SB 305

  • Delaware Senate Bill
  • 152nd General Assembly (2023-2024)
  • Introduced in Senate Jun 12, 2024
  • Passed Senate Jun 11, 2024
  • House
  • Governor

An Act To Amend Title 14 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Early Childhood Education.

Abstract

This Act streamlines and modernizes the State Early Childhood Education Program in § 3001 of Title 14, also referred to as State-funded early care and education, as follows: (1) Adds definitions. (2) Provides the Department of Education (Department) with a general grant of authority to provide early childhood educational services. (3) Subject to available appropriations, § 3001(c) of this Act requires the Department to provide free, full-day early childhood educational services for preschool-age children who satisfy eligibility requirements developed by the Department. This provision incorporates elements of epilogue language from the FY 2024 Annual Appropriation Act regarding the Redding Consortium and the Early Childhood Assistance Program (ECAP). (4) Allows for common standards and processes across programs. (5) Requires the early childhood educational services under § 3001(c) to align with quality standards in the categories of learning environment and curriculum, qualifications and professional development, family and community partnerships, and management and administration. (6) Aligns the length of contracts with the Head Start program, while clarifying that contracts under this section must comply with State procurement standards under Chapter 69 of Title 29. (7) Updates the Code to reflect that the Department uses a quality improvement system instead of Delaware Stars for Early Success. This Act also makes technical corrections to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual and for clarity.

Bill Sponsors (11)

Votes


Jun 11, 2024

Actions


Jun 12, 2024

House

Assigned to Education Committee in House

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Education

Jun 11, 2024

Senate

Amendment SA 1 to SB 305 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES

Senate

Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES

Jun 06, 2024

Senate

Amendment SA 1 to SB 305 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

May 22, 2024

Senate

Reported Out of Committee (Education) in Senate with 2 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
Education

May 16, 2024

Senate

Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in Senate

  • Introduction
  • Referral-Committee
Education

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
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SA 1 to SB 305 HTML PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note PDF

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