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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

H. B. 4065

(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss, and Delegate TrumpDelegates Name)

[By Request of the Executive]

(Originating in the Committee on CommitteeEducation)


[February 20Month and Day, 2002]


A BILL to amend article twenty-six, chapter fiveBill Title of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated section seven, relating to a comprehensive study of early childhood care and education services; making certain findings and expressing intent of section; providing for commission on early childhood care and education; specifying duties and reporting. Title Language

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article twenty-six, chapter fiveBill TitleEnacting Section of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section seven, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 26. GOVERNOR'S CABINET ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES.
§5-26-7. Comprehensive study of early childhood care and education services.

(a) The Legislature finds that recent research on brain development shows a clear link between the quality of early childhood care and educational experiences and the future social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children, resulting in improved high school completion, post-secondary attainment and workforce participation. The Legislature further finds that early childhood care and education services in the state are currently being provided through diverse sources, including, but not limited to, parents and family members, regulated and unregulated private day care providers, employer supported day care, family literacy programs, head start, even start and public school preschool programs, which derive funds through a variety of means. Therefore, it is the intent of this section to establish a comprehensive body of knowledge that will enable policy-makers to make informed decisions on the development and implementation of systematic improvements in early childhood care and education services to meet the diverse needs of children and families in the state.
(b) There is hereby established a commission on early childhood care and education comprised of fifteen members as follows: The executive director of the governor's cabinet on children and families, who shall chair the commission; the secretary of health and human resources; the state superintendent of schools; the president of the West Virginia head start association; the chair of the governor's council on literacy; five members of the Senate, appointed by the President; and five members of the House of Delegates, appointed by the Speaker. Members of the commission who are not state employees or legislative members shall be entitled to reimbursement for expenses from appropriations to the governor's cabinet on children and families. The other members shall be entitled to reimbursement for expenses in accordance with the rules of their respective agencies or bodies, including the rules for legislative compensation. The commission shall utilize existing staff of the governor's cabinet on children and families and other represented agencies.
(c) The commission shall meet at the capitol during the legislative interims and may meet at such other times as it deems necessary. The commission shall develop an index of all early childhood care and education programs in the state, their governing or ownership structure, type of services offered, primary clientele and sources of funding. The commission shall conduct research on the success of various approaches to improving the quality of early childhood care and education services and shall develop a strategic plan for improving said services in the state, which plan shall address the following goals: Maximizing the use of federal funds before state funds are spent; emphasizing collaboration to limit unnecessary duplication and administrative costs; strengthening public and private sector partnerships; developing a single point of contact and referral for quality early childhood care and education information and programs; and building the capacity of parents and primary care-takers to provide quality early childhood care and educational experiences for their children.
(d) The commission on early childhood care and education shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committees on finance and education during the January, two thousand three, legislative interims and shall make such status reports to any subcommittees of these committees as may be requested prior to said date.

§5-26-7 is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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