OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1103

AN ACT CONCERNING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 12 $

FY 13 $

Education, Dept.

GF - Cost

Up to 300,000

Indeterminate

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

Section 1 of the bill eliminates the State Department of Education's (SDE) Office of Early Childhood Planning, Outreach, and Coordination. This is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact, as there was no money appropriated for this office in FY 12 and FY 13.

Additionally, Section 1 requires SDE to perform a statewide longitudinal evaluation of early childhood programs, in consultation with the Department of Social Services (DSS). The bill specifies that SDE implement this provision of the bill within available appropriations. However, if the bill were to be implemented the costs to SDE would be up to $300,000 in FY 12. It is estimated that SDE would require additional resources to establish a data system to collect data, to analyze the data, and to report on findings.

Section 2 makes changes to the membership of the Early Childhood Education Cabinet, which is not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.

Additionally, Section 2 transfers the responsibility for implementing an Early Childhood Education Information System and requirements for developing a communications outreach strategy from the Office of Early Childhood Planning to the Early Childhood Education Cabinet. The bill specifies that SDE implement this provision of the bill within available appropriations. However, if the bill were to be implemented there would be potential costs to SDE in FY 13. It is anticipated that the cabinet would require time to plan and discuss the most effective way to implement the information system. It is anticipated that additional resources would be required in FY 13, but the scope of those resources is indeterminate at this time.

The Out Years

There are no additional costs in the out years.