Legislation

RESULTS OF THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Early Learning Legislation

 

Act 119 — Relating to the State Budget – SIGNED INTO LAW ON JUNE 12, 2015 (H.B. 500 HD1 SD1 CD1)

The state budget passed by the Legislature includes $3,101,432 in general funds and $125,628 in federal funds for prekindergarten programs in fiscal year 2015-16 and fiscal year 2016-17.

These funds will provide operating support for public preschools on selected DOE elementary school campuses during the next two school years.

Act 108 — Relating to Early Childhood Education – SIGNED INTO LAW ON JUNE 12, 2015 (H.B. 821 HD1 SD1)

Defines “early childhood education” as “a developmentally appropriate early childhood development program for children from birth until the time they enter kindergarten.” This clarifies the roles of the Department of Education and the Executive Office on Early Learning and allows for the acceptance of federal funding.

Act 109 — Relating to Public Early Childhood Education –  SIGNED INTO LAW ON JUNE 12, 2015 (H.B. 820 HD2 SD1 CD1)

Establishes the Executive Office on Early Learning Public Prekindergarten Program to be administered by the Executive Office on Early Learning and provided through Department of Education public schools and public charter schools. Priority is given to underserved and/or at-risk children.

ACT 191 — Relating to Human Services – SIGNED INTO LAW ON JULY 1, 2015 (S.B. 64 SD3 HD1 CD1)

Appropriates $6 million in general funds to provide child care assistance to families for a child to attend preschool. The size of the subsidy depends on a family’s financial need and can range from $400 to $710 per child, per month.

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