senate Bill S5650D

Signed By Governor
2011-2012 Legislative Session

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 by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Aug 17, 2012 signed chap.379
Aug 06, 2012 delivered to governor
Jun 21, 2012 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.125
substituted for s5650d
Jun 21, 2012 substituted by a7591c
Jun 18, 2012 amended on third reading (t) 5650d
vote reconsidered - restored to third reading
Jun 18, 2012 returned to senate
recalled from assembly
May 02, 2012 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
Apr 17, 2012 amended on third reading 5650c
Jan 31, 2012 advanced to third reading
Jan 30, 2012 2nd report cal.
Jan 24, 2012 1st report cal.125
Jan 19, 2012 print number 5650b
amend and recommit to education
Jan 05, 2012 print number 5650a
amend and recommit to education
Jan 04, 2012 referred to education
returned to senate
died in assembly
Jun 16, 2011 referred to education
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1328
Jun 13, 2011 reported and committed to rules
Jun 08, 2011 referred to education

Votes

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Jan 24, 2012 - Education committee Vote

S5650B
18
0
committee
18
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 16, 2011 - Rules committee Vote

S5650
24
0
committee
24
Aye
0
Nay
0
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Jun 13, 2011 - Education committee Vote

S5650
17
0
committee
17
Aye
0
Nay
1
Aye with Reservations
0
Absent
0
Excused
0
Abstained
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Bill Amendments

Original
A
B
C
D (Active)
Original
A
B
C
D (Active)

Co-Sponsors

S5650 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7591C
Law Section:
Education

S5650 - Bill Texts

view summary

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

view sponsor memo
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

Co-Sponsors

S5650A - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7591C
Law Section:
Education

S5650A - Bill Texts

view summary

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

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S5650A

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, 2011 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.

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--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 8, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FLANAGAN,  ADDABBO,  MONTGOMERY -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Education  --  recommitted to the Committee on Education in accordance
  with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

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 43 to read as follows:
  43. 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.
                                                           LBD11510-02-1

Co-Sponsors

S5650B - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7591C
Law Section:
Education

S5650B - Bill Texts

view summary

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

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S5650B

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, 2011 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.

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--B

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 8, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  FLANAGAN,  ADDABBO,  MONTGOMERY -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Education  --  recommitted to the Committee 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

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 43 to read as follows:
  43. 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  TWELVE,  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.
                                                           LBD11510-03-2

Co-Sponsors

S5650C - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7591C
Law Section:
Education

S5650C - Bill Texts

view summary

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

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S5650C

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the education law, in relation to directing the commis-
sioner 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, 2011 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 chil-
dren in Head Start and Early Head Start serves approximately 5,700 chil-
dren and expectant mothers. Over 67,000 preschool children with disabil-
ities 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. Over-
sight 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 environ-
ment 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 road-
blocks 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--C
    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
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Education -- recommitted to the Committee  on  Educa-
  tion 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

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 43 to read as follows:
  43. 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  DAY  CARE.  THE
DEPARTMENT SHALL REVIEW AND ANALYZE THE FOLLOWING: EXISTING REQUIREMENTS
FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN ZERO TO FIVE YEARS OLD IN ALL
DAY CARE SETTINGS; A SURVEY OF EXISTING STATEWIDE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCA-
TIONAL  INITIATIVES;  EDUCATIONAL/TRAINING  REQUIREMENTS OF ALL DAY CARE
EMPLOYEES SUPERVISING CHILDREN; HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES AVAILABLE  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 TWELVE, REPORT 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.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11510-06-2

Co-Sponsors

S5650D (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7591C
Law Section:
Education

S5650D (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

view summary

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

view sponsor memo
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
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                                 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.
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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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