.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 3171, the delete everything amendment
(A14-0977), as follows:
Page 63, after line 2, insert:
"Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 124D.165, subdivision 1,
is amended to read:
Subdivision 1. Establishment; purpose.
There is established within the Office of
an early learning scholarships program in order to increase access to
high-quality early childhood programs for children ages three to five.
1.9EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective July 1, 2014.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 124D.165, subdivision 3, is
amended to read:
Subd. 3. Administration.
shall establish application
timelines and determine the schedule for awarding scholarships that meets operational
needs of eligible families and programs. The
applications on factors including family income, geographic location, and whether the
child's family is on a waiting list for a publicly funded program providing early education
or child care services.
Scholarships may be awarded up to $5,000 for each eligible child per year The
1.19director annually must establish average scholarship amounts based on current available
1.20market surveys of child care provider prices or other useful information. Average
1.21scholarship amounts must be proportionate across regions or counties and the director
1.22may adjust individual scholarship amounts to account for other assistance programs
1.23available to a child or the child's family. The director may increase by up to 15 percent
1.24the scholarship amount for children enrolled in a three-star Parent Aware rated program
1.25and may increase by up to 20 percent the scholarship amount for children enrolled in
2.1a four-star Parent Aware rated program so long as any increase added to the average
2.2scholarship amount does not exceed the actual program rate or tuition
(c) A four-star rated program that has children eligible for a scholarship enrolled in
or on a waiting list for a program beginning in July, August, or September may notify the
, in the form and manner prescribed by the
each year of the program's desire to enhance program services or to serve more children
than current funding provides. The
may designate a predetermined
number of scholarship slots for that program and notify the program of that number.
(d) A scholarship is awarded for a 12-month period. If the scholarship recipient has
not been accepted and subsequently enrolled in a rated program within ten months of the
awarding of the scholarship, the scholarship cancels and the recipient must reapply in
order to be eligible for another scholarship. A child may not be awarded more than one
scholarship in a 12-month period.
(e) A child who receives a scholarship who has not completed development
screening under sections
must complete that screening within 90
days of first attending an eligible program.
2.17EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2013 Supplement, section 124D.165, subdivision 4, is
amended to read:
Subd. 4. Early childhood program eligibility.
(a) In order to be eligible to accept
an early childhood education scholarship, a program must:
(1) participate in the quality rating and improvement system under section
July 1, 2016,
have a three- or four-star rating satisfy the director
2.25of its ongoing commitment to participate
in the quality rating and improvement system.
(b) After July 1, 2016, the director may determine that a program not participating in
2.27the quality rating and improvement system is eligible to participate if:
2.28(1) the program provider cites a hardship or special circumstance to indicate why
2.29the program is not yet rated; or
2.30(2) the director determines through a separate evaluation or review that the program
2.31is eligible to participate.
Any program accepting scholarships must use the revenue to supplement and not
supplant federal funding."
Page 63, line 5, strike "commissioner" and insert "director
Page 63, line 9, delete "commissioner
" and insert "director
Renumber the sections in sequence and correct the internal references
Amend the title accordingly