Status Summary

On 1/31, passed in the House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services: Majority; do pass. Minority; do not pass.
Referred to Appropriations on 2/2, but was not scheduled for a hearing and therefore is dead.
(updated 2/15)

Legislative Session





Rep. Goodman

HB 2659 expands eligibility for the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP):

  • Changes the income criterion for "eligible child" to a child not eligible for kindergarten whose family income is at or below 185% (from 110%) of the federal poverty level
  • Adds children who are members of a federally recognized tribe as priority for enrollment 
  • Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, funding for the program must be phased-in based on the forecasted caseload of children eligible and projected to participate
  • Creates rules for prioritizing eligible children for enrollment according to a system of risk factors and priority points adopted by the department  
  • Pushes statewide implementation of the early learning program (ECEAP) (i.e. the entitlement) out to the 2028-29 school year (from 2022-23) and identifies the timelines for achieving full implementation, which would be in place by the 2028-2029 biennium
  • Increases school districts to seven (from six) who may contract with the department