senate Bill S328

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Relates to the duties of the commissioner

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Jan 04, 2012 referred to education
Mar 29, 2011 defeated in education
Feb 28, 2011 notice of committee consideration - requested
Jan 05, 2011 referred to education

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S328 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A6190
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง305, Ed L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Session:
S7553A, A10797, A10797A

S328 - Bill Texts

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Relates to the duties of the commissioner of education with regard to early childhood education from birth through age five.

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BILL NUMBER:S328

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to the duties of the
commissioner of education with regard to early childhood education

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill directs the commissioner to review and make recommendations
about the education and development of children from birth through
five years of age at all settings which care for such children.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 directs the commissioner to review and make recommendations
concerning the education and development of children from birth
through five years of age. The commissioner will consult with the
department of health, the office of children and family service, the
office of temporary and disability assistance and the early childhood
advisory council appointed pursuant to the federal Head Start
Reauthorization Act. The department will report its findings,
conclusion and recommendations to the governor and the legislature.
Section 2 makes this act effective immediately.

JUSTIFICATION:
Research has well documented the importance of high quality early
education and care to elementary and secondary education. Children
who are involved in education at day care, pre-kindergarten programs
and other settings which care for children from birth through five
years of age are better prepared for school. They read better, speak
better, behave better and, in general, do better in school. In New
York State, however, multiple agencies, numerous providers and
separate funding streams complicate the delivery of and access to
programs and services for the education and development of our
youngest citizens. For example, the responsibility for education,
development and care of children from birth to five years of age
rests with public and non-public schools, pre-kindergarten programs,
day care centers and family day care, early intervention programs and
special education programs.

New York must and can do better by our children. This bill therefore
calls on the State Education Department where Regents have
established an Early Childhood Workgroup to review, in consultation
with the Office of Children and Family Services, the Office of
Temporary and Disability Assistance and the Department of Health,
state laws and regulations, program and services in the several
agencies now responsible for education and care of young children and
make recommendations to establish a seamless and comprehensive set of
educational systems and supports for children from birth to age five.
This will serve children well. It will also serve the state; with new
emphasis on early childhood education, the federal government is
developing new funding.
In order to compete for these funds, New York will need
to address how it
administers, funds and delivers programs and services to the youngest
children and their families. Other states including Massachusetts,
Maryland, Georgia and Washington have already done so.


PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2010: S.7553-A - Died in Committee

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                   328

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 5, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  MONTGOMERY, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, OPPENHEIMER,
  PARKER, SAVINO, SQUADRON, STEWART-COUSINS -- read  twice  and  ordered
  printed,  and  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Educa-
  tion

AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation  to  the  duties  of  the
  commissioner of education with regard to early childhood education

  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 OR  THE
COMMISSIONER'S DESIGNEE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE OFFICE OF CHIL-
DREN  AND  FAMILY  SERVICES  AND  THE OFFICE OF TEMPORARY AND DISABILITY
ASSISTANCE AND THE CHAIR OR THE CHAIR'S DESIGNEE OF THE EARLY  CHILDHOOD
ADVISORY  COUNCIL OR ITS EQUIVALENT AS APPOINTED PURSUANT TO THE FEDERAL
HEAD START REAUTHORIZATION ACT OF TWO  THOUSAND  SEVEN,  SHALL  EXAMINE,
EVALUATE, AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE EDUCATION AND DEVELOP-
MENT  OF CHILDREN FROM BIRTH THROUGH FIVE YEARS OF AGE. THE COMMISSIONER
SHALL IDENTIFY, REVIEW, ANALYZE AND  MAKE  RECOMMENDATIONS  ABOUT  STATE
LAWS AND REGULATIONS, PROGRAMS AND SERVICES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
THE  FOLLOWING:  REQUIREMENTS  FOR  THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN FROM BIRTH
THROUGH FIVE YEARS OF AGE AT ALL SETTINGS WHICH CARE FOR  SUCH  CHILDREN
INCLUDING  BUT NOT LIMITED TO PUBLIC AND NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS, PRE-KINDER-
GARTEN PROGRAMS, DAY CARE CENTERS AND  FAMILY  DAY  CARE,  EARLY  INTER-
VENTION   PROGRAMS,   SPECIAL  EDUCATION  PROGRAMS  AND  OTHER  RELEVANT
SETTINGS; REQUIREMENTS  FOR  DEVELOPMENTAL  SERVICES  NECESSARY  TO  THE
EDUCATION  AND  DEVELOPMENT OF CHILDREN FROM BIRTH THROUGH FIVE YEARS OF
AGE AT SUCH SETTINGS; THE HEALTH,  FAMILY  SUPPORT  AND  OTHER  SERVICES
NECESSARY  FOR  THE  EDUCATION  AND  DEVELOPMENT  OF CHILDREN FROM BIRTH
THROUGH FIVE YEARS OF AGE; REQUIREMENTS FOR THE EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01532-01-1

S. 328                              2

AND TRAINING OF PERSONNEL IN  SUCH  SETTINGS  WHO  ARE  RESPONSIBLE  FOR
EDUCATION, DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES AND SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN FROM BIRTH
THROUGH FIVE YEARS OF AGE INCLUDING TEACHERS, TEACHER ASSISTANTS AND DAY
CARE  PROVIDERS,  DIRECTORS  AND  EMPLOYEES; AND THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND
LOCAL FUNDING STREAMS  FOR  EARLY  CHILDHOOD  EDUCATION  AT  PUBLIC  AND
NON-PUBLIC  SCHOOLS,  PRE-KINDERGARTEN  PROGRAMS,  DAY  CARE CENTERS AND
FAMILY DAY CARE AND OTHER RELEVANT SETTINGS.
  B. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL REPORT ITS FINDINGS, CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMEN-
DATIONS WITHIN EIGHT MONTHS OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SUBDIVISION TO
THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, THE SPEAKER OF  THE
ASSEMBLY, THE CHAIRS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES ON EDUCATION,
THE  CHAIRS  OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES ON CHILDREN AND FAMI-
LIES, THE CHAIRS  OF  THE  SENATE  AND  ASSEMBLY  COMMITTEES  ON  SOCIAL
SERVICES AND THE CHAIRS OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY COMMITTEES ON HEALTH.
THE REPORT SHALL INCLUDE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STRENGTHENING ACCESS TO AND
THE  QUALITY  OF  EDUCATIONAL, DEVELOPMENTAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS
AND SERVICES AT ALL  SETTINGS  WHERE  SUCH  PROGRAMS  AND  SERVICES  ARE
PROVIDED  TO  CHILDREN  FROM  BIRTH  THROUGH  FIVE  YEARS OF AGE AND THE
CONSOLIDATION OF FUNDING, OVERSIGHT AND ENFORCEMENT  FOR  SUCH  PROGRAMS
AND SERVICES.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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