HCS/SB 947 - This act requires the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop standards for high-quality early childhood education no later than June 30, 2007. The standards shall be applicable to all public school pre-kindergarten programs that receive Title I or Missouri preschool project funds. Such standards shall include, but not be limited to: access for all children whose parents or guardians choose to participate; focus on cognitive, language, physical, and social/emotional development; assessment of needs of children and their families; highly qualified and properly certified teachers; and delivery of comprehensive services supported by strong and accessible technical assistance and professional development.
In developing such standards, the department shall involve various early childhood stake-holders, as specified in the act.
Unless otherwise prohibited by federal law, public school districts shall not prohibited from charging tuition for early childhood education programs.
This act is identical to the HCS/HB 1511.