S.502 - Prepare All Kids Act of 2013
A bill to assist States in providing voluntary high-quality universal prekindergarten programs and programs to support infants and toddlers.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. HIGH-QUALITY PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS.
‘PART I--HIGH-QUALITY PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAMS
‘SEC. 1841. FINDINGS.
‘(2) State-funded preschool is the most rapidly expanding segment of the United States educational system, but in many States a lack of stable funding poses an enormous threat to the provision or continuation of high-quality preschool.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) Researchers, educators, and economists have long noted an achievement gap for low-income and minority students as compared to their more advantaged peers that is often already evident when children enter school for the first time.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) One study showed that before entering kindergarten, the average cognitive scores of preschool-age children in the highest socioeconomic group are 60 percent above the average scores of preschool-age children in the lowest socioeconomic group.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) For low-income preschoolers, research shows that high-quality early education and development is vital to closing the achievement gap between them and their more advantaged peers.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) The provision of high-quality prekindergarten is a cost-effective investment for children and for the Nation. Research shows that for every $1 invested in high-quality early childhood programs, taxpayers save up to $7 in crime, welfare, remedial and special education, and other costs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(11) The gap in developmental progress prior to preschool is significant for thousands of young children, and needs to be addressed in order to have a strong foundation for children’s progress in preschool and later years.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1842. DEFINITIONS.
‘(3) POVERTY LINE- The term ‘poverty line’ has the meaning given the term in section 673(2) of the Community Services Block Grant Act (
42 U.S.C. 9902(2)) and includes any revision required by that section.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(B) during the 6-year period following the first date on which the individual is employed as a teacher in a prekindergarten program assisted under this part, is working toward such degree.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(6) QUALIFIED PREKINDERGARTEN PROVIDER- The term ‘qualified prekindergarten provider’ includes a provider of a prekindergarten program, a Head Start agency, a provider of a child care program, a school, or other entities providing prekindergarten services for eligible children that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) has met applicable requirements under State or local law that are designed to protect the health and safety of children and that are applicable to child care providers, or similar health and safety standards for public elementary and secondary schools.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(7) STATE ADVISORY COUNCIL ON EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE- The term ‘State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care’ means the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care designated or established under section 642B of the Head Start Act (
42 U.S.C. 9837b) for a State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1843. PROGRAM AUTHORIZATION.
‘(a) Prekindergarten Incentive Fund- The Secretary of Education, in collaboration and consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall create a Prekindergarten Incentive Fund, to be administered by the Secretary of Education.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Grants- In administering the Fund, the Secretary shall award grants to eligible States based on a formula established by the Secretary in accordance with subsection (c), to pay for the Federal share of the cost of awarding subgrants to qualified prekindergarten providers to establish, expand, or enhance voluntary high-quality full-day prekindergarten programs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Minimum Allotment- No State shall receive a grant allotment under subsection (b) for a fiscal year that is less than one-half of 1 percent of the total amount made available to carry out this part for such fiscal year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1844. STATE APPLICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS.
‘(a) Designated State Agency- To be eligible to receive a grant under this part, a State shall designate a State agency to administer the State program of assistance for prekindergarten programs funded through the grant, including receiving and administering funds and monitoring the programs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) State Application- In order for a State to be eligible to receive a grant under this part, the designated State agency shall submit an application to the Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may reasonably require, including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) a description of the number of children in the State who are eligible for the prekindergarten programs and the needs that will be served through the prekindergarten programs;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) a description of how the designated State agency will collaborate and coordinate activities with the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care, State-funded providers of prekindergarten programs, providers of federally funded programs such as Head Start agencies, local educational agencies, and child care providers;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(6) a description of how the State will ensure, through a monitoring process, that qualified prekindergarten providers receiving the subgrants provide prekindergarten programs that meet the standards of high-quality early education, and use funds appropriately;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) NON-FEDERAL SHARE- The State shall provide the non-Federal share of the cost described in section 1843(b) in cash. A State may include, as the State’s non-Federal share, State funds designated for State prekindergarten programs or to supplement Head Start programs, but may not include any funds that are attributed as matching funds, as part of a non-Federal share, or as a maintenance of effort requirement, for any other Federal program.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(d) Supplementary Federal Funding- Funds made available under this part may be used only to supplement and not supplant other Federal, State, local, or private funds that would, in the absence of the funds made available under this part, be made available for early childhood programs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Maintenance of Effort- A State that receives a grant under this part for a fiscal year shall maintain the expenditures of the State for early childhood programs at a level not less than the level of such expenditures of the State for the preceding fiscal year.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1845. STATE SET ASIDES AND EXPENDITURES.
