STAND. COM. REP. NO 497

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                

 

RE:    S.B. No. 64

       S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committees on Human Services and Housing and Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 64, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to make appropriations for the preschool open doors program to fund three positions, for continued implementation of the program, and for subsidies for the program.

 

     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Human Services, Aloha United Way, Seagull Schools, Hawaii Association for the Education of Young Children, Olivet Baptist Preschool, PHOCUSED, State Early Learning Advisory Board, People Attentive to Children, YMCA of Honolulu, Family Programs Hawaii, Good Beginnings Alliance, Waianae Coast Early Childhood Services, and seven individuals.

 

     Your Committees find that the preschool open doors program is Hawaii's school readiness program and serves low to moderate income families whose children will be eligible for kindergarten in the following school year.  The program provides critical subsidies for income-eligible families sending their children to a licensed preschool during the year prior to kindergarten entry.

 

     Your Committees further find that the Department of Human Services expanded the preschool open doors program this fiscal year to cover nearly 1,300 of Hawaii's children.  Your Committees recognize that funding the program has short-term and long-term benefits for children, individuals, and society as a whole.  Your Committees note that the preschool open doors program is different than the Executive Office on Early Learning prekindergarten program that is proposed in S.B. No. 844 (Regular Session of 2015).

 

     Your Committees have amended this measure by inserting an appropriation amount of $440,000 for three positions and the continued implementation of the preschool open doors program.

 

     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Human Services and Housing and Education that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 64, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 64, S.D. 2, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Human Services and Housing and Education,

 

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MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair

 

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SUZANNE CHUN OAKLAND, Chair