PA 08-85—HB 5824

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACCREDITATION OF SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMS

SUMMARY: By law, the State Department of Education (SDE) may not provide funding to school readiness providers that first entered into a contract with a town to provide programs (1) on or before January 1, 2004 and were not accredited as of January 1, 2007 and (2) after January 1, 2004 and are or were not accredited within three years of that date. This act allows the education commissioner to extend these deadlines, as long as:

1. SDE conducts an on-site assessment of the program before the extension and keeps a report of the assessment in a uniform commissioner-prescribed manner that includes the conditions necessary for accreditation;

2. the program is licensed by the Department of Public Health; (PA 08-170 restricts this condition to programs that require department licensing under the public health statutes).

3. the program has a corrective action plan prescribed and monitored by the commissioner; and

4. the program meets any other conditions the commissioner determines.

By law, “accredited” means (1) accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children or a Head Start on-site program review instrument or (2) otherwise meeting criteria established by the education commissioner in consultation with the social services commissioner. The act also specifies that this definition applies unless the context requires otherwise, for example, where the statutes reference accredited higher education institutions.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2008

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