Substitute for Raised H.B. No. 6686
Session Year 2023


To (1) amend school readiness programs by allowing children to become eligible at birth rather than age three, requiring grant awards every two years rather than annually, removing the requirement that rate increases be used exclusively for staff salaries and requiring that a written authorization signed by parents be filed with a school district upon agreement that a child will attend a school readiness program for another year rather than attend school; (2) remove the requirement that rate increases for child care centers be used exclusively for staff salaries; (3) amend the Smart Start program by removing the sunset date and by removing the requirement that programs in which fifty per cent or more of children are eligible for free or reduced priced lunches be given a priority for grants; (4) simplify and extend staff qualification requirements at state-funded child care programs and repeal the requirement to issue early childhood teacher credentials; (5) require the establishment of a two-tier income eligibility threshold for the child care subsidy program to comply with federal regulations; (6) allow the establishment of a parent cabinet; (7) rename "early childhood council" to "local early childhood collaborative"; (8) allow the Office of Early Childhood to order a medical examination during an investigation of a child care center, group child care home or family child care home; and (9) to allow the disclosure, without redaction, to a law enforcement officer, upon request, of the name of a person making a report or complaint and any records resulting from an investigation of a child care center, group child care home, family child care home or youth camp.

Introduced by:
Education Committee

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Co-sponsors for Amendment LCO:

Bill History

 Date Action Taken
 4/25/2023Referred by House to Committee on Appropriations
 4/4/2023(LCO)File Number 404
 4/4/2023House Calendar Number 267
 4/4/2023Favorable Report, Tabled for the Calendar, House
 4/4/2023(LCO)Reported Out of Legislative Commissioners' Office
 3/29/2023(LCO)Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis 04/03/23 5:00 PM
 3/20/2023(LCO)Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
 3/17/2023(ED)Joint Favorable Substitute
 2/17/2023Public Hearing 02/22
 2/15/2023Referred to Joint Committee on Education

Co-sponsors of HB-6686

Rep. Antonio Felipe, 130th Dist.

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