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Bill Detail: HB20-1053

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Title Supports For Early Childhood Educator Workforce
Status House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/04/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
  • Human Services
House Sponsors J. Wilson (R)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate Sponsors T. Story (D)
House Committee Education
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 01/08/2020
Description

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative
Commission. The bill directs the state board of human services (state
board) in the department of human services (DHS) to establish licensing
standards that will allow an early care and education program to be
licensed for a period of time determined by the state board if one or more
early childhood educators have pursued DHS-approved early childhood

credentials but have not yet completed the credential and other
state-board-determined quality, safety, and supervision conditions are
met.
The state board shall also promulgate rules allowing an early
childhood educator to earn points toward an early childhood credential
based on the candidate's prior experience and demonstrated competency.
The bill directs DHS and the department of education (CDE) to
streamline and align the early childhood professional credential, child
care program licensing, and educator licensing to make requirements
clear and consistent and to reduce the administrative burden and
paperwork burden relating to credentialing and licensing of early
childhood educators.
The bill directs DHS to analyze and prepare a written report every
2 years on the gap between Colorado's current supply of early childhood
educators and the current and future need for early childhood educators
in the state. The report will be posted on DHS's website.
The bill directs DHS and CDE to direct resources to support
concurrent enrollment opportunities and career pathways for high school
students and other nontraditional students interested in earning college
credit toward becoming an early childhood educator.
The bill creates the early care and education recruitment and
retention grant and scholarship program in DHS (grant and scholarship
program). DHS shall administer the program directly or by contract. The
state board shall establish an application process for the grant and
scholarship program, and DHS shall award grants and scholarships to
eligible individuals or entities for the purposes of increasing the number
of individuals qualified as early childhood educators to teach in a
program serving children 5 years of age or younger and to retain early
childhood educators teaching in those programs.
Individuals and entities eligible for a grant or scholarship include
individuals pursuing a career in early childhood education, nonprofit
entities that administer scholarship programs aligned with the purposes
of the grant and scholarship program, licensed early care and education
programs, and institutions of higher education that administer scholarship
programs aligned with the purposes of the grant and scholarship program.
The bill includes a list of eligible expenditures of the grant or
scholarship money, including, among others, payment of tuition and other
expenses for courses that lead to a degree or credential as an early
childhood educator or a higher degree or qualification that results in
retention of an educator; payment for the costs of coaching, mentoring,
professional development, and other costs and programs that lead to
credentialing; payments to licensed providers; and money for programs,
schools, and institutions of higher education to establish
grow-your-own programs to support individuals completing
qualifications to become early childhood educators.
The bill creates a fund for the grant and scholarship program and
requires DHS to report on the grant and scholarship program at least
every 2 years and post the report on its website.
The bill creates the early childhood educator apprenticeship
program (apprenticeship program) in the division of employment and
training (division) in the department of labor and employment (CDLE).
The division shall administer the apprenticeship program. The executive
director of CDLE shall establish program standards relating to eligibility
criteria for local entities, including workforce development programs,
nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and early
childhood councils, to receive money to support existing apprenticeship
programs and to implement new apprenticeship programs for early
childhood educators. The bill includes the approved uses of funding
provided through the apprenticeship program. The bill creates a fund for
the apprenticeship program.

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