SCULLY-OSTERMAN-CURRY,JULIE-GARRETT-FOWLER, GASH AND DAVIS,MONIQUE.
VOL PREKINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the School Code. Requires the State Board of Education to
establish the Department of School Readiness and the Voluntary
Prekindergarten Program, to be administered by the Department.
Provides that the Program shall be offered free statewide to all
children who are residents of this State and who are 4 years of age on
or before September 1 of the school year. Provides that the
Department shall enter into partnership agreements with licensed child
care facilities and public and private schools to provide
prekindergarten classes under the Program. Provides for additional
services to children at-risk. Includes provisions concerning
requirements that a provider must comply with, curricula, funding,
resource coordinators, mandatory training, and local coordinating
councils. Effective immediately.
FISCAL NOTE (State Board of Education)
The fiscal impact of HB 4325 is difficult to determine because
the number of children who may attend a voluntary program is
unclear, the level of services and cost per child for this type
of program vary across similar programs, and the interaction
with existing Illinois programs and the federal Head Start Pro-
gram are unclear. ISBE assumes that at least 75% of the approx-
imate 180,000 children (135,000) that are 4 years of age will
attend and that the annual cost per child will be approximately
$6,000. Thus, the total cost of HB 4325 will be approximately
STATE MANDATES NOTE (State Board of Education)
Same as SBE fiscal note.
Last action on Bill: SESSION SINE DIE
Last action date: 01-01-09
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 0
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