AN ACT TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS FOR EARLY LITERACY INITIATIVES.
Appropriates $12 million for 2017-18 from the General Fund to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education, to be allocated to the North Carolina Partnership for Children Inc. (Partnership) to develop and implement a comprehensive early literacy initiative. Requires the funds to be used as follows: (1) $7 million to increase statewide access to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and (2) $5 million to pilot Family Connects, a nurse home visiting program for all parents of newborns, in six counties, including two counties with less than 500 births annually, two counties with 500 to 2,000 births annually, and two counties with greater than 2,000 births annually, with priority in counties that have already implemented the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program.
Allows the Partnership to use 2% of the funds for program evaluation. Specifies that appropriated funds are not subject to the legislative requirements of the total amount allocated to the Partnership, nor are the funds subject to the child care services funding requirements, child care subsidy expansion requirements, or the specified match requirements.
Requires the Partnership to report on the success of the comprehensive early literacy initiative to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services by March 1, 2018.
Effective July 1, 2017.
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