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2019 IN S 338
Author: Melton
Version: As Reported by Committee
Version Date: 01/24/2019

January 25, 2019

SENATE BILL No. 338

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DIGEST OF SB 338 (Updated January 23, 2019 5:19 pm - DI 110)

Citations Affected: IC 12-17.2.

Synopsis: Prekindergarten pilot program eligibility. Amends requirements for eligibility for the prekindergarten pilot program (program) to include an eligible child who resides with: (1) a parent or guardian who is: (A) disabled and unable, as a result of the disability, to work or attend job training or an educational program;_or (B) absent, for a limited period of time, from working or attending a job training or an education program as a result of an illness or caring for a family member;_or (2) the eligible child's grandparent or great-grandparent. (Current law requires that, to be eligible for the program, an eligible child reside with a parent or guardian who is working, attending job training or an educational program, or actively seeking employment.) Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services may not implement or continue to implement these new eligibility requirements if implementing or continuing to implement the provisions would result in the state losing federal funds under the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grant program. Removes a provision specifying that priority under the program may be given to an eligible child if a parent or guardian of the eligible child is: (1) involved in activities that improve the parent's or guardian's education;_or (2) involved in job training.

Effective: July 1, 2019.

Melton, Raatz, Kruse, Stoops

January 8, 2019, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career Development.

January 24, 2019, amended, reported favorably -- Do Pass.

January 25, 2019

First Regular Session of the 121st General Assembly (2019)

SENATE BILL No. 338

A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning education.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SECTION 1. IC 12-17.2-7.2-7.2, AS ADDED BY P.L.184-2017, SECTION 21, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019]: Sec. 7.2. (a) For an eligible child to qualify for a grant under this chapter, the eligible child must reside with:

(1) a parent or guardian who is:

(1) (A) working or attending a job training or an educational program; or

(2) (B) actively seeking employment, subject to the approval by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as provided in 45 CFR 98.21;

(C) disabled and unable, as a result of the disability, to work or attend job training or an educational program; or

(D) absent, for a limited period of time, from working or attending a job training or an education program as a result of an illness or caring for a family member; or

(2) the eligible child's grandparent or great-grandparent.

(b) Before the office may award a grant to an eligible child under this chapter, the office shall require that a parent or guardian of the eligible child agree to the following:

(1) The eligible child will attend the prekindergarten program of an eligible provider selected by the parent or guardian for the full duration of the prekindergarten program year.

(2) The parent or guardian will not transfer to another prekindergarten program during the prekindergarten program year.

(3) The eligible child will attend the prekindergarten program at least eighty-five percent (85%) of the days that the prekindergarten program is provided.

(4) The parent or guardian will allow the eligible child to participate in an external evaluation conducted by researchers, including the kindergarten readiness assessment and measuring of developmental and academic progress.

(5) The parent or guardian will participate in family engagement and involvement activities offered by the selected prekindergarten program, including meetings with the eligible child's teacher to discuss the eligible child's progress or any other conference concerning the eligible child that is requested by the eligible provider.

(6) The parent or guardian will complete the necessary forms for the eligible child to receive a student test number from the department of education.

(7) The parent or guardian will send the eligible child to kindergarten.

(8) The parent or guardian will read to the eligible child each week.

(9) Any other condition the office determines is appropriate.

(c) Priority may be given to an eligible child under this section if a parent or guardian of the eligible child is:

(1) involved in activities that improve the parent's or guardian's education; or

(2) involved in job training.

(c) The office may not implement or continue to implement subsection (a)(1)(C), (a)(1)(D), or (a)(2) if implementing or continuing to implement subsection (a)(1)(C), (a)(1)(D), or (a)(2) would result in the state losing federal funds under the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grant program. However, the office shall apply for any available waivers under the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) grant program concerning the implementation of subsection (a)(1)(C), (a)(1)(D), or (a)(2).


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