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C9D0D719ED3F4B3E8725847900677F19 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For BILL DRAFT REQUESTS

INTERIM COMMITTEE  EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL READINESS
Date Sep 18, 2019      
Location SCR 357



Bill Draft Requests - Committee Discussion Only


12:50:29 PM  
Jane Ritter, Office of Legislative Legal
Services, and Anna Gerstle, Legislative Council Staff, reviewed the process
to request bills drafts.  They answered questions from the commission.
12:55:10 PM  
The commission discussed ideas for bill
drafts.  Representative Sirota presented a request to draft a bill
to look comprehensively at education and career pathways and strategies
to support early childhood educators and providers.  She suggested
six areas to explore, including increasing the number of credentialed early
childhood teachers; increasing funding for people pursuing credentials
in early childhood education; identifying and recruiting mentor teachers;
streamlining credentials between early childhood education and K-12 licensure;
expanding apprenticeships; and streamlining requirements and paperwork
for child care centers.


01:00:41 PM
Motion Draft bill on early childhood education career pathways.
Moved Sirota
Seconded
Court
Hill Absent
McCluskie
Wilson
Sirota
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  1   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:00:41 PM  
Representative McCluskie discussed two
bill draft ideas.  The first is to include the early childhood mental
health consultant structure into statute by defining what the structure
looks like, expanding the number of early childhood mental health consultants,
determining the necessary credentialing and expertise, and focusing on
data, outcomes, and evaluation for such a program.  Representative
McCluskie answered questions.


01:13:47 PM
Motion Draft bill on defining and expanding the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Program.
Moved McCluskie
Seconded
Court
Hill Absent
McCluskie
Wilson
Sirota
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  1   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:13:48 PM  
Representative McCluskie explained her
second bill draft request to incentivize early child care providers to
move from a level one or two in the Colorado Shines system into a level
three, four, or five, and helping those providers currently rated level
three, four, or five maintain their quality and rating.  She answered
questions.  Kristi Koltiska, Executive Director of the Early Childhood
Education Association of Colorado, came to the table to answer questions.



01:23:03 PM
Motion Draft bill on incentivizing quality in early childhood education and care providers.
Moved McCluskie
Seconded
Court
Hill Absent
McCluskie
Wilson
Sirota
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  1   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:23:05 PM  
Representative Wilson presented a bill
draft request to provide outreach and information on available early child
care resources to people in Family, Friend, and Neighbor care networks
(FFNs).  He answered questions from the commission members.



01:41:27 PM
Motion Draft bill establishing the HOME Act.
Moved Wilson
Seconded
Court
Hill Absent
McCluskie
Wilson
Sirota
Story
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  1   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection