Head start program

Appropriates funds for the head start program. (HB563 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that recent neuroscience
 2 research demonstrates that the early years of a child are most
 3 crucial in a child's cognitive, emotional, social, and physical
 4 development, and affirmed that there are tremendous opportunities
 5 for preventive work with children and families as well as the
 6 predictable, costly consequences of not doing so.  
 7      A Rand Study released in April of 1998 proved that quality,
 8 early intervention and education programs improve children's
 9 subsequent academic achievement and can increase the likelihood
10 that the child will not grow up to lead a life of crime.  For
11 every dollar invested in early childhood education and care and
12 early intervention services for children from birth to five years
13 of age, it is estimated that $7 in later remediation and special
14 education services may be saved.
15      The legislature further finds that the head start program
16 provides an important service for the community by assisting low-
17 income preschool children prepare for the public school system
18 and also helps their parents secure and maintain employment.

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 1      The closure of the head start center in Kurtistown at the
 2 Jodo Mission on the Big Island, due to the discovery of high
 3 levels of lead in the building, has negatively impacted those
 4 parents whose children are eligible to attend school there.
 5 Since there are no other facilities available in the area, it is
 6 critical to replace the building to continue helping these
 7 children and parents.
 8      While operational funds are available from the federal head
 9 start program to implement a local program, funding is still
10 needed for a facility.  An appropriation of $270,000 would be
11 used to purchase a modular facility, which would house four head
12 start classrooms, and serve approximately eighty families per
13 year.
14      The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds for the head
15 start program.
16      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
17 revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1 or so much thereof
18 as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000 for the head start
19 program.
20      SECTION 3.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
21 office of community services for the purposes of this Act.
22      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.