Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 090246
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File Number: 090246 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-240-09 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: OPPOSING HOUSE BILL 501 ABOLISH EARLY LEARNING COALITIONS Introduced: 1/29/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 3/3/2009
Agenda Date: 3/3/2009 Agenda Item Number: 11A19
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION OPPOSING HB 501 AND SIMILAR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ABOLISH EARLY LEARNING COALITIONS; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO PASS SUCH LEGISLATION
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Dorrin D. Rolle, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Joe A. Martinez, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 3/3/2009 11A19 Adopted P
REPORT: Hearing no objection, the Board proceeded to vote on this proposed resolution as presented.

Housing & Community Development Committee 2/11/2009 2E Forwarded with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Cynthia Johnson-Stacks read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairwoman Edmonson and Commissioners Jordan, Sorenson, and Martinez asked to be listed as co-sponsors of this resolution. There being no further questions or comments, the committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 1/29/2009 Referred Housing & Community Development Committee 2/11/2009

County Attorney 1/29/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 2/5/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION OPPOSING HB 501 AND SIMILAR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ABOLISH EARLY LEARNING COALITIONS; URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE NOT TO PASS SUCH LEGISLATION

BODY
WHEREAS, HB 501 has been filed for consideration during the 2009 State Legislative Session by Representative Greg Evers (R – Milton) and proposes to eliminate all of Florida’s Early Learning Coalitions, and transfer the functions of the Coalitions to the state Agency for Workforce Innovation effective July 1, 2009; and
WHEREAS, local Early Learning Coalitions were established by the state for the purpose of providing direct and localized access to early education and voluntary prekindergarten programs for Florida families; and
WHEREAS, Early Learning Coalitions provide access to screenings for children and intervention for special needs and health problems, decreasing future spending on public education and community health; and
WHEREAS, Early Learning Coalitions are also an essential resource for working parents in search of high-quality child care and early learning services, and in 2007, 64 percent of Florida’s children younger than age six lived in households where their parents worked; and
WHEREAS, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade & Monroe Counties serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old (and their families) through a variety of affordable early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs; and
WHEREAS, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade & Monroe Counties is among 31 similar organizations in the State of Florida established following the enactment of the School Readiness Act, which consolidated Florida’s early learning services into one integrated program; and
WHEREAS, according to Florida’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), Early Learning Coalitions have helped to increase accountability in program administration, a reduction in service duplication, and a strengthening of local control and flexibility; and
WHEREAS, studies have shown that for every $1 invested in early learning programs, there is a $16 return on the investment; and
WHEREAS, Early Learning Coalitions have infused millions of dollars into our local economy by securing federal, local, foundation, and corporate grants and investments; and
WHEREAS, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade & Monroe Counties has added close to $23 million in revenue to early learning programs in the two counties over the last three years through such efforts; and
WHEREAS, HB 501 would eliminate local involvement in early learning services and result in state government becoming the only entity responsible for administering school readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten programs; and
WHEREAS, given the important role Early Learning Coalitions play for our community’s children, combined with the strains current economic conditions have placed on families, we need to keep local Early Learning Coalitions in place now more than ever,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Opposes HB 501 or similar legislation that would abolish local Early Learning Coalitions and urges the Florida Legislature not to pass such legislation.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, the Chair and Members of the MiamiDade County State Legislative Delegation, and Representative Greg Evers.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to oppose the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2009 State Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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