RESULTS OF THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
HIGHLIGHTS OF EARLY LEARNING LEGISLATION
Act 202 – Relating to Early Learning – SIGNED INTO LAW ON JULY 11, 2017 (H.B. No. 498).
- Amended the definition of early learning to include early childhood development, from prenatal care (vs. birth).
- Changed the Early Learning Advisory Board to a governing board (Early Learning Board).
- Changed the definition of “at-risk children” to include those with family income of 300% of FPL, from 250%, which applies to the enrollment priority used by the EOEL Public Pre-Kindergarten Program.
- Gave enrollment priority in the EOEL Public Pre-Kindergarten Program in part to in-district children.
- Required schools opening a classroom through the EOEL Public Pre-Kindergarten Program to participate in an early learning induction program.
- Provided EOEL with the ability to offer grants to increase quality early learning opportunities through publicly or privately run programs.
Act 49 – Relating to the State Budget – SIGNED INTO LAW ON JUNE 21, 2017 (H.B. No. 100).
- Provided general funds for operational support for the EOEL Public Pre-Kindergarten Program.
- Provided general funds for:
- Five new EOEL Public Pre-Kindergarten Program classrooms starting School Year 2018-19 (in addition to the existing 21 classrooms in 19 schools);
- An Early Learning Induction Program for schools opening new EOEL Public Pre-Kindergarten classrooms; and
- Continuation of the Early Learning Academy for participating schools.
- Provided EOEL with general funds for two new permanent positions and operational expenses.
- Converted several positions from temporary to permanent positions.
Act 203 – Relating to Early Learning – SIGNED INTO LAW ON JULY 11, 2017 (H.B. No. 937).
Appropriated $300,000 for EOEL to contract with third-party providers for family-child interaction learning programs that support families to take an active role in the social, emotional, and cognitive development of their young children.