Federal - S 2304

A bill to provide for tribal demonstration projects for the integration of early childhood development, education, including Native language and culture, and related services, for evaluation of those demonstration projects, and for other purposes.

Introduced

November 18, 2015

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A bill to provide for tribal demonstration projects for the integration of early childhood development, education, including Native language and culture, and related services, for evaluation of those demonstration projects, and for other purposes.

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  • April 27, 2016 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

    April 27, 2016 — Committee Vote: Tribal Early Childhood Services — Substitute Amendment
      Tester, D-Mont. —

    Substitute amendment that would ensure notification of grant approval also would include services and support provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    It would require that grant amounts reserved in the budget for construction projects be available for five fiscal years following the distribution. It would allow the HHS secretary to reallocate unused grants to eligible programs.

    It also would add representatives from the National Indian Education Association, American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the National Coalition of Native American Language Medium Schools and Programs to the Tribal Early Childhood Work Group.

    Substitute amendment that would ensure notification of grant approval also would include services and support provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    It would require that grant amounts reserved in the budget for construction projects be available for five fiscal years following the distribution. It would allow the HHS secretary to reallocate unused grants to eligible programs.

    It also would add representatives from the National Indian Education Association, American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the National Coalition of Native American Language Medium Schools and Programs to the Tribal Early Childhood Work Group.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    April 27, 2016 — Committee Vote: Tribal Early Childhood Services — Vote to Report

    Create a program for tribal early childhood education demonstration projects. The secretary of Health and Human Services would be able to select up to 10 entities for the program per fiscal year. Each project would last for five years and would have to meet certain criteria including developing a new approach to addressing tribal community needs and focusing on culturally-based early childhood education, Native American language and cultural revitalization and maintenance.

    It would require entities to submit an application that would specify:

    • The type of population that the program would help and specifically denote the geographical service area;
    • A complete assessment of early childhood care and development needs within the area;
    • An explanation of the obstacles and impediments to accessing early childhood program in the area;
    • An explanation of the role of the Native American language and culture in the demonstration project;
    • A description of data to be collected for monitoring and evaluation; and
    • A description of how the programming as part of the demonstration project would address child and family mental health issues.

    It would require the HHS secretary to approve or disapprove the application within 90 days and specify when the project would begin and the services provided by the project.

    It also would authorize $4 million annually in fiscal 2017 through 2021 for a grant program for eligible entities to build early childhood care and development centers or upgrade existing ones.

    It also would authorize $1 million annually in fiscal 2017 through 2021 for a grant program for entities to reimburse their early childhood teachers for out-of-pocket costs associated with obtaining an early childhood certification or credentials.

    It also would extend the federal teacher loan forgiveness programs to early childhood educators who either teach in a program operated by a Native American tribe or have a large number of Native American children.

    Create a program for tribal early childhood education demonstration projects. The secretary of Health and Human Services would be able to select up to 10 entities for the program per fiscal year. Each project would last for five years and would have to meet certain criteria including developing a new approach to addressing tribal community needs and focusing on culturally-based early childhood education, Native American language and cultural revitalization and maintenance.

    It would require entities to submit an application that would specify:

    • The type of population that the program would help and specifically denote the geographical service area;
    • A complete assessment of early childhood care and development needs within the area;
    • An explanation of the obstacles and impediments to accessing early childhood program in the area;
    • An explanation of the role of the Native American language and culture in the demonstration project;
    • A description of data to be collected for monitoring and evaluation; and
    • A description of how the programming as part of the demonstration project would address child and family mental health issues.
    • It would require the HHS secretary to approve or disapprove the application within 90 days and specify when the project would begin and the services provided by the project.

      It also would authorize $4 million annually in fiscal 2017 through 2021 for a grant program for eligible entities to build early childhood care and development centers or upgrade existing ones.

      It also would authorize $1 million annually in fiscal 2017 through 2021 for a grant program for entities to reimburse their early childhood teachers for out-of-pocket costs associated with obtaining an early childhood certification or credentials.

      It also would extend the federal teacher loan forgiveness programs to early childhood educators who either teach in a program operated by a Native American tribe or have a large number of Native American children.

      Ordered reported favorably to the full Senate (as amended) by voice vote.

  • April 25, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Heinrich, (D-N.M.)
  • April 6, 2016 — Full committee hearing held by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

  • Nov. 18, 2015 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    Schatz, (D-Hawaii)
  • Nov. 18, 2015 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Indian Affairs.Congressional Record p. S8079

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