Senate Bill (S)

DIGEST

Prekindergarten education. Adds additional requirements for an eligible provider to participate in the early education grant pilot program (pilot program). Adds additional requirements for an eligible child to qualify for or receive a grant under the pilot program. Provides that, after June 30, 2017, the pilot program includes eligible providers in any county in Indiana. Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services (office) may award a grant, with limitation, to a potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider for an expansion plan if certain requirements are met. Requires a potential eligible provider or existing eligible Prekindergarten education. Adds additional requirements for an eligible provider to participate in the early education grant pilot program (pilot program). Adds additional requirements for an eligible child to qualify for or receive a grant under the pilot program. Provides that, after June 30, 2017, the pilot program includes eligible providers in any county in Indiana. Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services (office) may award a grant, with limitation, to a potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider for an expansion plan if certain requirements are met. Requires a potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider to repay to the office the total amount of the grant awarded if the potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider fails to use the grant funds in accordance with the expansion plan or in compliance with the agreement with the office. Requires the office to make at least two onsite inspections of facilities of eligible providers and potential eligible providers or existing eligible providers each year. Provides that the office may determine that an eligible provider or potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider is no longer eligible under the pilot program if the provider: (1) fails to comply with the requirements of the pilot program; or (2) refuses to allow, during normal business hours, the office to inspect the facility at which the provider operates a child care program for eligible children. Requires the office to: (1) monitor the educational outcomes resulting from the implementation of expansion plans; and (2) annually provide the governor and legislative council a report of the findings of the office concerning the educational outcomes. Establishes the prekindergarten pilot program fund. Requires the department of education to approve an early learning development framework for prekindergarten. Requires the office to apply for waivers from all applicable federal agencies to receive any federal funding for child care or prekindergarten education in one block grant to use for child care and prekindergarten programs in the state. Requires the division of family resources to develop a provider rate reimbursement schedule that uses money appropriated by the general assembly as an incentive for providers eligible to receive voucher payments under the federal Child Care and Development fund voucher program to meet the standards of quality recognized by a Level 3 or Level 4 Paths to QUALITY program rating. Makes an appropriation to the prekindergarten pilot program fund in an amount of $22,000,000 from the state general fund for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, and for the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018. Repeals the provisions concerning the early education matching grant program. ... View more