Text: H.R.3782 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/08/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3782


To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to encourage the implementation or expansion of prekindergarten programs for students 4 years of age or younger.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 8, 2009

Ms. Norton introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to encourage the implementation or expansion of prekindergarten programs for students 4 years of age or younger.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Universal Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Education Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Use of community learning center funds for prekindergarten programs.

Section 4205 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7175) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c); and

(2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following:

“(b) Prekindergarten programs.—

“(1) AUTHORIZATION.—In addition to the activities authorized under subsection (a), a local educational agency that receives an award under this part may use the award for educational activities for children 4 years of age or younger if the agency agrees to phase in, where possible, a prekindergarten program.

“(2) DEFINITION.—For purposes of this subsection, the term ‘prekindergarten program’ means a program that—

“(A) provides a prekindergarten curriculum in classrooms at public elementary schools for students 4 years of age or younger; and

“(B) is taught by teachers who possess equivalent or similar qualifications to those of teachers of other grades in the school involved.”.