senate Bill S5650D
(R, C, IP) 2nd Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Relates to review of standards, guidelines and criteria for education, development or learning in programs.
TITLE OF BILL:
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.
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
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.
This bill would take effect immediately.
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