senate Bill S5650

Amended

Relates to early childhood education in daycare centers

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 08 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 13 / Jun / 2011
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1328
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 16 / Jun / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 05 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 5650A
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 19 / Jan / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 5650B
  • 24 / Jan / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.125
  • 30 / Jan / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 31 / Jan / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 17 / Apr / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 5650C
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 02 / May / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • RECALLED FROM ASSEMBLY
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • VOTE RECONSIDERED - RESTORED TO THIRD READING
  • 18 / Jun / 2012
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 5650D
  • 21 / Jun / 2012
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A7591C

Summary

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

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Bill Details

Versions:
S5650
S5650A
S5650B
S5650C
S5650D
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L

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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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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5650

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11510-01-1

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