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AB-6 Early childhood education: Early Childhood Education Branch.(2019-2020)



SECTION 1.

 Section 8206.8 is added to the Education Code, to read:

8206.8.
 (a) (1) In order to ensure a holistic implementation of early childhood education programs and universal preschool, on or before January 1, 2021, there shall be established in the department the Early Childhood Education Branch.
(2) The Early Childhood Education Branch shall replace the department’s Early Learning and Care Division.
(b) The responsibilities of the Early Childhood Education Branch shall include all of the following:
(1) Coordinate services with the State Department of Social Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency to ensure that social and health services are provided to children in early childhood education programs.
(2) Coordinate with local county offices of education to identify key strategies and implement a standardized curriculum.
(3) Provide leadership and support to contractors and the child development community, ensuring high-quality early childhood education programs are provided.
(4) Support mixed delivery systems within early childhood education programs.
(c) It is the intent of the Legislature to do both of the following:
(1) Adequately finance the Early Childhood Education Branch when it is established.
(2) Support the Early Childhood Education Branch in its efforts to promote alignment with elementary and secondary education staff and systems within the department.