Public Preschool Fund and Grant Program; established. (HB255)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patron Del. Wendy Gooditis (D-Clarke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public Preschool Fund and Grant Program. Establishes the Public Preschool Fund and Grant Program for the purpose of funding and providing on a competitive basis grants to local school boards to establish and maintain public preschool programs for children who reside in the local school division and who will have reached their fourth birthday on or before September 30 of the relevant school year. The bill requires the Department of Education to administer the Public Preschool Grant Program and establish (i) guidelines and procedures for grant applications, awards, and renewals; (ii) standards for preschool programs established and maintained by grant recipients, including standards for curriculum, student achievement, attendance, instruction, personnel, and length of school day and school year; and (iii) data collection and reporting requirements for grant recipients. The bill requires the Department of Education to give priority to grant applicants who propose a plan for the innovative use of facilities in the local school division to house the proposed public preschool program, including community centers and recreation centers. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/02/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103673D
01/02/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB255)
02/06/2018Referred from Rules
02/06/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2018Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/13/2018Left in Appropriations