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Key Early Childhood Legislation in 2017 Session

Senate Bill 468: Voluntary Prekindergarten Education

  • Sponsor: Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland)
  • House Companion Bill 757: Reps. Byron Donalds (R-Naples), Jason Fischer (R-Jacksonville)
  • Bill summary: Assigning students with identification numbers for voluntary prekindergarten education programs; requiring voluntary prekindergarten providers to provide parents with pre- and post- assessment results within a specified timeframe; requiring the Just Read, Florida! Office to provide teachers, reading coaches, and principals in prekindergarten through grade 3 with specified training.

Read the full bill: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/468/BillText/Filed/PDF

Senate Bill 806: Committee on Early Grade Success

  • Sponsor: Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland)
  • House Companion Bill 1229: Rep. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach)
  • Bill summary: Creating the Committee on Early Grade Success within the Department of Education to develop a proposal for establishing and implementing a coordinated child assessment system for the School Readiness Program, the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.

Read the full bill: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/806/BillText/Filed/PDF

House Bill 637: Florida KidCare Program

  • Sponsor: Rep. Nicholas Duran (D-Miami)
  • Senate Companion Bill 1654: Sen. Daphne Campbell (D-North Miami Beach)
  • Bill summary: Establishes the KidCare Operational Efficiency & Health Care Improvement Workgroup; provides purpose, duties, staffing and membership; requires report to Governor and the Legislature.
  • Read the full bill: http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/637/BillText/Filed/PDF