On February 22, 2023, Associate Policy Director Brianna January testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in support of HB 770 – Publicly Funded Full-Day Prekindergarten Program – Tier I Child – Alteration of Definition with amendments.
The Senate Rules Committee is due to consider the bill’s cross-file, SB 913, though the Committee has set no hearing date as of writing.
From the MACo Testimony:
Currently, the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future law (“The Blueprint”) provides a phased-in approach to expanding Tier 1 pre-K, allowing county boards of education and local governments − as fiduciary partners − appropriate time to plan for doing so. Current law would extend the Tier I definition to include three and four-year olds with disabilities, experiencing homelessness, and from non-English speaking homes for FY25. HB 770 would eliminate this phase-in and would count these children for the coming year, FY24, meaning effects on the State budget plan already proposed, but also for county budgets already amidst preparation.
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