Authors: Senator Earline Rogers
Requires public schools, including charter schools, to offer a preschool education program, or to contract with a provider to provide a preschool education program, for children who are at least four years of age but less than five years of age. Provides for minimum public preschool education program requirements. Requires the department of education to establish additional standards, requirements, and guidelines for a public preschool education program. Requires that a private provider's program must meet the standards of quality recognized by a Level 3 or Level 4 Paths to QUALITY program rating. Provides, for purposes of the state tuition support formula, an additional one-half pupil to the ADM count for any child who is enrolled in an approved preschool education program.