S. 519: PRE-K Act

Mar 11, 2013
Referred to Committee
0% chance of being enacted
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Mazie Hirono
Junior Senator from Hawaii
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Mar 11, 2013
24 pages
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on March 11, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Mar 11, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 11, 2013
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1% chance of getting past committee.
0% chance of being enacted.

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Full Title

A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to improve early education.


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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

Providing Resources Early for Kids Act of 2013 or the PRE-K Act - Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to award matching grants to states to enhance or improve state-funded preschool programs.
Sets forth a grant formula favoring states that:
(1) have curricula aligned with state early learning standards;
(2) use nationally-established, or better, best practices for class size and teacher-to-student ratios;
(3) require each teacher to have at least an associate degree in early childhood education or a related field;
(4) require such programs to operate for at least a full academic year; and
(5) have a plan for meeting the requirement, within five years of receiving such grant, that teachers have at least a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or have such degree in a related field, but have also completed specialized training in early childhood education.
Directs the Secretary to establish a competitive process for awarding grants to other states that demonstrate that they will meet such requirements within two fiscal years.
Prohibits state grantees from reducing their preschool or child care expenditures.
Requires states to give priority, in using grant funds, to preschool programs in communities with high concentrations of impoverished children.
Includes among grant uses: (1) increasing the qualifications of, and benefits provided to, teachers, teacher aides, and program directors; (2) decreasing class size and improving teacher-to-student ratios; (3) providing certain comprehensive services that support healthy child development; (4) extending program duration; (5) improving program monitoring and learning environments; and (6) providing classroom supplies or equipment.
Reserves funds for competitive grants to Indians for their preschool programs.

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