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.
House amendments to the 2nd edition make the following changes.
Amendment #3 amends Section 12 of the act to add that as funds are available, in addition to the children defined as at risk, the prekindergarten program may also serve a child whose family's gross income is at or below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Amendment #4 provides that beginning July 1, 2014 (was, July 1, 2013), local partnerships must serve as the sole contract administrators of the NC Pre-K program. Makes the act effective July 1, 2014 (was, July 1, 2013).
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