2013 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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Funding for Kindergarten Readiness Assessment Pilot Project (language only)

Item 343 #2c

Item 343 #2c

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 308, line 34, strike the second "$1,500,000" and insert "$1,250,000".Page 308, strike lines 47 through 56.Page 309, after line 36, insert:"K.  Out of this appropriation, $250,000 the second year from the general fund shall be provided to Elevate Early Education for the purpose of implementing a pilot program for a kindergarten readiness assessment.  The contract with Elevate Early Education to administer this program shall require the submission of a final report from the organization detailing the assessment method(s) utilized, actual expenditures for the program, and outcome analysis and evaluation.  This report shall be submitted to the Governor, Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees, and the Secretaries of Health and Human Resources and Education no later than November 1, 2013.  Prior to the receipt of any state funding for this purpose, Elevate Early Education must provide evidence of private matching funds secured for this purpose."

(This amendment clarifies the intended use of additional funding provided in the introduced budget for a kindergarten readiness assessment pilot project to test additional developmental measures. The introduced budget would have provided funding for this purpose from amounts provided to the Virginia Early Childhood Education Foundation. This amendment separates the funding from the Foundation and clarifies language that the pilot project will be implemented by Elevate Early Education, a nonprofit organization affiliated with South Hampton Roads Smart Beginnings. Language adds reporting requirements and funding is contingent upon evidence of private matching funds for this effort.)