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SB-725 Early childhood education: parent participation preschool programs.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/14/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 14, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 10, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 725


Introduced by Senator Ochoa Bogh

February 19, 2021


An act relating to early childhood education, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 725, as amended, Ochoa Bogh. Early childhood education: parent participation preschool programs.
Existing law requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer all California state preschool programs, including, but not limited to, part-day and full-day age and developmentally appropriate programs for 3- and 4-year-old children.
This bill would appropriate $45,000,000 from the General Fund to the State Department of Education to establish the Parent Participation Preschool Pilot Program to provide one-time grants to local educational agencies California state preschool program contracting agencies, as defined, for the creation or expansion of parent participation preschool programs, as defined. The bill would require the department to announce and post criteria for grants on or before March 31, 2022, to award grants to selected local educational agencies California state preschool program contracting agencies on or before the beginning of the 2022–23 school year, and to report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on the impact of the pilot program on or before January 1, 2024.
Funds appropriated by this bill would be applied toward the minimum funding requirements for school districts and community college districts imposed by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Parent Participation Preschool Pilot Program is hereby established, under the administration of the State Department of Education, to provide one-time grants to local educational agencies California state preschool program contracting agencies for the creation or expansion of parent participation preschool programs.
(b) The sum of $45,000,000 is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the State Department of Education for the pilot program.
(c) Grant funds shall be used for costs associated with creating or expanding parent participation preschool programs, including, but not limited to, costs related to all of the following:
(1) Teacher salaries.
(2) Classrooms.
(3) Curriculum.
(4) Learning development for children in the program.
(d) Local educational agencies California state preschool program contracting agencies receiving grants pursuant to this section shall report specific data to, and in a manner specified by, the State Department of Education, and participate in overall program evaluation.
(e) In awarding funding pursuant to this section, the State Department of Education shall do all of the following:
(1) On or before March 31, 2022, announce and post criteria for grants on its internet website.
(2) On or before the beginning of the 2022–23 school year, award grants to selected local educational agencies. California state preschool program contracting agencies.
(3) Establish standard metrics to ensure consistency in data collection.
(4) On or before January 1, 2024, submit a report to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature on the expenditure of funds and relevant outcome data in order to evaluate the impact of the pilot program.
(5) Spend no more than 5 percent of the funds appropriated pursuant to subdivision (b) on the costs of administering the pilot program.
(f) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:

(1)“Local educational agency” means a school district, county office of education, or charter school.

(1) “California state preschool program contracting agency” means a school district, community college district, college or university, county superintendent of schools, county, city, public agency, private nontax-exempt agency, private tax-exempt agency, or other entity operating a California state preschool program pursuant to Article 7 (commencing with Section 8235) of Chapter 2 of Part 6 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code.
(2) “Parent participation preschool program” means a preschool program where a parent, guardian, or family member of a child in the program works in the classroom part-time or full-time.
(3) “Pilot program” means the Parent Participation Preschool Pilot Program.
(g) For purposes of making the computations required by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution, the appropriation made by subdivision (a) shall be deemed to be “General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts,” as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 41202 of the Education Code, for the 2021–22 fiscal year, and included within the “total allocations to school districts and community college districts from General Fund proceeds of taxes appropriated pursuant to Article XIII B,” as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 41202 of the Education Code, for the 2021–22 fiscal year.