SENATE BILL No. 288
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 20-20-40.
Synopsis: Office of child development and early learning. Establishes
the office of child development and early learning within the
department of education. Requires the office to collaborate with the
division of family resources to establish and implement a plan for
inclusion of pre-kindergarten education and teaching in kindergarten
through grade 12 education planning and oversight.
Effective: July 1, 2012.
Rogers, Arnold, Breaux, Broden,
Hume, Lanane, Mrvan, Randolph,
Simpson, Skinner, Tallian, Taylor,
January 5, 2012, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
Second Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2012)
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SENATE BILL No. 288
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-20-40; (12)IN0288.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-20-40 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2012]:
Chapter 40. Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "office" refers to the office of
child development and early learning established by section 2 of
Sec. 2. (a) The office of child development and early learning is
established within the department.
(b) The state superintendent shall, not later than August 1, 2012,
appoint staff for the office.
Sec. 3. The office shall collaborate with the division of family
resources established by IC 12-13-1-1 to create a plan to expand
the department's kindergarten through grade 12 education
planning and oversight to include pre-kindergarten education.
Sec. 4. The office shall do the following:
(1) Request that the colleges and universities in Indiana that
have teacher education degree programs testify before an:
(A) interim study committee concerning education; or
(B) interim study committee concerning child care;
of the general assembly regarding options for inclusion of
pre-kindergarten teaching education in the teacher education
(2) Develop a plan to include pre-kindergarten education in
the department's education planning and oversight.
(3) Develop educational development benchmarks for children
from infancy through age four (4).
(4) Report to an interim study committee described in
subdivision (1) concerning the office's progress in:
(A) performing the duties specified in subdivisions (1)
through (3), not later than October 31, 2012; and
(B) implementation of a plan to include pre-kindergarten
education in the department's education planning and
oversight, not later than September 30, 2014.