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Defeat House Bill 7119 because it destroys School Readiness Programs

• This Bill eliminates school age children from receiving school readiness funding even if they are related to children participating in the birth to five initiative. This would mean removing thousands of children ages 6-8 from care on June 30th and passing that cost onto low income parents.
• It eliminates the adoption by Office of Early Learning of a statewide monitoring tool for providers (this leaves little or no accountability for the provider to require they offer an early learning program and not just babysitting. Private corporations and big dollar investors will take our tax dollars!)
• It removes authority to implement a rating and improvement systems currently allowed in 411.01 and delineates exactly what we can spend our Quality funds on. It does not include Rating and Improvement systems!
• With this language there could be no spending of quality funds on quality rating programs. Which means childcare centers would not be held accountable for insuring our children are ready to learn when they get to public school.
• Children as early as three years old are developing dental and vision problems, but this bill places severe limitations on child screening leaving it up to the provider or parent to decide if a screening is needed. (This will result in missed opportunities to identify and intervene with special needs, dental, vision, hearing, speech, etc. We currently have authority to do a developmental and health screen on all School Readiness children…..we catch them early!)
• It eliminates the list of approved curricula and curricula review process ( leaves the selection of curriculum totally up to the provider w/no accountability that the curriculum they use actually addresses the state standards)
• This bill attempts to eliminate the volunteers who help advocate for our children and leaves their future up to business interested only in profits at the expense of our children’s future.


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