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Early Learning Quality Improvement System Advisory Committee   

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(a) The advisory committee shall develop the policy and implementation plan for an Early Learning Quality Improvement System for the state and shall submit, to the Legislature and the Governor, an interim report by December 31, 2009, and a final report by December 31, 2010, containing its recommendations for the creation of an Early Learning Quality Improvement System. The report shall address, but need not be limited to, the following four elements of a quality improvement system:

(1) An assessment and analysis of the existing early care and education infrastructure, including other state and local early learning quality improvement systems. The assessment shall identify and review existing quality rating systems in use and determine the features of those systems that are most effective in determining and improving quality.

(2) The development of an early learning quality rating scale for child development and care programs, including preschool, that serve children from birth to five years of age, inclusive, including preschool age children, infants, and toddlers. The early learning quality rating scale shall reflect features of quality rating systems that most directly contribute to high-quality care, as identified in the assessment pursuant to paragraph (1). The advisory committee shall consider consumer awareness so that parents receive accurate information about the type of program in which their children are enrolled. The advisory committee also may consider, but need not be limited to, the following features of high-quality programs:

(A) Developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate practices.

(B) Staff qualifications and professional development and education needs.

(C) Staff compensation and retention.

(D) Group size and ratios.

(E) Learning environment.

(F) Statutory and regulatory compliance, including provisions of Title 5 and Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations relating to child care and development.

(G) Articulation within systems of care for children from birth to five years of age, and with the K-12 public school system.

(H) The inclusion of children with exceptional needs and children with disabilities.

(I) English learner support.

(J) Family involvement.

(K) Comprehensive health and development screenings using standard tools.

(L) Data collection and methods to support continuous quality improvement.

(M) Program management and leadership.

(3) The development of a funding model aligned with the quality rating scale for child care and development programs that serve children from birth to five years of age, inclusive, including preschool.

(4) The advisory committee shall consider and make recommendations on how local, state, federal, and private resources, including resources available pursuant to the California Children and Families Act of 1998 (Division 108 (commencing with Section 130100) of the Health and Safety Code), can best be utilized to complement a statewide funding model as part of a comprehensive effort to improve the child care and development system of the state, including preschool.

(b) The advisory committee shall meet no less frequently than each quarter per year, at the call of the chairperson, at a time and location convenient to the public, as the chairperson deems appropriate. All meetings shall be open to the public in accordance with Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. Once a draft report of the final report is complete, the advisory committee shall conduct no less than four public hearings in different parts of the state to ensure that the advisory committee obtains meaningful public input prior to submitting its report to the Governor and the Legislature.

(Added by Stats. 2008, Ch. 307, Sec. 1.)

Reference:

Government Code 11120

Health and Safety Code 130100