A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT RENAMING THE CHILD CARE COMMISSION THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION COMMISSION, EXPANDING THE SCOPE OF THE COMMISSION TO ENCOMPASS ISSUES RELATING TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS, AND MAKING OTHER CONFORMING STATUTORY CHANGES; REQUIRING THAT LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS SHALL BE THE SOLE CONTRACT ADMINISTRATORS FOR THE PREKINDERGARTEN (NC PRE-K) PROGRAM; AND CLARIFYING THE DEFINITION OF "AT-RISK" AS RELATED TO ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION IN NC PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM.
Amends GS 143B-168.3to renamethe Child Care Commissionof the Department of Health and Human Services, as the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission (Commission) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Directs the Commission to adopt rules in collaboration with appropriate agencies to establish policies and procedures to ensure coordination among early childhood care and education programs, including completing necessary memoranda of agreement among federal and state-funded programs.
Amends the definition for "Commission" in GS 110-86 to mean the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission (was, the Child Care Commission). Makes conforming changes to replace references to the Child Care Commission with Early Childhood Care and Education Commissionin the following statutes: GS 110-91(4), GS 120-123(44), GS 143B-138.1, GS 143B-147(a), and GS 143B-168.5.
Amends GS 143B-138.1(a)(11) to rename the Division of Child Development, as the Division of Child Development and Early Education,and amends subsection (b)(8) to rename the Child Day Care Commission as the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission.
Amends GS 143B-168.4 to reduce the members of the Commission to 11 (was, 17) with five appointments by the governor, and six by the General Assembly. Amends requirements for the composition of the Commission to reflect the decreased number of members. Deletes provision that only after the initial appointees' terms have expired, all members are to be appointed to serve two-year terms and simply declares that all members are to be appointed for two-year terms.
Provides that members serving on the renamed Early Childhood Care and Education Commission on the effective date of this act, may complete the terms for which they were appointed. Provides that the terms of the two appointees by the governor, and thefour appointees by the General Assembly, twoon the recommendation of the Speaker ofthe House of Representatives, and two on the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, expire on the effective date of this act. Specifies that these six current appointees are members of the public who are not employed in, or providing child care and have no financial interest in a child care facility and are currently serving on the Commission.
DirectsDHHS , Division of Child Development and Early Education to report no later than September 1, 2014, to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services on the Commission's progress in establishing rules, polices, and procedures under GS 143B-168.3(a1)(3), as enacted in Section 6 of this act.
Directs local partnerships to serve as the sole contract administrators of the pre- kindergarten (NC Pre-K) program beginning July 1, 2013. Prohibits local school administrative units from serving as contract administrators for the NC Pre-K program.
Provides that the NC Pre-K program may continue to serve children identified as at-risk via existing "child find" methods. Identifies factors to be included in identifying a child as "at-risk" and therefore eligible for the Pre-K program. States that eligibility determinations for Pre-K participants may continue through local North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., partnerships.
Effective July 1, 2013.
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