Early childhood care and education; establishment, licensure. (HB2458)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Will Morefield (R-North Tazewell), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Early childhood care and education; licensing. Requires the Board of Education to establish a statewide unified public-private system for early childhood care and education in the Commonwealth to be administered by the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Department of Education. The bill transfers the authority to license and regulate child day programs and other early child care agencies from the Board of Social Services and Department of Social Services to the Board of Education and the Department of Education. The bill maintains current licensure, background check, and other requirements of such programs. The bill establishes the Early Childhood Innovation Fund for the purpose of facilitating regional public-private collaboration and to field test innovative strategies and evidence-based practices that support a robust system of comprehensive early childhood care and education services to deliver measurable school readiness outcomes and meet regional workforce support needs. Such provisions of the bill have a delayed effective date of July 1, 2021. The bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to establish a plan for implementing the statewide unified early childhood care and education system and requires the Department of Social Services and the Department of Education to enter into a cooperative agreement to coordinate the transition. The bill provides that, beginning July 1, 2021, the Department of Education will be the lead agency for the administration of the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the Head Start Collaboration Office. Finally, the bill requires the Board of Education and the Board of Social Services to promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of the bill to become effective on July 1, 2021. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102705D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee on Education
01/18/2019Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #1
01/21/2019House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N)
01/21/2019Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2019Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2019Committee substitute printed 19105282D-H1
01/23/2019Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/28/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB2458H1)
02/05/2019Left in Appropriations