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

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Date Published: 12/03/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 6


Introduced by Assembly Members Reyes and McCarty

December 03, 2018


An act to add Section 8206.8 to the Education Code, relating to early childhood education.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 6, as introduced, Reyes. Early childhood education: Office of Early Childhood Education.
Existing law designates the State Department of Education as the single state agency responsible for the promotion, development, and provision of care of children in the absence of their parents during the workday or while engaged in other activities which require assistance of a 3rd party or parties.
This bill would establish in the department the Office of Early Childhood Education in order to ensure a holistic implementation of early childhood education programs and universal preschool. The bill would require the office to have specified responsibilities, including the responsibility of coordinating 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 and to identify families eligible for early childhood education financial assistance.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

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

8206.8.
 (a) In order to ensure a holistic implementation of early childhood education programs and universal preschool, there is hereby established in the department the Office of Early Childhood Education.
(b) The responsibilities of the Office of Early Childhood Education 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 and to identify families eligible for early childhood education financial assistance.
(2) Coordinate with local county offices of education to identify key strategies and implement a standardized curriculum.
(3) Create standardized curriculum within the early childhood education structure.
(4) Coordinate with the California Community Colleges system to create standards for the early childhood education workforce.
(5) Identify regional funding needs in order to achieve the goal of universal preschool and early childhood education by January 1, 2030.