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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2210 To reauthorize the Head Start Act to improve the school readiness of disadvantaged children, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 22, 2003 Mr. Castle (for himself, Mr. Boehner, Mr. Regula, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Isakson, Mr. McKeon, and Mr. Brown of South Carolina) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To reauthorize the Head Start Act to improve the school readiness of disadvantaged children, and for other purposes. 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 ``School Readiness Act of 2003''. TITLE I--HEAD START REAUTHORIZATION AND PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS SEC. 101. PURPOSE. Section 636 of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9831) is amended to read as follows: ``SEC. 636. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. ``It is the purpose of this subchapter to promote school readiness by enhancing the development of low-income children, including through educational instruction in prereading skills, premathematics skills, and language, and through the provision to low-income children and their families of health, educational, nutritional, social and other services that are determined, based on family needs assessments, to be necessary.''. SEC. 102. DEFINITIONS. Section 637 of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9832) is amended as follows: (1) In paragraph (17) by striking ``, but for fiscal year'' and all that follows down to the period. (2) By adding the following at the end thereof: ``(18) The term `eligible entities' means an institution of higher education or other agency with expertise in delivering training in early childhood development, family support, and other assistance designed to improve the delivery of Head Start services.''. SEC. 103. AUTHORIZATION. Section 639 of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9834) is amended to read as follows: ``SEC. 639. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. ``(a) In General.--There are authorized to be appropriated for carrying out the provisions of this subchapter $6,870,000,000 for the fiscal year 2004 and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2005 through 2008. ``(b) Specific Programs.--From the amount appropriated under subsection (a), the Secretary shall make available-- ``(1) not more than $7,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008 to carry out impact studies under section 649(g); and ``(2) not more than $13,000,000 for fiscal year 2004, and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2005 through 2008, to carry out other research, demonstration, and evaluation activities, including longitudinal studies, under section 649. ``(c) Administrative Expenses.--There are authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008 to assist participating States with the administrative expenses associated with implementing a program under section 643A.''. SEC. 104. ALLOTMENT OF FUNDS; LIMITATIONS ON ASSISTANCE. Section 640 of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9835) is amended as follows: (1) By striking clauses (ii) and (iii) of subsection (a)(2)(B). (2) By striking the last sentence of paragraph (2). (3) By amending subsection (a)(2)(C) to read as follows: ``(C) training and technical assistance activities that are sufficient to meet the needs associated with program expansion and to foster program and management improvement activities as described in section 648 of this title, in an amount for each fiscal year which is not less than one percent, and shall not exceed 2 percent, of the amount appropriated for such fiscal year, of which-- ``(i) not less than 50 percent shall be made available to local Head Start agencies to comply with the performance standards described in section 641A(a)(1), of which not less than 50 percent shall be used to comply with the performance standards described in section 641A(a)(1)(B) and for the uses described in subparagraph (a)(3)(B)(iii), (a)(3)(B)(iv), and (a)(3)(B)(vii); ``(ii) not less than 30 percent shall be made available to support a State system of early childhood education training and technical assistance; ``(iii) not less than 20 percent shall be made available to the Secretary to assist local programs to meet the performance standards described in 641A(a)(1); and ``(iv) not less than $3,000,000 of the amount in clause (iii) appropriated for such fiscal year shall be made available to carry out activities described in section 648(d)(4);''. (4) In subsection (a)(3)(A)(i)(I) by striking ``1999'' and all that follows down to the semicolon and inserting ``2004 through 2008''. (5) In subsection (a)(3)(B)(i) by striking ``(a)(1)(A)'' and inserting ``(a)(1)''. (6) In subsection (a)(3)(B)(ii) by striking ``staff are'' and inserting ``staff is''. (7) In subsection (a)(3)(C) by redesignating clause (vi) as clause (vii) and inserting the following new clause after clause (v): ``(vi) To conduct outreach to homeless families in an effort to increase the program participation of eligible homeless children.''