Relates to the creation of an early learning council; provides support for public and private investment in early learning for children up to the age of five.
Ayes (29): DeFrancisco, Farley, Flanagan, Golden, Grisanti, Hannon, Lanza, Larkin, Little, Marcellino, Nozzolio, O'Mara, Ranzenhofer, Robach, Savino, Seward, Young, Valesky, Krueger, Diaz, Dilan, Rivera, Gianaris, Breslin, Parker, Perkins, Stavisky, Kennedy, Espaillat
Ayes W/R (8): Bonacic, Griffo, LaValle, Martins, Montgomery, Peralta, Squadron, Hassell-Thompson
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to the creation of the early learning council
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
To create opportunities for investments into early learning.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:.
Section one of the bill establishes the Early Learning Council ("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 4 business leaders appointed by the Governor, 2 by the Speaker and 2 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, 2015 and annually thereafter.
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 Council, modeled off of the one in Pennsylvania, to create greater opportunities for investments in early learning programs.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
This act shall take effect immediately provided that the first annual report required pursuant to section 458-N shall be due September 1, 2015 and annually thereafter.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6961 IN SENATE April 9, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sens. AVELLA, VALESKY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT to amend the social services law, in relation to the creation of the early learning council 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 COUNCIL 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 COUNCIL. THE PURPOSE OF THE EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL 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 SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND. S 484-B. COMPOSITION. THE EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL SHALL CONSIST OF MEMBERS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE DIRECTORS OF THE BUDGET, THE COMMISSIONER OF THE OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES, THE COMMIS- SIONER 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 FOUR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY APPOINTED BY THE GOVER- NOR, AND AT LEAST TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY APPOINTED BY THE SPEAKER AND THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, RESPECTIVELY. THE COUNCIL MAY ORGANIZE SUBCOMMITTEES TO REVIEW SPECIFIC FUNDING AND POLICY PRIORITIES. S 484-C. POWERS AND DUTIES. THE EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL WILL MEET AT LEAST TWICE A YEAR AND WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING POWERS AND DUTIES:EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14008-02-4 S. 6961 2
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. CONSULTING WITH PERSONS WITH EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ON FUNDING AND POLICY PRIORITIES; 3. 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; AND, 4. 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 COUNCIL 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 CAPACI- TY. 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 ATTEND- ING MEETINGS AND IN PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL. S 484-E. SHARING OF INFORMATION. THE EARLY LEARNING COUNCIL MAY REQUEST, AND SHALL RECEIVE, INFORMATION FROM ANY STATE OR LOCAL GOVERN- MENTAL AGENCY NECESSARY TO COMPLETE ITS DUTIES PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE, SO LONG AS SUCH INFORMATION IS NON-IDENTIFYING AND NOT OTHERWISE 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, 2015 and every September 1 thereafter.