Early childhood education; school divisions to provide certain programs for 4 and 5 year children. (SB372)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Early childhood education. Requires, on and after July 1, 2019, all school divisions to provide early childhood education programs for four-year-olds and five-year-olds who are not eligible to attend kindergarten or at-risk early childhood education programs and whose parents voluntarily wish to enroll them in such programs. These mandated early childhood education programs must be coordinated with the current at-risk early childhood programs, consistent with the Department's guidelines for early childhood education, and meet the standards established by the Board of Education. The Board of Education is required to promulgate regulations to implement the orderly phase-in of the required programs with the current voluntary programs for at-risk four-year-olds and at-risk five-year-olds who are not eligible to attend kindergarten. Implementation and funding of the required public school early childhood education programs is contingent on funding in the appropriation act. The grants for the at-risk programs may continue to be funded in public schools or other local agencies; however, the Standards of Quality funding of early childhood education will only be provided to public schools. Read the Bill »


01/16/2014: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101707D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/08/2014Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/16/2014Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health with letter
01/16/2014Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health with letter (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)