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108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 2363 To improve early learning opportunities and promote preparedness by increasing the availability of Head Start programs, to increase the availability and affordability of quality child care, to reduce child hunger and encourage healthy eating habits, to facilitate parental involvement, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 5, 2003 Ms. DeLauro (for herself, Mr. Cummings, Mrs. Jones of Ohio, Ms. Woolsey, Mr. McNulty, Mr. Owens, Mr. Sanders, Ms. Solis, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Pallone, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Waxman, Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas, Mr. Rodriguez, Mr. Frost, Ms. Lofgren, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Allen, and Mr. Brown of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, House Administration, Government Reform, and Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To improve early learning opportunities and promote preparedness by increasing the availability of Head Start programs, to increase the availability and affordability of quality child care, to reduce child hunger and encourage healthy eating habits, to facilitate parental involvement, 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; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Right Start Act of 2003''. (b) Table of Contents.--The table of contents of this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings. TITLE I--INVESTING IN HEAD START Sec. 101. Authorization of appropriations. TITLE II--IMPROVING THE AFFORDABILITY AND QUALITY OF CHILD CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES Sec. 201. Increase in funding for child care. Sec. 202. Clarification of authority of States to use TANF funds carried over from prior years to provide TANF benefits and services. TITLE III--FIGHTING CHILDHOOD HUNGER AND PROMOTING HEALTHY EATING HABITS Sec. 301. Short title. Sec. 302. Findings. Sec. 303. Definitions. Subtitle A--Training Grants Sec. 311. Grants to provide training for health profession students. Sec. 312. Grants to provide training for health professionals. Subtitle B--Local Grants Sec. 321. Grants to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Subtitle C--School Health Program Sec. 331. Establishment of a coordinated school health program. Sec. 332. National Center for Health Statistics. Subtitle D--Institute of Medicine Study Sec. 341. Study of the food supplement and nutrition programs of the Department of Agriculture. Subtitle E--Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Studies Sec. 351. Evidence report on weight reduction programs. Sec. 352. Health disparities report. Subtitle F--Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Sec. 361. Use of allotments. Subtitle G--Medicare Nutrition Therapy Demonstration Project Sec. 371. Demonstration project to reduce obesity and other chronic disease risks. Subtitle H--Overweight and Obesity Treatment and Prevention Demonstration Projects Sec. 381. Grants to local healthcare delivery systems. Subtitle I--Research on Obesity Sec. 391. Report on obesity research. Subtitle J--Youth Media Campaign Sec. 395. Grants and contracts for a national campaign to change children's health behaviors. Subtitle K--Sense of the Senate Sec. 399. Sense of the Senate concerning nutrition. TITLE IV--SUPPORTING SERVICES TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES THROUGH THE SOCIAL SERVICES BLOCK GRANT Sec. 401. Increase in funding. TITLE V--EXPANDING THE FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT Sec. 501. Short title. Sec. 502. Findings. Subtitle A--Family Income To Respond to Significant Transitions Sec. 511. Short title. Sec. 512. Purposes. Sec. 513. Definitions. Sec. 514. Demonstration projects. Sec. 515. Notification. Sec. 516. Evaluations and reports. Sec. 517. Authorization of appropriations. Sec. 518. Technical and conforming amendments. Subtitle B--Family Friendly Workplaces Sec. 521. Short title. Sec. 522. Coverage of employees. Subtitle C--Employment Protection for Battered Women Sec. 531. Entitlement to leave for addressing domestic violence for non-Federal employees. Sec. 532. Entitlement to leave for addressing domestic violence for Federal employees. Sec. 533. Existing leave usable for domestic violence. Subtitle D--Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Sec. 541. Short title. Sec. 542. Demonstration project. Sec. 543. Technical and conforming amendments. Sec. 544. Effective date. Subtitle E--Time for Schools Sec. 551. Short title. Sec. 552. General requirements for leave. Sec. 553. School involvement leave for civil service employees. Sec. 554. Effective date. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) Learning is an active process that begins at birth, is dependent on the existence of strong and stable relationships, is influenced by a child's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive capacities, and is shaped by a combination of biology and experience. (2) Before children reach the age of 2 years, measurable differentiation in their development and skills begins to appear. In the absence of intervention, that differentiation may increase over the preschool years. (3) Early childhood, which is the period in a child's life from birth through the age of 6 years, is a critical time for children to develop the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills they will need for the rest of their lives. Good nutrition and health care are essential to maximize the development process. (4) Young children receive care in a wide variety of settings. While 38 percent of young children