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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 340

February Session, 2014

 

LCO No. 1485

 

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Referred to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS

 

Introduced by:

 

(APP)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING A TWO-GENERATIONAL SCHOOL READINESS PLAN.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The executive director of the Office of Early Childhood shall establish a two-generational school readiness plan to promote long-term learning and economic success for low income families by addressing intergenerational barriers to school readiness and workforce readiness with high-quality preschool, intensified workforce training and targeted education, coupled with related support services. Such plan shall include recommendations for: (1) Promoting and prioritizing access to high-quality preschool for three and four-year-old children who are living at seventy-five per cent of the federal poverty level; (2) providing the parents of such children with (A) the opportunity to acquire their high school diplomas, (B) adult education, and (C) technical skills to increase their employability and sustainable employment; and (3) funding for implementation of the plan, including, but not limited to, use of the temporary assistance for needy families program and other federal, state and private funding.

(b) On or before December 1, 2014, the executive director shall report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to children, education, workforce development and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, on the plan.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To promote long-term learning and economic success for low income families by addressing intergenerational barriers to school readiness and workforce readiness.

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