BILL NUMBER: AB 495	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Davis

                        FEBRUARY 24, 2009

   An act to add Article 14 (commencing with Section 32436) to
Chapter 3 of Part 19 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code,
relating to preschool.



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 495, as introduced, Davis. Preschool: data collection.
   Existing law provides for the licensure of child day care centers,
including centers that provide preschool services. Existing law
states the intent of the Legislature that all families have access to
child care and development services, through resource and referral
services, where appropriate, regardless of ethnic status, cultural
background, or special needs.
   This bill would require the State Department of Education to
annually determine the number of three- and four-year-old children in
the state and in each county, the number of licensed providers
offering preschool services, and the number of children that each
licensed provider could accommodate with respect to preschool
services. The bill would require the department to post this data on
the most appropriate of its Internet Web sites, and to update the
Internet Web site as soon as practicable after obtaining new data.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (a) A child's participation in a quality preschool educational
program plays a critical role in his or her educational development
and success in school. Studies have shown that children who
participate in quality preschool programs are more likely to become
proficient readers by the third grade, graduate from high school, and
attend college than their peers who do not attend quality preschool
educational programs.
   (b) Scientific knowledge about how children's brains develop
confirms the importance of participation in quality preschool
educational programs. Ninety percent of brain growth occurs before
age five, before most children enroll in kindergarten.
   (c) Quality preschool education provides a crucial opportunity to
engage parents in the education of their children, and to create a
habit of parental involvement that will last throughout a child's
academic career.
   (d) Studies have shown that early education and intervention for
children with special needs in preschool reduce the need for costly
special education services in later years.
   (e) Quality preschool education helps English learners develop
their English language skills and meet school readiness goals.
   (f) There is a severe shortage of quality, affordable preschool
education providers in California, and California lags behind the
nation in preschool enrollment.
  SEC. 2.  Article 14 (commencing with Section 32436) is added to
Chapter 3 of Part 19 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code,
to read:

      Article 14.  Preschool Data


   32436.  (a) The department shall annually determine the number of
three- and four-year-old children in the state and in each county,
the number of licensed providers offering preschool services, and the
number of children that each licensed provider could accommodate
with respect to preschool services.
   (b) The department shall post the data specified in subdivision
(a) on the most appropriate of its Internet Web sites, and shall
update the Internet Web site as soon as practicable after new data is
obtained.