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Bill S5650-2011

Requires evaluation and a report of early childhood education in day care centers by December 31, 2011

Relates to review of standards, guidelines and criteria for education, development or learning in programs.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 16, 2011: referred to education
  • Jun 16, 2011: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • Jun 16, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • Jun 16, 2011: ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1328
  • Jun 13, 2011: REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • Jun 8, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

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VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Education - Jun 13, 2011
Ayes (17): Flanagan, Farley, Lanza, LaValle, Marcellino, Maziarz, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Seward, Oppenheimer, Addabbo, Avella, Breslin, Montgomery, Serrano, Stavisky, Huntley
Ayes W/R (1): Saland

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5650

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commissioner of education to evaluate and report on early childhood education in day care centers

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This bill would direct the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department to issue a report on early childhood education in children ages zero to five years old in daycare settings.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends Section 305 of the education law to require the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department to issue a report by December 31, 2010 regarding early childhood education in daycare settings.

Section 2 of the bill is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: There are over 1.2 million children in New York State under the age of five. Approximately 500,000 of these children are in regulated care and 56,000 children in informal care. There are approximately 51,000 children in Head Start and Early Head Start serves approximately 5,700 children and expectant mothers. Over 67,000 preschool children with disabilities are in special education programs and services. There are 152 registered nursery schools serving children throughout New York State. In prekindergarten settings, there are over 102,000 children in eligible agencies.

The New York State Education Department (SED) currently has authority over education institutions serving children ages three and up. Oversight over child care. institutions under three years of age is done by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). While OCFS' regulations speak to the health and safety of a child, there is no education component. In New York State, early education is not mandated before age 6, but longitudinal studies have shown that children enrolled in structured, early education meet their developmental millstones at a significantly higher rate, compared to those who do not receive early education who often flounder by age 21. Learning begins in infancy and all children should be entitled to be in a clean, safe, healthy environment which will stimulate their growth emotionally, academically and physically. Additionally, it has been found that children enrolled in structured daycare have better mental health outcomes in the long term, than do their counterparts in more informal daycare settings.

The lack of education requirements and oversight by SED of all children starting at birth is of grave concern to a child's development and preparedness for kindergarten and beyond. At the national level a new grant program has been proposed, the Early Learning Challenge Fund, to eliminate the school readiness gap and

provide all children from birth to age 5 with the early start needed to succeed in school and life. In response to the proposed grants, the New York State Board of Regents created an Early Childhood Workgroup to examine the current system and make policy recommendations to: increase New York's chances for access to the new Federal grants; and, elevate all children's school readiness regardless of setting.

The study required in this bill will examine key issues in and roadblocks in overseeing a child care system that places a strong emphasis on education.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill would take effect immediately

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: None.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5650 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 8, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. FLANAGAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commis- sioner of education to evaluate and report on early childhood educa- tion in day care centers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 305 of the education law is amended by adding a new subdivision 42 to read as follows: 42. A. THE COMMISSIONER, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES AND THE COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH, SHALL EXAMINE, EVALUATE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING EARLY CHILD- HOOD EDUCATION IN DAY CARE CENTERS, INCLUDING GROUP AND SMALL DAY CARE. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL REVIEW AND ANALYZE THE FOLLOWING: EXISTING REQUIRE- MENTS FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN ZERO TO FIVE YEARS OLD IN ALL DAY CARE SETTINGS; EDUCATIONAL/TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF ALL DAY CARE EMPLOYEES SUPERVISING CHILDREN; HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES AVAIL- ABLE TO CHILDREN IN DAY CARE SETTINGS; AND ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL DAY CARE FUNDING STREAMS. B. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL, ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER THIRTY-FIRST, TWO THOU- SAND ELEVEN, REPORTS ITS FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE GOVERNOR, LEGISLATURE AND BOARD OF REGENTS. THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRENGTHENING THE DAY CARE SYSTEM TO PROVIDE COMMU- NITY BASED CARE WITH A FOCUS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, INCLUDING THE CONSOLIDATION OF DAY CARE OVERSIGHT AND ENFORCEMENT WITHIN THE DEPART- MENT. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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