S.2304 - Tribal Early Childhood, Education, and Related Services Integration Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 11/18/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Indian Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 04/27/2016 Committee on Indian Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2304 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (11/18/2015)
Tribal Early Childhood, Education, and Related Services Integration Act of 2015
This bill amends the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a demonstration program to support tribal early childhood education demonstration projects. Funding for projects is through existing programs that have a purpose consistent with the purpose of the demonstration program. HHS may waive certain provisions of law, policy, or procedure related to the programs providing funding for projects.
Demonstration projects must be: (1) carried out by an Indian tribe, a tribal organization, or a consortium with a tribe or tribal organization as its primary member; (2) designed around new approaches that address tribal community needs and improve early childhood education and services; and (3) focused on Native culture, culturally based early childhood education, and related services.
HHS must make grants to demonstration projects to: (1) build or upgrade facilities for early childhood care and development, and (2) reimburse early childhood educators who fulfill a period of obligated service for costs associated with obtaining early childhood certification or credentials.This bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to revise federal student loan forgiveness and loan cancellation for teachers to increase the maximum amounts of loan forgiveness and cancellation that may be provided to early childhood teachers in programs operated by Indian tribes or serving a large percentage of Indian children. Cancellation of student loans for public service is expanded to include service in Indian prekindergarten, child care programs, or early childhood learning and development centers.