‘(a) Infant and Toddler Set Aside- Notwithstanding section 1843, a State shall set aside not less than 15 percent of the funds made available through a grant awarded under this part for the purpose of funding high-quality early childhood development programs for children from birth through age 3. Funds made available under this subsection may also be used for professional development for teachers and teacher aides in classrooms for children from birth through age 3.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Extended Day and Extended Year Set Aside- Notwithstanding section 1843, a State shall set aside not less than 10 percent of the funds made available through a grant awarded under this part for the purpose of extending the hours of early childhood development programs to create extended day and extended year programs.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Administrative Expenses- Not more than 5 percent of the funds made available through a grant awarded under this part may be used for administrative expenses, including monitoring.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1846. LOCAL APPLICATIONS.
‘To be eligible to receive a subgrant under this part, a qualified prekindergarten provider shall submit an application to the designated State agency at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the agency may reasonably require, including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) a description of how the qualified prekindergarten provider will meet the diverse needs of children in the community to be served, including children with disabilities, children whose native language is not English, children with other special needs, children in the State foster care system, and homeless children;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(4) a description of how children in the prekindergarten program, and their parents and families, will receive referrals to, or assistance with, accessing supportive services provided within the community;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(5) a description of how the qualified prekindergarten provider collaborates with the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care and providers of other programs serving children and families, including Head Start agencies, providers of child care programs, and local educational agencies, to meet the needs of children, families, and working families, as appropriate; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(6) a description of how the qualified prekindergarten provider will collaborate with local educational agencies to ensure a smooth transition for participating students from the prekindergarten program to kindergarten and early elementary education.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1847. LOCAL PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS.
‘(a) Mandatory Uses of Funds- A qualified prekindergarten provider that receives a subgrant under this part shall use funds received through the grant to establish, expand, or enhance prekindergarten programs for children who are ages 3 through 5, including--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) providing a prekindergarten program that supports children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development and approaches to learning, and helps prepare children for a successful transition to kindergarten; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) utilizing a prekindergarten curriculum that is research- and evidence-based, developmentally appropriate, and designed to support children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development, and approaches to learning; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1848. REPORTING.
‘(a) Qualified Prekindergarten Provider Reports- Each qualified prekindergarten provider that receives a subgrant from a State under this part shall submit an annual report, to the designated State agency, that reviews the effectiveness of the prekindergarten program provided. Such annual report shall include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) State Reports- Each State that receives a grant under this part shall submit an annual report to the Secretary detailing the effectiveness of all prekindergarten programs funded under this part in the State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Report to Congress- The Secretary shall submit an annual report to Congress that describes the State programs of assistance for prekindergarten programs funded under this part.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1849. PROHIBITED USE OF ASSESSMENTS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
‘Funds available under this part, including funds provided as the non-Federal share required under section 1844(c)(2), may not be used for assessments of children in prekindergarten programs or early childhood development programs for any of the following:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘SEC. 1850. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
SEC. 3. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
‘Part J--General Provisions’;
‘Part I--High-Quality Prekindergarten Programs
(b) Conforming Provisions- Sections 1304(c)(2) and 1415(a)(2)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (
20 U.S.C. 6394(c)(2), 6435(a)(2)(C)) are each amended by striking ‘part I’ and inserting ‘part J’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink