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S.F. No. 1832 - Early learning scholarship program modifications
Author: Senator Paul T. Anderson
Prepared By: Bjorn E. Arneson, Senate Analyst (651/296-3812)
Date: March 1, 2019


Section 1.  Program requirements.  Clarifies that formative measures for children in voluntary prekindergarten programs must be age-appropriate.

Sec. 2. Application process; priority for high priority schools. Divides the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts into separate regions for the purpose of identifying priority sites for the voluntary prekindergarten and school readiness plus programs.

Sec. 3. Family eligibility. Eliminates the need for parents to verify income for homeless children or children in need of protective services.

Sec. 4. Administration. Clarifies that children receiving early learning scholarships are required to receive an early learning developmental screening within 90 days of their third birthday, but not before, for those children who receive a scholarship at an earlier age.

Sec.5. Early childhood program eligibility. Strikes an obsolete provision that allowed the early learning scholarship pilot sites to participate in the statewide program prior to becoming rated through the state’s quality rating and improvement system.


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