IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 3, 2016
Mr. Peters (for himself and Ms. Stabenow) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To amend the Head Start Act by establishing grants for Head Start programs in communities affected by toxic pollutants, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Children's Head Start Intervention for Life and Development Act.
Grants for Head Start programs in communities affected by toxic pollutants
The Head Start Act is amended—
by redesignating section 657C (42 U.S.C. 9852c) as section 657D; and
by inserting after section 657B (42 U.S.C. 9852b) the following:
Grants to communities affected by toxic pollutants
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may award grants to eligible entities to carry out Head Start (including Early Head Start) programs in communities affected by water polluted by lead or a toxic pollutant as the result of an event for which the President has declared an emergency. The Secretary may award the grants for a single period of not more than 5 years, and may not renew the grants.
In this subsection:
The term emergency has the meaning given the term in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122).
The term toxic pollutant has the meaning given the term in section 502 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1362).
Eligible entity; priority
To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an entity shall meet the requirements to be designated as a Head Start agency under section 641 or the requirements to be eligible to provide an Early Head Start program under 645A(d), as the case may be.
In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to eligible entities in partnerships with child care providers who are providing child care services on the date of enactment of the Children's Head Start Intervention for Life and Development Act.
Use of funds
An entity that receives a grant under this section shall use the grant funds to carry out a Head Start (which may be an Early Head Start) program in accordance with this subchapter in a community described in subsection (a).
Training and technical assistance
The Secretary may use funds provided under this section—
to provide intensive training and technical assistance to the operators and staff of Head Start programs funded under this section, to address the behavioral and other needs of the children served through those programs; and
to pay for the administrative costs of carrying out this section.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to make any entity eligible for designation or a designation renewal under section 641.
The Secretary shall issue guidance clarifying when a reference in this subchapter to
this subchapter, used in conjunction with an amount, shall be considered to include an amount made available under this section.
Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section, $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2017 through 2022.