Bill Summaries: S456 (2021)

  • Summary date: Apr 1 2021 - View summary

    Appropriates $250,000 for each year of the 2021-23 biennium from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education (Division) to establish a two-year child development assistance apprenticeship pilot program (program). Directs the Division to provide program participants with on-the-job learning and coursework for early childhood educators, specialized training with a one-on-one mentor, and classroom-based, related technical instruction that may result in college credit. Requires implementation at at least two child development centers, with one located in the Piedmont region and one in the Eastern region, with the intent to establish best practices to be modeled statewide. Directs the Division to consider coordination with the NC Partnership for Children, Inc. in program implementation. Requires the Division to submit annual progress reports to the specified NCGA committee by December 31 of each year of the program, and a final report by December 31, 2023, on the outcomes of participating educators. Effective July 1, 2021.