| Home > 105th Congressional Bills > S. 2206 (is) To amend the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act ...
S. 2206 (is) To amend the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act ...
105th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2206 _______________________________________________________________________ AN ACT To amend the Head Start Act, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, and the Community Services Block Grant Act to reauthorize and make improvements to those Acts, to establish demonstration projects that provide an opportunity for persons with limited means to accumulate assets, 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 ``Community Opportunities, Accountability, and Training and Educational Services Act of 1998'' or the ``Coats Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998''. SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS. The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title. Sec. 2. Table of contents. TITLE I--HEAD START PROGRAMS Sec. 101. Short title. Sec. 102. References. Sec. 103. Statement of purpose. Sec. 104. Definitions. Sec. 105. Financial assistance for Head Start programs. Sec. 106. Authorization of appropriations. Sec. 107. Allotment of funds. Sec. 108. Designation of Head Start agencies. Sec. 109. Quality standards. Sec. 110. Powers and functions of Head Start agencies. Sec. 111. Head Start transition. Sec. 112. Submission of plans to Governors. Sec. 113. Participation in Head Start programs. Sec. 114. Early Head Start programs for families with infants and toddlers. Sec. 115. Technical assistance and training. Sec. 116. Staff qualifications and development. Sec. 117. Research, demonstration, and evaluation. Sec. 118. Repeal. TITLE II--COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM Sec. 201. Reauthorization. Sec. 202. Conforming amendments. Sec. 203. Repealers. TITLE III--LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE Sec. 301. Authorization. Sec. 302. Definitions. Sec. 303. Natural disasters and other emergencies. Sec. 304. State allotments. Sec. 305. Administration. Sec. 306. Payments to States. Sec. 307. Residential Energy Assistance Challenge option. Sec. 308. Technical assistance, training, and compliance reviews. TITLE IV--ASSETS FOR INDEPENDENCE Sec. 401. Short title. Sec. 402. Findings. Sec. 403. Purposes. Sec. 404. Definitions. Sec. 405. Applications. Sec. 406. Demonstration authority; annual grants. Sec. 407. Reserve Fund. Sec. 408. Eligibility for participation. Sec. 409. Selection of individuals to participate. Sec. 410. Deposits by qualified entities. Sec. 411. Local control over demonstration projects. Sec. 412. Annual progress reports. Sec. 413. Sanctions. Sec. 414. Evaluations. Sec. 415. Treatment of funds. Sec. 416. Authorization of appropriations. TITLE I--HEAD START PROGRAMS SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the ``Head Start Amendments of 1998''. SEC. 102. REFERENCES. Except as otherwise expressly provided, wherever in this title an amendment or repeal is expressed in terms of an amendment to, or repeal of, a section or other provision, the reference shall be considered to be made to a section or other provision of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9831 et seq.). SEC. 103. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. The Head Start Act is amended by striking section 636 (42 U.S.C. 9831) and inserting the following: ``SEC. 636. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE. ``It is the purpose of this subchapter to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision, to low-income children and their families, of health, educational, nutritional, social, and other services that are determined to be necessary, based on family needs assessments.''. SEC. 104. DEFINITIONS. Section 637 (42 U.S.C. 9832) is amended-- (1) by redesignating paragraphs (5) through (14) as paragraphs (7) through (16), respectively; (2) by redesignating paragraph (3) as paragraph (6) and inserting such paragraph after paragraph (4); (3) by striking paragraph (4) and inserting the following: ``(3) The term `child with a disability' means-- ``(A) a child with a disability, as defined in section 602(3) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; and ``(B) an infant or toddler with a disability, as defined in section 632(5) of such Act. ``(4) The term `delegate agency' means a public, private nonprofit, or for-profit organization or agency to which a grantee has delegated all or part of the responsibility of the grantee for operating a Head Start program. ``(5) The term `family literacy services' means services that-- ``(A) are provided to participants who receive the services on a voluntary basis; ``(B) are of sufficient intensity, and of sufficient duration, to make sustainable changes in a family (such as eliminating or reducing dependence on income-based public assistance); and ``(C) integrate each of-- ``(i) interactive literacy activities between parents and their children; ``(ii) training for parents on being partners with their children in learning; ``(iii) parent literacy training, including training that contributes to economic self- sufficiency; and ``(iv) appropriate instruction for children of parents receiving the parent literacy training.''; (4) in paragraph (8) (as redesignated in paragraph (1)), by adding at the end the following: ``Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to require an agency to provide services to a child who has not reached the age of compulsory school attendance for more than the number of hours per day permitted by State law (including regulation) for the provision of services to such a child.''; (5) by striking paragraph (14) (as redesignated in paragraph (1)) and inserting the following: ``(14) The term `migrant or seasonal Head Start program' means-- ``(A) with respect to