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SF 4337

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/17/2020 12:13pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to child care; establishing a grant program for family, friend, and neighbor
child care; appropriating money.

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

Section 1. new text beginFAMILY, FRIEND, AND NEIGHBOR GRANT PROGRAM.
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new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Establishment. new text end

new text begin A family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) grant program is
established to promote children's social emotional learning and healthy development, early
literacy, and school readiness, and to foster community partnerships to promote children's
school readiness. The commissioner of health must make grants available to fund:
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new text begin (1) community health boards, local or regional libraries, community-based organizations,
nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes working with FFN caregivers under subdivision
2; and
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new text begin (2) community-based partnerships to implement early literacy programs under subdivision
3.
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new text begin The commissioner must attempt to ensure that grants under subdivision 2 and subdivision
3 are made in all areas of the state.
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new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Grants to work with FFN caregivers. new text end

new text begin (a) Grants awarded by the commissioner
under this paragraph may be used by community health boards, local or regional libraries,
community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes working with
FFN caregivers in local communities, cultural communities, and Indian tribes to:
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new text begin (1) provide training, support, and resources to FFN caregivers in order to improve and
promote children's health, safety, nutrition, and school readiness;
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new text begin (2) connect FFN caregivers and children's families with appropriate community resources
that support the families' physical and mental health, and economic and developmental
needs;
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new text begin (3) connect FFN caregivers and children's families to early childhood screening programs
and facilitate referrals where appropriate;
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new text begin (4) provide FFN caregivers and children's families with information about early learning
guidelines from the Departments of Human Services and Education;
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new text begin (5) provide FFN caregivers and children's families with information about becoming a
licensed family child care provider; and
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new text begin (6) provide FFN caregivers and children's families with information about early learning
allowances and enrollment opportunities in high quality, community-based child care and
preschool programs.
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new text begin (b) Grants that the commissioner awards under paragraph (a) also may be used for:
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new text begin (1) social emotional learning, health and safety, and early learning kits for FFN caregivers;
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new text begin (2) play and learn groups with FFN caregivers;
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new text begin (3) culturally appropriate early childhood training for FFN caregivers;
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new text begin (4) transportation for FFN caregivers and children's families to school readiness and
other early childhood training activities;
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new text begin (5) other activities that promote school readiness;
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new text begin (6) data collection and evaluation;
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new text begin (7) staff outreach and outreach activities;
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new text begin (8) translation needs; or
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new text begin (9) administrative costs that equal up to five percent of the recipient's grant award.
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new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Grants for early literacy programs. new text end

new text begin Grants awarded by the commissioner
under this subdivision must be used to fund existing or new partnerships between community
health boards, local or regional library systems, community-based organizations, nonprofit
organizations, or Indian tribes to implement early literacy programs in low-income
communities, including tribal communities, to:
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new text begin (1) purchase and equip early childhood reading- and math-mobiles that provide FFN
caregivers and children's families with books, training, and early literacy activities;
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new text begin (2) provide FFN caregivers and children's families with translations of early childhood
books, training, and early literacy activities in native languages; or
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new text begin (3) provide FFN caregivers and children's families with early literacy activities in local
libraries.
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new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Grant awards. new text end

new text begin Interested entities eligible to receive a grant under this section
may apply to the commissioner in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner. The
commissioner shall award grants to eligible entities consistent with the requirements of this
section.
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new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Evaluation. new text end

new text begin The commissioner must evaluate the impact of the grants under
subdivisions 2 and 3 on children's school readiness, including, but not limited to, social
emotional learning indicators, and submit a written report to the legislative committees with
jurisdiction over health and human services and education finance and policy by February
1, 2022.
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Sec. 2. new text beginAPPROPRIATION; FAMILY, FRIEND, AND NEIGHBOR GRANT
PROGRAM.
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new text begin $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2021 is appropriated from the general fund to the commissioner
of health for purposes of awarding grants under section 1.
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