SCHOENBERG, BOLAND, HAMOS, GASH, DART, SCULLY,
BELLOCK, SHARP, FRITCHEY, SCOTT, MCKEON, LOPEZ, BLACK,
BASSI, WINTERS, OSTERMAN, MAUTINO, DAVIS,MONIQUE,
SCHMITZ, PERSICO, WOJCIK, SAVIANO, NOVAK, MATHIAS AND MCGUIRE.
GREAT START PROGRAM
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the Department of Human Services Act. Provides that
beginning October 1, 2000, the Department of Human Services shall
operate a Great START (Strategy To Attract and Retain Teachers)
program to improve children's educational outcomes in child care by
encouraging increased professional preparation by staff and staff
retention. Provides that the Department shall provide wage supplements
to licensed child care center personnel, licensed family day care home
personnel, and licensed group day care home personnel, paying
increasing amounts for higher levels of educational attainment beyond
minimum qualifications and recognizing longevity of employment.
Provides that the Department shall convene an advisory commission to
make recommendations on the components of the Great START program.
Provides that the Department shall evaluate the Great START program
and submit a report to the General Assembly by December 31, 2002.
HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the
bill as introduced with the following changes. Provides that the
Great START program may include incentives other than wage
supplements. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall
convene a working committee of its standing Child and Development
Advisory Council rather than an advisory commission to make
recommendations on the components of the Great START program.
Provides that various department heads shall be included in the
working committee when necessary. Makes other changes. Retains the
immediate effective date.
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Provides a termination date of July 1, 2004 for the Great START
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 91-0831
Last action date: 00-06-15
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 1 SENATE - 1
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