receive care solely from their parents, the remaining 62 percent receive care through a variety of full-time and part-time arrangements, including by relatives, by nonrelatives (in a variety of home- based settings), and through center-based programs. (5) The cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children can be enhanced through parental involvement and high-quality early care, and developmentally appropriate early education activities. (6) Research indicates that successful academic achievement in education programs for children in kindergarten and grades 1 through 12 is linked to participation in high quality early care, including access to health care and nutrition, and early education activities. (7) The United States will be stronger now and in the future if the Nation invests in its children today. TITLE I--INVESTING IN HEAD START SEC. 101. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) In General.--Section 639(a) of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9834(a)) is amended by striking ``such sums'' and all that follows and inserting the following: ``$7,500,000,000 for fiscal year 2004, $8,290,000,000 for fiscal year 2005, $9,040,000,000 for fiscal year 2006, $9,890,000,000 for fiscal year 2007, and $10,890,000,000 for fiscal year 2008.''. (b) Conforming Amendments.-- (1) Reservations.--Paragraphs (1) and (3) of section 639(b) of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9834(b)) are amended by striking ``2003'' and inserting ``2008''. (2) Distribution.--Paragraphs (3)(A)(i)(I) and (6)(A) of section 640(a) of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9835(a)) are amended by striking ``fiscal year 2003'' and inserting ``each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008''. TITLE II--IMPROVING THE AFFORDABILITY AND QUALITY OF CHILD CARE FOR WORKING FAMILIES SEC. 201. INCREASE IN FUNDING FOR CHILD CARE. (a) Increase in Funding.--Section 418(a)(3) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 618(a)(3)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``and'' at the end of subparagraph (E); (2) by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (F) and inserting a semicolon; and (3) by adding at the end the following: ``(G) $3,717,000,000 for fiscal year 2004; ``(H) $4,217,000,000 for fiscal year 2005; ``(I) $4,917,000,000 for fiscal year 2006; ``(J) $5,617,000,000 for fiscal year 2007; and ``(K) $6,367,000,000 for fiscal year 2008.''. (b) Increase in Set Aside for Child Care Quality.--Section 658G of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858e) is amended by striking ``4 percent'' and inserting ``10 percent''. (c) Indian Tribes and Puerto Rico.-- (1) In general.--Section 418(a) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 618(a)) is amended by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following: ``(4) Amounts reserved.-- ``(A) Indian tribes.--The Secretary shall reserve 2 percent of the aggregate amount appropriated to carry out this section under paragraphs (3) and (5) for each fiscal year for payments to Indian tribes and tribal organizations for each such fiscal year for the purpose of providing child care assistance. ``(B) Puerto rico.--The Secretary shall reserve $10,000,000 of the amount appropriated under paragraph (3) for each fiscal year for payments to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico for each such fiscal year for the purpose of providing child care assistance.''. (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 1108(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1308(a)(2)) is amended by striking ``or 413(f)'' and inserting ``413(f), or 418(a)(4)(B)''. SEC. 202. CLARIFICATION OF AUTHORITY OF STATES TO USE TANF FUNDS CARRIED OVER FROM PRIOR YEARS TO PROVIDE TANF BENEFITS AND SERVICES. Section 404(e) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 604(e)) is amended-- (1) in the subsection heading, by striking ``Assistance'' and inserting ``benefits or services''; and (2) after the heading, by striking ``assistance'' and inserting ``any benefit or service that may be provided''. TITLE III--FIGHTING CHILDHOOD HUNGER AND PROMOTING HEALTHY EATING HABITS SEC. 301. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the ``Improved Nutrition and Physical Activity Act'' or the ``IMPACT Act''. SEC. 302. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) An estimated 61 percent of United States adults and 13 percent of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. (2) The prevalence of obesity and being overweight is increasing among all age groups. There are twice the number of overweight children and 3 times the number of overweight adolescents as there were 29 years ago. (3) An estimated 300,000 deaths a year are associated with being overweight or obese. (4) Obesity and being overweight are associated with increased risk for heart disease (the leading cause of death), cancer (the second leading cause of death), diabetes (the 6th leading cause of death), and musculoskeletal disorders. (5) Individuals who are obese have a 50 to 100 percent increased risk of premature death. (6) The Healthy People 2010 goals identify obesity and being overweight as one of the Nation's leading health problems and include objectives of increasing the proportion of adults who are at a healthy weight, reducing the proportion of adults who are obese, and reducing the proportion of children and adolescents who are overweight or obese. (7) Another goal of Healthy People 2010 is to eliminate health disparities among different segments of the population. Obesity is a health problem that disproportionally impacts medically underserved populations.
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