Partners for Our Children

SB 5107 would encourage school districts and nonprofit organizations, in addition to local governments, to collaborate with the Department of Early Learning (DEL) when establishing and strengthening early learning programs. The bill directs DEL to create a local pathway to high quality early learning to help local governments, school districts, nonprofit organizations, and early learning providers use additional local or private funds, or both, to expand access, increase quality, and extend hours for existing early care and education programs. The programs must include the early childhood state education and assistance program, working connections child care program, and home visiting programs.
SB 5107 would require the local pathway to include a needs assessment, funding tool, training, and technical assistance. Additionally the bill would allow local governments, school districts, and nonprofit organizations to contribute funds to the Early Start Account for these purposes.