2016 ECE Policy Tracker

We believe that narrowing the achievement gap and preparing all children to succeed begins long before students enter a classroom. Building and using coordinated state early care and education (ECE) data systems will improve the quality of ECE programs and the early childhood workforce, increase access to high-quality ECE programs, and ultimately improve child outcomes. The ECDC provides tools and resources to encourage state policy changes, and provides a national forum to support the development and use of coordinated state ECE data systems.

To keep stakeholders informed, we have compiled legislative updates from 2016 related to ECE data systems and governance. This list of enacted bills was compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, an ECDC partner, through its Early Care and Education Bill Tracking Database, which tracks and updates early care and education legislation for 50 states and the territories. This compilation is intended to provide an overview of significant legislation and may not represent a comprehensive list of state budget appropriations bills or bills with technical changes. For more detailed information on the bills listed, visit the Database website.

CA AB 2036 2016 Requires any online child care job posting service that provides information about non-licensed potential child care providers to include specific information regarding the Trustline registry on its website. (Trustline is California’s official background check for license-exempt child care providers that have cleared background check.) Requires any online job posting service to include a statement on its website regarding a parent’s right to information on background checks and inspections and monitoring. Requires information about the background check and the background check provider. Imposes a fine for violations and civil penalties.
CA AB 2799 2016 Creates the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act. Prohibits the operator of an internet website, online service, online application, or mobile application that is designed, marketed, and used for preschool or pre-kindergarten purposes to knowingly engage in specified activities. These include engaging in targeted advertising, amassing a student profile, or selling or disclosing student information with respect to their site, service, or application. The bill also requires an operator to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices.
FL HB 7053 2016 Adds the Office of Early Learning to the list of departments that can use the Central Abuse Hotline and the automated abuse information system as part of the licensure or registration process for providers of school readiness services. This bill revises current statutory provisions relating to the School Readiness program by increasing health and safety standards, expanding requirements for employment history checks and child care personnel background screenings, and expanding availability of child care information, including inspection and monitoring reports. It also expands child care and School Readiness provider standards to include preservice and in-service training requirements and appropriate group size and staff-to-child ratios, and aligns child eligibility criteria to the federal requirements. The bill requires the Department of Health to maintain a clearinghouse of information for parents and health care providers and to increase public awareness of developmental evaluation and early intervention programs. The Office of Early Learning will develop and implement strategies to increase the supply and improve the quality of child care and establish pre-service and in-service training requirements.
IA SB 2324 2016 Appropriates $500,000 for the development of an integrated data system for maternal health, child health, oral health, and family planning. It also funds the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, the Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success – Healthy Families Iowa program, the School-Based Dental Sealant Program, and the 1st Five program.
LA SB 109 2016 Requires confidentiality for all applications for assistance and information contained in case records of child care assistance clients of the Department of Education. Also makes it unlawful for any person to solicit, disclose, receive, make use of, authorize, knowingly permit, participate in, or acquiesce in the use of applications or client case records or the information contained therein for any purpose not directly connected with the administration of department programs.
MD HB 657 2016 Allows the administration of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten assessments. Requires that statewide assessments be limited to a representative sample of students from within each local school system, and allows for the evaluation of certain skills, knowledge and development.
MN SB 3208 2016 Creates a legislative task force on child care to review the shortage of child care providers in the state, assess affordability issues for providers and parents, and identify areas that need to be addressed by the legislature. The task force may be required to review the current pre-service and in-service training requirements for family child care providers and child care center staff, the availability of training, and the time it takes for the department to provide Child Care Assistance Program reimbursement to providers.
MO SB 607 2016 Requires the Department of Social Services to procure and enter into a competitively bid contract to provide verification of initial and ongoing eligibility data for assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, child care assistance program and MO HealthNet program. The contractor will conduct quarterly eligibility data matches using the name, date of birth, address and Social Security number of each recipient and check monthly for any program participants who have died, moved out of state, or have been incarcerated longer than 90 days. The contractor, upon completing an eligibility data verification, will notify the department of the results.

Establishes a Joint Committee on Public Assistance tasked with studying, monitoring and reviewing the efficacy of the public assistance programs within the state; determining the level and adequacy of resources needed to continue and improve public assistance programs within the state; and developing recommendations to the general assembly on the public assistance programs within the state and on promoting independence from safety net programs among participants as appropriate. The information collected by the committee will be used to project enrollment growth, budgetary matters, and trends in childhood poverty and hunger.

NH HB 1145 2016 Establishes a committee to study suspensions and expulsions of children in licensed pre-schools and in kindergarten through grade 3. The study will identify the incidence, frequency, and reasons for suspensions and expulsions by school district.
NY AB 9902 2016 Codifies the Early Childhood Advisory Council to promote a comprehensive and high-quality early childhood system; identify opportunities for collaboration and coordination among federally and state-funded child development, child care, and early childhood education programs and services; and develop recommendations regarding the establishment of a unified data collection system for public early childhood education and development programs and services throughout the state.
OK SB 1211 2016 The Department of Human Services, in consultation with the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, will appoint advisory committees of representatives of child care facilities and others to recommend minimum requirements and desirable standards to be disseminated by the Department. The four committees will represent all categories of facilities licensed by the Department: the Residential Children’s Services subcommittee, the Child Care Centers subcommittee, the Child Care Homes subcommittee, and the Quality Rating and Improvement System subcommittee.
RI HB 7220 2016 Establishes the Rhode Island Family Home Visiting Act. Requires the Department of Health to coordinate the system of early childhood home visiting services, implement a statewide home visiting system that uses evidence-based models proven to improve child and family outcomes, and implement a system to identify and refer families before the child is born or as early after the birth of a child as possible. Requires a state home visiting report to be made available electronically.
WA HB 1541 2016 Adds the Department of Social and Health Services to the list of departments working with the education data center to develop data-sharing and research agreements. Requires the Department of Early Learning, in collaboration with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, to create a community information and involvement plan to inform home-based, tribal, and family early learning providers of the Early Achievers program.
WA SB 5999 2016 Creates the Caseload Forecast Council, which calculates the entitlement caseloads for the State of Washington. This bill establishes membership for the council and dictates that the first forecast will identify the number of children eligible for, and the number of children actually served by the Early Childhood Education and Assistance program. These numbers will inform the development of the governor’s budget proposals.