SECTION 16, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
UPON PASSAGE]: Sec. 91. "Fund" means the following:
(1) For purposes of IC 12-12-1-9, the fund described in IC 12-12-1-9.
(2) For purposes of IC 12-15-20, the meaning set forth in IC 12-15-20-1.
(3) For purposes of IC 12-17-12, the meaning set forth in IC 12-17-12-4.
(4) For purposes of IC 12-17.2-3.7, the meaning set forth in IC 12-17.2-3.7-5.
(4) (5) For purposes of IC 12-17.6, the meaning set forth in
(5) (6) For purposes of IC 12-23-2, the meaning set forth in
(6) (7) For purposes of IC 12-23-18, the meaning set forth in
(7) (8) For purposes of IC 12-24-6, the meaning set forth in
(8) (9) For purposes of IC 12-24-14, the meaning set forth in
(9) (10) For purposes of IC 12-30-7, the meaning set forth in
program of early education services that meets the standards of
quality recognized by a Level 3 or Level 4 paths to QUALITY
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "fund" refers to the early education matching grant program fund established by section 11 of this chapter.
Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "grant" refers to a matching grant from the fund.
Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the early education matching grant program established by this chapter.
Sec. 8. (a) The early learning advisory committee is established.
(b) The committee consists of six (6) members appointed by the governor as follows:
(1) A representative of the department of education.
(2) A representative of the division.
(3) A representative of a Head Start program under 42 U.S.C. 9831 et seq.
(4) A representative of a family advocacy group that has an interest in early childhood education.
(5) An early childhood education provider.
(6) A representative of business with an interest in early childhood education.
(c) The governor shall appoint the chairperson of the committee.
(d) The division shall staff the committee.
(e) The expenses of the committee shall be paid from the funds of the division.
(f) Each member of the committee who is not a state employee is entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1(b). The member is also entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
(g) Each member of the committee who is a state employee but who is not a member of the general assembly is entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
(h) Each member of the committee who is a member of the general assembly is entitled to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid to legislative members of interim study committees established by the legislative council. Per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid under this section shall be paid from appropriations made to the legislative council or the
legislative services agency.
(i) The affirmative votes of a majority of the voting members appointed to the committee are required for the committee to take action on any measure, including final reports.
Sec. 9. (a) The committee shall do the following:
(1) Conduct periodic statewide needs assessments concerning the quality and availability of early education programs for children from birth to the age of school entry, including the availability of high quality prekindergarten education for low income children in Indiana.
(2) Identify opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration and coordination among federally and state funded child development, child care, and early childhood education programs and services, including governmental agencies that administer the programs and services.
(3) Assess the capacity and effectiveness of two (2) and four (4) year public and private higher education institutions in Indiana for the support of development of early educators, including:
(A) professional development and career advancement plans; and
(B) practice or internships with Head Start or prekindergarten programs.
(4) Recommend to the division procedures, policies, and eligibility criteria for the program.
(5) Other duties as determined necessary by the chairperson of the committee.
(b) Not later than June 30 of each year, the committee shall develop and make recommendations to the governor and, in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6, to the legislative council concerning the results of the committee's work under this section.
Sec. 10. The division shall administer an early education matching grant program in compliance with this chapter. The division may establish procedures, forms, and standards to carry out this chapter. The office of the secretary may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2 to carry out this chapter.
Sec. 11. (a) The early education matching grant program fund is established for the purpose of providing matching grants to providers of eligible services. The fund shall be administered by the division.
(b) The fund consists of the following:
(1) Appropriations by the general assembly.
(2) Grants and gifts that the state receives for the fund under terms, obligations, and liabilities that the division considers appropriate.
(c) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same
manner as other public money may be invested. Interest that
accrues from these investments shall be deposited in the fund.
(d) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund. The fund is a trust fund and may not be transferred to another fund under IC 4-9.1-1-7.
Sec. 12. The division shall establish an application process for grants from the fund.
Sec. 13. The division may award a grant from the fund to an applicant that:
(1) agrees to operate as an eligible provider;
(A) has obtained a matching gift or grant; or
(B) has a commitment for a matching gift or grant;
from any combination of foundations, other nonprofit entities, individuals, or for-profit entities for the purposes of the applicant's program of eligible services;
(3) provides the division with a plan for use of the grant and any related matching funds that demonstrates to the satisfaction of the division that use of the grant and related matching funds will increase the number of eligible children receiving eligible services;
(4) enters into a written agreement with the division concerning the delivery of eligible services and the use of a grant provided under this chapter, which incorporates the plan approved by the division under subdivision (3); and
(5) provides to the division any other information that the division determines necessary or appropriate for the grant.
Sec. 14. Foundations, nonprofit entities, individuals, and for-profit entities may contribute an amount to the fund:
(1) for the purposes of providing a matching gift or grant described in section 13(2) of this chapter; or
(2) as unrestricted funds.
Sec. 15. To qualify as an eligible child, the child must be:
(1) a member of a household with an annual income that does not exceed one hundred eighty-five percent (185%) of the federal poverty level;
(2) at least four (4) years of age and less than five (5) years of age when the child receives eligible services; and
(3) a resident of Indiana or otherwise have legal settlement in Indiana, as determined under IC 20-26-11.
Sec. 16. To qualify as an eligible provider, an applicant must:
(1) be an entity other than an individual;
(2) provide eligible services to individuals for at least one hundred eighty (180) days per year;
(3) administer the kindergarten readiness assessment (ISTAR-KR) adopted by the department of education to children receiving eligible services as required by the division;