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AB-1256 Early childhood education: learning readiness measures: report.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 04:00 AM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1256


Introduced by Assembly Member Bonta

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Section 8203.7 of the Education Code, relating to early childhood education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1256, as introduced, Bonta. Early childhood education: learning readiness measures: report.
The Child Care and Development Services Act has a purpose of providing a comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective system of childcare and development services for children from infancy to 13 years of age and their parents, including a full range of supervision, health, and support services through full- and part-time programs. The act requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop standards for the implementation of quality programs.
This bill would require the Superintendent to provide a report to the Legislature and the Governor, no later than January 1, 2021, with recommendations to guide state policy on learning readiness measures, as provided.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) High-quality, early childhood experiences have been shown to produce substantial short-term gains in children’s early language, literacy, mathematics, and social skills as well as long-term effects on a wide range of learning readiness, health, developmental, and behavioral outcomes that persist into adulthood, as demonstrated in studies produced by numerous scholars.
(b) California’s investments in early childhood should support equity for all children in learning readiness, as well as health, developmental, and behavioral outcomes that support low-income California children, children in poverty, English learners, dual language learners, and children of color advancing with their peers.
(c) California does not have a clear definition of what makes pupils “learning ready.” Without this definition, the impact of California’s early learning programs on learning readiness is unknown.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8203.7 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8203.7.
 (a) The Superintendent shall provide a report to the Legislature and the Governor, no later than January 1, 2021, with recommendations to guide state policy on learning readiness measures. These recommendations shall include the feedback of California early childhood stakeholders, local, statewide, and international research and best practices for measuring learning readiness, and how to use that measure to influence strategic policy for children and families.
(b) (1) A report submitted to the Legislature pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.