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S04406 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                    February 4, 2021
        Introduced  by  Sen.  PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families
        AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to establishing  a  divi-
          sion  of  early  childhood  within  the  office of children and family

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 500 of the executive law is amended by adding a new
     2  subdivision 4 to read as follows:
     3    4.  (a)  There is hereby established within the office of children and
     4  family services a division of early childhood.  The  division  shall  be
     5  under  the  direction  of the commissioner of the office of children and
     6  family services. The division of early childhood shall be headed by  the
     7  director  of  early  childhood  who  shall  be  appointed by a committee
     8  composed of the governor or his or her  designee,  the  speaker  of  the
     9  assembly,  the temporary president of the senate, the minority leader of
    10  the assembly and the minority leader of the senate.
    11    (b) The primary duties of the division of early childhood are to coor-
    12  dinate, consolidate and integrate early childhood programs, in order  to
    13  administer  programs  and  funding as efficiently as possible. The divi-
    14  sion's duties shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
    15    (i) to develop, coordinate and support public and private partnerships
    16  to aid early childhood programs across the state;
    17    (ii) to work cooperatively and in coordination with the  early  child-
    18  hood advisory council;
    19    (iii)  to  collaborate  with the education department to ensure proper
    20  and appropriate connections and smooth transitions between early  child-
    21  hood programs and kindergarten through grade twelve programs;
    22    (iv)  to  coordinate  the  delivery of services for young children and
    23  their families to ensure the state is utilizing  all  available  funding
    24  streams in a unified fashion; and
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (v)  to  perform any other activities that will assist in the division
     2  of early childhood programs and services.
     3    (c)  The  director  of early childhood shall be responsible for imple-
     4  menting the policies and directives of the division of early  childhood.
     5  The  director may seek and shall be entitled to receive from other state
     6  agencies such assistance as may be required to perform  such  director's
     7  duties pursuant to this subdivision. The director may appoint such offi-
     8  cers, employees, agents and consultants as he or she may deem necessary.
     9  To  the  extent  practicable,  the  director shall appoint the officers,
    10  employees, agents and consultants for the division of  early  childhood,
    11  from among the existing officers and employees of the office of children
    12  and family services.
    13    (d)  On or before January first, two thousand twenty-two, the division
    14  of early childhood shall begin a statewide assessment and evaluation  of
    15  the  current  funding  streams  for the state. The division shall, on or
    16  before October first, two thousand twenty-two, provide to  the  governor
    17  and  the legislature programmatic and legislative recommendations, based
    18  on its statewide assessment and evaluation.
    19    (e) The division of early childhood shall submit to the  governor  and
    20  legislature,  within one year of the effective date of this subdivision,
    21  a report as the various early childhood programs that are  available  in
    22  the  state.  The report shall include recommendations and an action plan
    23  to further consolidate and coordinate early childhood programs and fund-
    24  ing sources that support these programs.
    25    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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