Text: H.R.3604 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (09/24/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3604


To establish a grant program to assist States to establish or expand universal prekindergarten in public schools and public charter schools.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 24, 2015

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


A BILL

To establish a grant program to assist States to establish or expand universal prekindergarten in public schools and public charter schools.

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 2015”.

SEC. 2. Universal Prekindergarten and Early Childhood Education grant program.

(a) Program authorization.—From amounts appropriated under section 3, the Secretary of Education is authorized to award grants, on a competitive basis, to States to pay the Federal share of establishing or expanding full-day prekindergarten programs.

(b) State application.—To receive a grant under this Act, a State shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c) Use of funds.—A State that receives a grant under this Act shall use such grant funds to establish or expand a prekindergarten program that, at a minimum—

(1) is located at a public school in the State;

(2) permits each 3- or 4-year-old child in the State to be voluntarily enrolled by the child’s parent, regardless of income, in the program at a school in which the child may be enrolled for kindergarten;

(3) is a full-day program that runs the length of the regular school year;

(4) is taught by teachers who possess equivalent or similar qualifications to the qualifications of teachers of other grades in the school involved; and

(5) meets any other criteria that the Secretary may require.

(d) Federal share.—The Federal share of a grant under this Act shall be not more than 80 percent of the costs of carrying out the activities described in subsection (c).

(e) Supplement not supplant.—Grant funds received under this Act shall be used to supplement and not supplant other Federal early childhood education funds in the State.

SEC. 3. Authorization of appropriations.

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act such sums as are necessary for fiscal years 2016 through 2021.

SEC. 4. Definitions.

In this Act:

(1) FULL-DAY.—The term “full-day” used with respect to a program, means a program with a minimum of a 6-hour schedule per day.

(2) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Education.

(3) STATE.—The term “State” has the meaning given the term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).

(4) PARENT.—The term “parent” has the meaning given the term in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).

(5) PUBLIC SCHOOL.—The term “public school” has the meaning given the term “elementary school” or “secondary school” in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801), except that the term does not include private schools.


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