senate Bill S5650D

Relates to early childhood education in daycare centers

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  • Introduced
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  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to 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

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7591C
Versions:
S5650
S5650A
S5650B
S5650C
S5650D
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Law Section:
Education

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

                                 5650--D
    Cal. No. 125

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11510-08-2

S. 5650--D                          2

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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