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HF 5

1st Engrossment - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/25/2021 07:32pm

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A bill for an act
relating to early childhood education; appropriating money for grants to provide
early learning opportunities, educational supports, and services to children.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; SUMMER PRESCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WHO
ARE FOUR AND FIVE YEARS OF AGE.
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new text begin (a) $20,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the
commissioner of education for grants to provide high-quality early learning opportunities
to children who are four and five years of age by providing grant money to be used in a
three- or four-star-rated private preschool, a public preschool, or a public prekindergarten
in-person learning program.
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new text begin (b) Grant money of up to $4,800 per enrolled and attending student must be allocated
to children who need additional support, were four or five years of age on September 1,
2020, and have not yet attended kindergarten. Grant money must be used for applicable
program costs limited to tuition, transportation, food service, and interpreter or multilingual
student support costs.
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new text begin (c) Prioritization for program participation must take into consideration children who
qualify for free and reduced-price lunch and meet at least one of the following eligibility
categories, with the highest priority to children qualifying under multiple categories:
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new text begin (1) children in foster care, involved in the child protection system, experiencing
homelessness, tribally enrolled, or children of teenage parents; or
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new text begin (2) children who need or are currently receiving educational supports and services.
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new text begin (d) In order to qualify for a grant, a summer preschool program must:
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new text begin (1) offer a minimum of six instructional hours per day, for five days per week, for
between ten and 12 weeks;
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new text begin (2) continue to meet school year standards of school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten,
school readiness plus, Head Start, or three- or four-star Parent Aware rated programs; and
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new text begin (3) allow families to participate in a sliding fee scale for services if space permits.
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new text begin (e) Programs that qualify under paragraph (d) may apply for grant funding to the
commissioner in the form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. The application
must indicate the number of students that the program has the capacity to serve. The
commissioner must equitably distribute grant money across school-based, Head Start, and
community preschool and child care programs.
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new text begin (f) A program that receives grant money must report student information following the
criteria required under the applicable program type as determined by the commissioner.
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new text begin (g) Up to 0.5 percent of this appropriation is available for grant administration.
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new text begin (h) This is a onetime appropriation and is available until June 30, 2022.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
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