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Engrossed House Bill (H)

DIGEST

Prekindergarten pilot program. Provides that, after June 30, 2019, in addition to the counties currently participating in the prekindergarten pilot program (program), the program includes eligible providers in any county in Indiana. Amends the definition of an "eligible child". Adds definitions of: (1) "extended enrollment period"; (2) "priority enrollment period"; and (3) "limited eligibility child". Provides that up to 20% of the grants provided may be used to provide grants to limited eligibility children. Provides that, during the priority enrollment period, the office of the secretary of family and social services (office) shall provide grants to eligible children in the Prekindergarten pilot program. Provides that, after June 30, 2019, in addition to the counties currently participating in the prekindergarten pilot program (program), the program includes eligible providers in any county in Indiana. Amends the definition of an "eligible child". Adds definitions of: (1) "extended enrollment period"; (2) "priority enrollment period"; and (3) "limited eligibility child". Provides that up to 20% of the grants provided may be used to provide grants to limited eligibility children. Provides that, during the priority enrollment period, the office of the secretary of family and social services (office) shall provide grants to eligible children in the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Provides that, during the extended enrollment period, the office shall provide grants to eligible children and limited eligibility children in the program on a first-come, first-served basis to the extent of available funding. Requires the office to post monthly on the office's Internet web site the total enrollment of and number of grants awarded to: (1) all eligible children (before January 1, 2020); and (2) all eligible children and all limited eligibility children (after December 31, 2019); for each county that participates in the program. Provides that a limited eligibility child may qualify for the grant if the child resides with a parent or guardian who receives Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Provides that the office may use money in the prekindergarten pilot program fund that is allocated for expansion plans to meet any state match amounts required for certain federal grants. Requires the office to include certain information in the office's annual report regarding the prekindergarten pilot program. Repeals a provision relating to income eligibility requirements to participate in the program. ... View more