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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 7155

January Session, 2017

 

LCO No. 4334

 

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Referred to Committee on EDUCATION

 

Introduced by:

 

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AN ACT REQUIRING THE OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD TO DEVELOP A PROPOSED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR COMPENSATION SCHEDULE.

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

Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) The Office of Early Childhood shall develop, after notice and opportunity for public comment, a proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule for employees of early childhood education programs (1) accepting state funds for infant, toddler and preschool spaces associated with such program's child care program or school readiness program, and (2) that meet the applicable staff qualifications requirement described in section 10-16p of the general statutes.

(b) The Office of Early Childhood shall consider the following factors in developing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule: (1) Level of education, (2) training in early childhood education or child development, (3) relevant employment experience, including the number of years an individual has been employed in an early childhood education program, (4) compensation levels for certified teachers employed in a preschool program operated by a local or regional board of education or regional educational service center, and (5) cost of living in the state.

(c) In developing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, the office may (1) incorporate the findings and recommendations provided in "A Plan to Assist Early Education State Funded Providers to Degree Attainment and Increased Compensation" created by the office, pursuant to section 4 of public act 15-134, to create a standardized salary scale and incentive package for early childhood educators, (2) utilize state and federal funding, and (3) examine existing programs that address early childhood educator compensation and staff retention through financial incentives, such as bonuses for degree or course completion.

(d) Not later than January 1, 2018, the office shall submit the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule and a report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to education and appropriations and the budgets of state agencies, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. Such report shall include: (1) Any recommendations for legislation relating to the implementation of the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, (2) an estimate of the cost of implementing the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule, (3) an analysis of the effect of the implementation of the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule on the number of available preschool seats, and (4) an explanation of how the proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule will be included in any quality rating and improvement system developed by the office, pursuant to subdivision (15) of subsection (b) of section 10-500 of the general statutes.

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

Section 1

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New section

Statement of Purpose:

To require the Office of Early Childhood to develop a proposed early childhood educator compensation schedule for early childhood educators that will help ensure the retention and recruitment of qualified educators, secure a standard of living that meets such educators' needs, and reflect the true costs associated with quality standards for early childhood care and education programs.

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