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Rs 17:407.22 Legislative Findings And Intent

§407.22. Legislative findings and intent

A. The legislature finds and declares that:

(1) In order to significantly improve outcomes at all levels of the state's educational

system, it is imperative that standards for, and expectations of, our early childhood programs

be raised to levels that will promote kindergarten readiness and sustain lifelong learning and

achievement.

(2) Publicly funded early childhood programs should prioritize kindergarten

readiness and public monies should fund programs that excel at achieving high levels of

kindergarten readiness, or progression towards kindergarten readiness, as applicable for the

ages of children served.

(3) Parents who choose to send their children to publicly funded early childhood

programs should have clear and actionable information on the quality of the programs

available.

(4) Providers of publicly funded early childhood programs should be held

accountable for the public monies they receive but given the autonomy to implement an

educational program that promotes and achieves kindergarten readiness without undue

regulation.

(5) State entities involved in the oversight or provision of early childhood programs

should collaborate, set standards of educational achievement for young children that align

with standards established for children enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelve, and

hold providers of publicly funded early childhood programs accountable without imposing

undue regulation on such programs.

(6) There are high quality early childhood programs in this state that can serve as a

model for increasing standards of achievement and financial efficiency in publicly funded

early childhood programs.

(7) Publicly funded early childhood programs receive a significant amount of public

monies that can and should be maximized in pursuit of high quality early childhood

programs that achieve high levels of kindergarten readiness or progression towards

kindergarten readiness, as applicable for the ages of children served.

(8) Tax incentives created for the purpose of promoting high quality early childhood

programs should be awarded based on kindergarten readiness, or progression towards

kindergarten readiness, as applicable for the ages of children served.

(9) A fragmented system of standards, funding, and oversight of the state's publicly

funded early childhood programs serves as a barrier to providing every child with the high

quality services and programs which he deserves and to providing parents with the

information needed to make an informed choice when selecting the programs that best fit the

needs of their children.

B. It is the intent of the legislature that a comprehensive and integrated delivery

system for early childhood care and education be created to ensure that every child enters

kindergarten healthy and ready to learn.

Acts 2012, No. 3, §1, eff. April 18, 2012; Acts 2017, No. 97, §1.

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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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