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CS/HB 7119: Early Learning Programs

GENERAL BILL by Economic Affairs Committee ; Business and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee ; Ahern ; Rouson

Early Learning Programs; Revises School Readiness Act & reorganizes provisions as new statutory chapter; provides OEL's & early learning coalitions' duties for administering school readiness program; revises minimum number of children served per coalition; establishes scorecard to measure coalition performance; establishes eligibility criteria & priorities by which children are enrolled in program; provides standards & eligibility criteria for school readiness providers; requires providers to execute statewide provider agreement & use curriculum approved by OEL; requires coalitions to monitor providers using standardized tool; provides for allocation of school readiness funds as specified in GAA; limits expenditures for certain activities & services; provides for payment of providers according to payment rates & sliding fee scales as provided in GAA; provides for investigations of fraud or overpayment in school readiness program; provides for repayment of identified overpayments; requires statewide provider agreement for VPK program; revises enrollment calculations & attendance reporting requirements for VPK program; requires Auditor General to audit coalitions; revises calculation of prevailing market rate schedule; deletes provisions for Child Care Executive Partnership; revises purpose & frequency of meetings of Florida Early Learning Advisory Council; repeals provisions for school readiness transportation services, Early Head Start collaboration grants, dependent care for families with children with special needs, transitional child care, & legislative intent related to professional credentials of prekindergarten instructors.

Effective Date: 7/1/2012
Last Action: 3/9/2012 House - Died on Calendar, companion bill(s) passed, see HB 5101 (Ch. 2012-133)
Bill Text: PDF

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
2/14/2012 House • Filed
• Referred to Economic Affairs Committee
• On Committee agenda-- Economic Affairs Committee, 02/16/12, 11:30 am, Reed Hall
• Introduced -HJ 597
2/15/2012 House • On Committee agenda-- Economic Affairs Committee, 02/17/12, 8:00 am, Reed Hall
2/16/2012 House • CS by- Economic Affairs Committee; YEAS 11 NAYS 6 -HJ 690
2/21/2012 House • Pending review of CS -under Rule 7.19(c)
• CS by Economic Affairs Committee read 1st time -HJ 688
2/22/2012 House • Placed on Calendar -HJ 737
3/9/2012 House • Died on Calendar, companion bill(s) passed, see HB 5101 (Ch. 2012-133)