OLR Bill Analysis

SB 873

AN ACT CONCERNING A TWO-GENERATIONAL INITIATIVE.

SUMMARY

This bill expands the two-generational school readiness and workforce development pilot program to additional communities as an ongoing statewide initiative. Under current law, the pilot must be located in Bridgeport, Colchester, Greater Hartford (defined as Hartford, East Hartford, and West Hartford), Meriden, New Haven, and Norwalk and is set to expire on July 1, 2017. Under the bill, the initiative must be implemented in sites that generally include those specified under current law, except for Colchester and the addition of Enfield, Waterbury, and Windham.

It requires the initiative to (1) leverage interagency funds, including temporary assistance for needy families (TANF) block grant funds and services that provide households with the tools and skills to overcome obstacles and engage opportunities and (2) align existing state and local support systems around the household. The bill also makes several changes to the program's required components and reports.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2017

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Objectives

By law, the pilot must (1) foster economic self-sufficiency in low-income households and (2) serve as a blueprint for a statewide two-generation school readiness and workforce development model. Current law directs the program to accomplish this through the delivery of academic and job readiness support services across two generations in the same household. The bill retains these program objectives and directs the statewide initiative to achieve them by serving as a platform and promoting systemic change to create conditions across agencies and the private sector to support two-generational success.

Components

The bill makes several changes to the program's required components. Current law requires the program to develop a long-term plan to adopt a two-generational model to deliver specified support services (e.g., early learning programs, adult education, and child care). The bill instead requires that the plan's model coordinate and align the delivery of such services. It also requires that this plan include all state incentives, rather than just grants, for private entities that develop two-generational programming.

Current law requires the program to include partnerships between state and national philanthropic organizations to provide technical assistance in the phase-in and design of model two-generational programs and practices, an evaluation plan, and statewide replication and implementation of the program. The bill instead requires that these partnerships provide support, technical assistance, guidance, and best practices.

The bill also eliminates the requirement that the program include a workforce liaison to gauge the needs of employers and households in communities and help coordinate the program to meet those needs.

Interagency Working Group Report

By law, an interagency working group oversees the program and includes legislators, executive branch officials, representatives of the nonprofit and other sectors, and members of low-income households. Under current law, program site coordinators and organizations serving as fiduciaries must report each quarter to the working group. The bill instead requires the program site coordinators alone to report annually no later than 90 days after the end of the fiscal year. It requires the report to (1) be the only required report to all involved agencies and (2) include program outcomes and information on any expended state funds.

Legislative Report

Current law required the working group to report to the Education, Housing, Human Services, Public Health, Transportation, and Appropriations committees by January 1, 2017 on:

1. the parent-informed strategies selected for success;

2. the challenges and opportunities in working with a parent and child concurrently to promote school and workforce success;

3. the changes in policy, program, budget, or communications at the local and state levels to achieve the program's goals;

4. (a) child, parent, and family outcomes in areas of school readiness and success and (b) workforce readiness, work success, and family support outcomes, as determined in consultation with state and national evaluators;

5. the program's cost in both state and private dollars; and

6. recommendations to expand the program to additional communities statewide.

The bill makes the reporting requirement annual, beginning by January 15, 2018, and requires it to include:

1. the strategies selected for success;

1. the challenges and opportunities in working with a parent and child concurrently in a two-generational service delivery model;

2. the changes in systems, policy, program, budget, or communications among agencies and service providers at the local and state levels to achieve the two-generational outcomes;

3. parent-informed child, parent, and household outcomes in areas of school readiness and success, as determined by the group; and

4. recommendations on the elimination of barriers to promote two-generational success.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/16/2017)