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The ELCHC promotes strong families, and access to affordable, quality early learning experiences for all children in Hillsborough County, with special emphasis on those who are the most vulnerable and in need.

The ELCHC works collaboratively with other state and local child and family serving entities to advance policy solutions and investments for the development of young children and their families.

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2019 Legislative Info & Updates

The 2019 Florida State Legislative Session will convene on
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 12:00 noon.

2019 Legislative Session Dates

April 20, 2019
All bills are immediately certified.  Motion to reconsider made and considered the same day.

April 23, 2019 – 50th day
Last day for regularly scheduled committee meetings

May 3, 2019 – 60th day
Last day of Regular Session

Proposed Early Education Bill

SB 1594: by Sen. Gayle Harrell (R-Stuart) and its House companion HB 1193 by Rep. Erin Grall (R-Vero Beach) would increase base student allocation. It also seeks to screen all students entered into a Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program; would require the Office of Early Learning to provide professional development and training courses meeting specific criteria; and require both private and public prekindergarten program providers offering the VPK program participate in a program assessment. The bill was filed March 1 and referred to Education, Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Appropriations committees. The Education subcommittee approved the bill 8-0; as of April 10 it is in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.

Child Care Bills

SB 1144 by Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) and its House companion HB 1367 by Rep. Bill Diamond (D-St. Petersburg) seeks to pay subsidies to qualifying foster parents for early education or child care. The bill was filed March 4. It was referred to the Children, Families & Elder Affairs Subcommittee, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Health & Human Services Committee. The bill was approved 7-0 the in Children, Families & Elder Affairs Subcommittee. As of April 10 the bill was in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services.