIVE, INFORMATION FROM ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY NECESSARY TO COMPLETE ITS DUTIES PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, SO LONG AS SUCH INFORMATION IS NON-IDENTIFYING AND NOT OTHER- WISE PROTECTED BY LAW. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately; provided that the first annual report required pursuant to section 484-c of the social services law, as added by section one of this act, shall be due September 1, 2016 and every September 1 thereafter.