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Public Policy & Advocacy – February 2018

NATIONAL

This information has been provided by NAEYC. Our continued supports of national advocacy efforts help improve the options for and access to quality child care for families and children across the State.

The Senate has agreed to a budget deal that lifts the budget caps and actually doubles CCDBG. Their agreement (which will still have to pass the House and be signed by the President before it goes into effect) will provide an additional $5.8 billion to CCDBG over two years – an increase of $2.9 billion per year. This is a big deal, as it is an important step towards our shared goals of significant investments in child care, and a down payment towards the Child Care for Working Families Act.

We will keep you posted as we learn more about what’s in (and out) of the budget deal as it moves forward, so stay tuned. It’s not over yet, and there are difficult decisions being made.

But in the meantime, thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work to keep investments in high-quality child care at the forefront of lawmakers’ minds as they made choices and priorities in the budget process. We don’t believe it would have happened without you and the many fantastic partners with whom we all work! I am deeply grateful to be part of this amazing, dedicated, and talented community working on behalf of children, families, and educators.

If you want to know how this may affect your state, check out CLASP’s fact sheets here. And again, stay tuned as we may call on you to help ensure that this budget is actually passed, and the increases for child care enacted. Don’t hesitate to reach out with questions.

Lauren Hogan | Senior Director, Public Policy and Advocacy

Phone: (202) 232-8777 ext. 8837
Email: lhogan@naeyc.org

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National Update, Friday — February 9, 2018

Great news!!!  Both the House and Senate passed another Continuing Resolution that included a government spending deal with a $5.8 billion increase for CCDBG over two years. It is official! This is the largest increase in federal child care funding in history! We are so grateful for all of you who took part in this effort to #DoubleCCDBG. It was a long journey and required a great team. Now it is time to celebrate! And then we can move on to the Child Care for Working Families Act!!

STATE

STATE LEGISLATIVE NEWS – February 8, 2018

Both the House and the Senate have prepared their budgets which are expected to be voted out of both Chambers this week.  Once that happens, the Budget Conference Committee will be appointed to resolve differences.  Below is a summary of the House and Senate recommendations:

Pre-K 12 Education
Appropriations
Appropriation Deduct Nonrecurring Funds Recurring Base Budget Senate
Recommendations
House
Recommendations
Difference
Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) $15,000,000   $15,000,000   $15,000,000   $15,000,000 $0
Help Me Grow Florida Network $1,851,767 ($42,810) $1,808,957 $642,810 $2,451,767   $1,808,957 ($642,810)
Home Instruction Program for Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY) $1,400,000   $1,400,000 $2,500,000 $3,900,000   $1,400,000 ($2,500,000)
Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Centers Child Care Program $57,080 ($57,080)   $57,080 $57,080 $100,000 $100,000 $42,920
Mount Zion Early Education Pilot $1,000,000 ($1,000,000)           $0
Early Learning Performance Based Incentives $15,500,000 ($12,000,000) $3,500,000 $12,000,000 $15,500,000 $12,000,000 $15,500,000 $0
School Readiness Teacher Training – Lastinger       $3,000,000 $3,000,000     ($3,000,000)
Teacher Education and Compensation Helps Program (T.E.A.C.H.) $3,000,000   $3,000,000 $7,000,000 $10,000,000 $7,000,000 $10,000,000 $0
Riviera Beach Early Learning to Kindergarten Pilot       $500,000 $500,000     ($500,000)
Florida Institute of Education: Rural Early Learning Exchange       $500,000 $500,000     ($500,000)
Preschool Emergency Alert Response Learning System (PEARLS)       $800,000 $800,000     ($800,000)
Books to Babies Pilot Project       $100,000 $100,000 $150,000 $150,000 $50,000
Linking Educational Asssets for Readiness Now (LEARN)       $200,000 $200,000     ($200,000)
Hillsborough Mind in the Making Family Engagement & Training       $103,000 $103,000     ($103,000)
Jack & Jill Children’s Center       $500,000 $500,000     ($500,000)
Marion County Public Schools – Young Parent Program       $330,000 $330,000     ($330,000)
                 
School Readiness Fraud Restitution Payments $500,000 ($500,000)   $950,000 $950,000 $950,000 $950,000 $0
Increase Budget Authority due to Federal Award Increase       $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $0
School Readiness Services $607,927,228   $607,927,228   $607,927,228 $2,154,416 $610,081,644 $2,154,416
                 

BILLS ON THE MOVE:

HB 951 – Voluntary Prekindergarten Education  – (Fischer, Donalds, PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee):  Requires certain assessment results be provided to parents within specified timeframe; requires OEL to aggregate specified assessment results to be distributed to certain entities & posted on office’s website; authorizes certain students to reenroll in VPK; provides funding & criteria & procedures for reenrollment.

HB 1091 (Grall), SB 1254 (Passidomo):  Early Learning:  Increases accountability in programs funded through early learning dollars, voluntary child assessment, and provides funding to establish baseline program assessments using CLASS in programs receiving school readiness funding.

HB 1175 (Sullivan, PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee), SB 1532 (Stargel):  Early Learning Coalitions:  Authorizes early learning coalitions to refuse to contact with certain school readiness programproviders.

HB 1351 (Payne, Williams, Civil Justice & Claims Committee), SB 1442 (Book):  Early Childhood Court Program:  Requires the Office of State Courts Administrator to verify existence of Early Childhood Court Program at certain circuit courts; authorizes office to hire statewide community coordinator; requires FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy to hire statewide clinical director; requires institute to submit annual reports.