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

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Date Published: 04/02/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 02, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2019

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 amended, Reyes. Early childhood education: Early Childhood Education Branch.
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 that require assistance of a 3rd party or parties.
This bill would establish in the department, on or before January 1, 2021, the Early Childhood Education Branch, 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. programs. The bill would express the intent of the Legislature to adequately finance the Early Childhood Education Branch when it is established.
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) (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)Identify families eligible for early childhood education financial assistance, when possible.

(3)

(2) Coordinate with local county offices of education to identify key strategies and implement a standardized curriculum.

(4)

(3) Provide leadership and support to contractors and the child development community, ensuring high-quality early childhood education programs are provided.

(5)

(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.