Bill S5650D-2011

Relates to early childhood education in daycare centers

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

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  • Jun 21, 2012: SUBSTITUTED BY A7591C
  • Jun 18, 2012: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 5650D
  • Jun 18, 2012: VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • Jun 18, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jun 18, 2012: RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • May 2, 2012: referred to education
  • May 2, 2012: DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • May 2, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Apr 17, 2012: AMENDED ON THIRD READING 5650C
  • Jan 31, 2012: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • Jan 30, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jan 24, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.125
  • Jan 19, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 5650B
  • Jan 19, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 5, 2012: PRINT NUMBER 5650A
  • Jan 5, 2012: AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 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

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5650D

TITLE OF BILL: An act in relation to directing the department of education, the office of children and family services and the department of health to identify and review standards, guidelines and criteria for education, development or learning in programs

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: This bill would direct the New York State Education Department, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and the New York State Department of Health 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 requires the State Education Department, the Office of Children and Family Services, and the Department of Health to each review existing standards, guidelines and criteria for education, development, or learning in programs under their respective jurisdiction for children from birth to age five including day care centers.

Section 2 of the bill outlines the requirements for the State Education Department, the Office of Children and Family Services and the Department of Health's report.

Section 3 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.

BUDGETARY IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This bill would take effect immediately.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5650--D Cal. No. 125 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE June 8, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. FLANAGAN, ADDABBO, KRUEGER, MONTGOMERY, OPPENHEIMER, STAVISKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Commit- tee on Education in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading -- passed by Senate and deliv- ered to the Assembly, recalled, vote reconsidered, restored to third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT in relation to directing the department of education, the office of children and family services and the department of health to iden- tify and review standards, guidelines and criteria for education, development or learning in programs THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The department of education, the office of children and family services and the department of health, each shall identify and review existing standards, guidelines and criteria for education, devel- opment or learning in programs under its jurisdiction for children from birth to five years of age including day care centers. S 2. The department of education, the office of children and family services and the department of health shall submit one report which sets out: (a) each department's or agency's review of its standards, guidelines and criteria as required in section one of this act; (b) the standards, guidelines and criteria identified and reviewed pursuant to section one of this act that are aligned among all programs
under the jurisdiction of the department of education, the office of children and family services and the department of health for children from birth through five years of age; (c) the standards, guidelines and criteria identified and reviewed pursuant to section one of this act that are not aligned among all programs under the jurisdiction of the department of education, the office of children and family services and the department of health for children from birth through five years of age; and (d) recommendations regarding the alignment of standards, guidelines and criteria for education or learning among the programs under the jurisdiction of the department of education, the office of children and family services and the department of health. The report shall be submitted to the governor, speaker of the assembly, temporary president of the senate, and chairs of the assembly and senate education commit- tees by June 30, 2013. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.

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