services for migrant farmworkers, a Head Start program that serves families who are engaged in agricultural labor and who have changed their residence from one geographic location to another in the preceding 2-year period; and ``(B) with respect to services for seasonal farmworkers, a Head Start program that serves families who are engaged primarily in seasonal agricultural labor and who have not changed their residence to another geographic location in the preceding 2-year period.''; and (6) by adding at the end the following: ``(17) The term `reliable and replicable', used with respect to research, means an objective, valid, scientific study that-- ``(A) includes a rigorously defined sample of subjects, that is sufficiently large and representative to support the general conclusions of the study; ``(B) relies on measurements that meet established standards of reliability and validity; ``(C) is subjected to peer review before the results of the study are published; and ``(D) discovers effective strategies for enhancing the development and skills of children.''. SEC. 105. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR HEAD START PROGRAMS. Section 638(1) (42 U.S.C. 9833(1)) is amended-- (1) by striking ``aid the'' and inserting ``enable the''; and (2) by striking the semicolon and inserting ``and attain school readiness;''. SEC. 106. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. Section 639 (42 U.S.C. 9834) is amended-- (1) in subsection (a), by striking ``1995 through 1998'' and inserting ``1999 through 2003''; and (2) in subsection (b), by striking all that follows ``shall make available--'' and inserting the following: ``(1) for each of fiscal years 1999 through 2003 to carry out activities authorized under section 642A, not more than $35,000,000 but not less than was made available for such activities for fiscal year 1998; ``(2) not more than $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1999 through 2003 to carry out impact studies under section 649(g); and ``(3) not more than $12,000,000 for fiscal year 1999, and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2000 through 2003, to carry out other research, demonstration, and evaluation activities, including longitudinal studies, under section 649.''. SEC. 107. ALLOTMENT OF FUNDS. (a) Allotments.--Section 640(a) (42 U.S.C. 9835(a)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (2)-- (A) in subparagraph (A)-- (i) by striking ``handicapped children'' and inserting ``children with disabilities''; (ii) by striking ``migrant Head Start programs'' each place it appears and inserting ``migrant or seasonal Head Start programs''; and (iii) by striking ``1994'' and inserting ``1998''; (B) in subparagraph (C), by striking ``and'' at the end; (C) in subparagraph (D), by striking ``related to the development and implementation of quality improvement plans under section 641A(d)(2).'' and inserting ``carried out under paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of section 641A(d) related to correcting deficiencies and conducting proceedings to terminate the designation of Head Start agencies; and''; (D) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following: ``(E) payments for research, demonstration, and evaluation activities under section 649.''; and (E) by adding at the end the following: ``In determining the need and demand for migrant and seasonal Head Start programs, and services provided through such programs, the Secretary shall consult with appropriate entities, including providers of services for seasonal and migrant Head Start programs. The Secretary shall, after taking into consideration the need and demand for migrant and seasonal Head Start programs, and such services, ensure that there is an adequate level of such services for the children of eligible migrant farmworkers before approving an increase in the allocation provided for children of eligible seasonal farmworkers. In carrying out this subchapter, the Secretary shall continue the administrative arrangement responsible for meeting the needs of migrant or seasonal farmworker and Indian children and shall assure that appropriate funding is provided to meet such needs.''; (2) in paragraph (3)-- (A) in subparagraph (B)-- (i) in clause (ii)-- (I) by striking ``adequate qualified staff'' and inserting ``adequate numbers of qualified staff''; and (II) by inserting ``and children with disabilities'' before ``, when''; (ii) in clause (iv), by inserting before the period the following: ``, and to encourage the staff to continually improve their skills and expertise by informing the staff of the availability of Federal and State incentive and loan forgiveness programs for professional development and by providing for preferences in the awarding of salary increases, in excess of cost-of-living allowances, to staff who obtain additional training or education related to their responsibilities as employees of a Head Start program or to advance their careers within the Head Start program''; (iii) in clause (vi), by striking the period and inserting ``, and are physically accessible to children with disabilities and
Other Popular 105th Congressional Bills Documents:
|GovRecords.org presents information on various agencies of the United States Government. Even though all information is believed to be credible and accurate, no guarantees are made on the complete accuracy of our government records archive. Care should be taken to verify the information presented by responsible parties. Please see our reference page for congressional, presidential, and judicial branch contact information. GovRecords.org values visitor privacy. Please see the privacy page for more information.|
Supreme Court Decisions
104th Congressional Documents
105th Congressional Documents
106th Congressional Documents
107th Congressional Documents
108th Congressional Documents
1994 Presidential Documents