THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2020
Senator Michelle N. Kidani, Chair
Senator Donna Mercado Kim, Vice-Chair
MEASURES DEFERRED TO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Conference Room 229
415 South Beretania Street
DECISION MAKING ON THE
Status and Testimony
RELATING TO ACCESS TO LEARNING.
Requires parents or guardians of public school and charter school
kindergarten students to disclose information on the student's prior child
care program or prekindergarten attendance, if any, for the purpose of determining
areas having the highest need for prekindergarten and child care programs.
Requires assessment of public school and charter school kindergarten
students. Removes public charter school prekindergarten programs from the
administrative authority of the Executive Office on Early Learning.
Establishes the preschool open doors special fund. Expands Preschool Open
Doors Program eligibility from 4-year-old children to all children who are 3-
to 4-years old who are in the 2 years prior to kindergarten entry. Requires
annual reporting regarding the revenues and expenditures of the early
learning special fund. Establishes a program for the Department of Human
Services to award grants for preschools. Appropriates funds and authorizes
positions for the Preschool Open Doors Program. Appropriates funds for the
Department of Human Services to expand its information technology system for
the purpose of managing information on prekindergarten attendance and child
care need and to contract for and operate preschool and child care programs.
Establishes the Early Learning Coordinator position within the Office of the
Governor. Establishes the goal of providing all children who are 3 to 4
years old who are in the 2 years prior to kindergarten entry with enrollment
in a preschool program by the year 2030 and assigns that responsibility to
the Early Learning Coordinator. Appropriates funds to the University of
Hawaii for building classrooms for Hawaiian language immersion
pre-kindergarten programs. Appropriates funds for building early learning
services classrooms on public library property. Appropriates funds. (HB2543
No testimony will be accepted.
FOR AMENDED NOTICES: Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and
measures that have been added are underscored. If a measure is both
underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the
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