Early childhood care and education; establishment of system, definitions, licensure. (SB578)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from 12 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


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 Department of Education. The bill maintains current licensure, background check, and other requirements of such programs. 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 also requires the Board of Education to establish, no later than July 1, 2021, a uniform quality rating and improvement system designed to provide parents and families with information about the quality and availability of certain publicly funded early childhood care and education providers and to publish the initial quality ratings under such system in the fall of 2023. This bill is identical to HB 1012. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104558D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/20/2020Impac committee substitute SB577H1
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB578)
01/28/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/28/2020Committee substitute printed 20105825D-S1
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Read second time
01/30/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/30/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105825D-S1
01/30/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB578S1
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB578S1)
01/31/2020Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Passed Senate (31-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Placed on Calendar
02/12/2020Read first time
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on Education
02/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
02/17/2020Reported from Education with substitute (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Committee substitute printed 20108279D-H1
02/19/2020Read second time
02/20/2020Read third time
02/20/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108279D-H1
02/20/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB578H1
02/20/2020Passed House with substitute (82-Y 15-N)
02/20/2020VOTE: Passage (82-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Title replaced 20108279D-H1
02/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB578H1)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB578ER)
03/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB578ER)
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/08/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 861 (effective 7/1/20)
04/08/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0861)
04/08/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 861 (effective - see bill)