. (8) In subsection (a)(5)(B)-- (A) by striking ``may'' and inserting ``shall''; and (B) by inserting ``early childhood education'' after ``regarding''. (9) In subsection (a)(5)(C)-- (A) by striking ``A State'' and inserting ``In order to improve results for children, a State''; (B) by striking clauses (i), (ii), and (iii) and inserting: ``(i) appoint an individual to serve as the State collaborator between-- ``(I) the appropriate regional office of the Administration for Children and Families; ``(II) the State educational agency; ``(III) the State Department of Health and Human Services; ``(IV) the State agency that oversees child care; ``(V) the State agency that oversees children with developmental disabilities; ``(VI) the State Head Start Association; ``(VII) the State network of child care resource and referral agencies; ``(VIII) local educational agencies; ``(IX) community-based and faith- based organizations; ``(X) State migrant and seasonal Head Start associations; ``(XI) State Indian Head Start associations; ``(XII) State and local providers of early childhood education and child care; and ``(XIII) other entities carrying out programs serving low-income children and families in the State.''. ``(ii) ensure that the State collaborator holds a position with sufficient authority and access to ensure that the collaboration described in subparagraph (B) is effective and involves a range of State agencies; ``(iii) involve the entities described in section 640(a)(5)(C)(i) to develop a strategic plan for the coordinated outreach to identify eligible children and implementation strategies based on a needs assessment conducted by the Office of the State Collaborator;''; (C) by amending clause (v) to read as follows: ``(v) consult with the chief State school officer, local educational agencies, and representatives of local Head Start agencies in unified planning regarding early care and education services at both the State and local levels, including collaborative efforts to develop school readiness standards;''; and (D) by inserting the following new clause after clause (v) and redesignating clause (vi) as (vii): ``(vi) consult with the chief State school officer, local educational agencies, State child care administrators, State human services administrators, representatives of local resource and referral agencies, local early childhood councils, and other relevant state and local agencies, and representatives of the State Head Start Associations to plan for the provision of full-working-day, full calendar year early care and education services for children; and''. (10) By amending clause (i) of subsection (a)(5)(D) by inserting ``and providers of services supporting early childhood education and child care'' after ``Associations''. (11) By striking subsection (a)(6)(B). (12) By inserting the following before the period at the end of section 640(f): ``including models that leverage the existing capacity and capabilities of the delivery system of early childhood education and child care''. (13) By inserting the following after ``manner that will'' in section 640(g)(2)(G): ``leverage the existing delivery systems of such services and''. SEC. 105. DESIGNATION OF AGENCIES. Section 641 of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9836) is amended as follows: (1) In subsection (a) by inserting after ``community'' in the first place it appears ``any community-based or faith-based organization'' and by inserting ``(1)'' after ``(a)'' and by adding the following at the end thereof: ``(2) In order to be designated as a Head Start agency and to receive a grant under this subchapter, a grantee shall establish grantee-determined goals for improving the school readiness of children participating in a program under this subchapter, which shall include goals for-- ``(A) educational instruction in prereading, premathematical, and language skills; and ``(B) the provision of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services. ``(3) In order to receive a grant subsequent to the initial grant provided following the date of enactment of this subchapter, the grantee shall demonstrate that it has met the goals described in (2).'' (2) In subsection (c)(1) by striking ``unless'' through ``fails to meet'' and inserting ``that fulfills the''. (3) By striking paragraph (2) of subsection (c). (4) In subsection (d): (A) By inserting the following new paragraphs after paragraph (1): ``(2) the capacity of such applicant to serve eligible children with scientifically-based programs that promote school readiness of children participating in the program; ``(3) the plan of such applicant to meet standards set forth in section 641A(a)(1), with particular attention to the standards set forth in section 641A(a)(1)(B)(ii);''. (B) By striking paragraph (3) and redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (4) and in such paragraph (4), by striking ``to aid participating children in attaining their full potential'' and inserting ``prepare children to succeed in school''. (C) By inserting the following after paragraph (4) and redesignating existing paragraphs (4) through (10) as paragraphs (7) through (13): ``(5) the plan of such applicant to coordinate the Head Start program it proposes to carry out with other preschool programs, including Early Reading First and Even Start programs under title I, part B, subparts 1 and 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965; other preschool programs carried out under title I of the Act; programs under part C and section 619 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; State prekindergarten programs; and with the educational programs such children will enter at the age of compulsory school attendance; ``(6) the plan of such applicant to coordinate the Head Start program it proposes to carry out with private entities with resources available to assist the Head Start Program meet its program needs;''. SEC. 106. QUALITY STANDARDS; MONITORING OF HEAD START AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS. Section 641A of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9836a)) is amended as follows: (1) In subsection (a)(1)(B) by amending clause (ii) to read as follows: ``(ii) additional education standards to ensure that the children participating in the
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