Florida Senate-2018SB 1150BySenator Steube 23-01599A-18 20181150__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to school readiness program funding; 3 amending s. 1002.89, F.S.; requiring the Office of 4 Early Learning to develop a formula for the allocation 5 of funding for the school readiness program which 6 meets certain requirements; requiring the office to 7 submit the formula to the Legislature by a specified 8 date; requiring the formula to be implemented by a 9 specified date; requiring the office to review and 10 update the formula within a specified timeframe; 11 authorizing the office to adjust certain allocations 12 for specified purposes; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 1002.89, Florida 17 Statutes, is amended to read: 18 1002.89 School readiness program; funding.— 19 (1) Funding for the school readiness program shall be 20 allocated among the early learning coalitions in accordance with 21a formula developed by the Office of Early Learning.22(a) The office shall develop a formula that meets all of23the following requirements:241. Is equity-based.252. Considers all of the following:26a. The current and future growth of each county;27b. The overall demographics of children who are 5 years of28age or younger and those who are school-aged in each respective29county, with greater weight given to the 5 years of age or30younger category;31c. The percentage of mandated referrals;32d. The number of eligible children 5 years of age or33younger whose households are at or below 150 percent of the34federal poverty level;35e. The current average market rate being paid by each36county or early learning coalition; and37f. Other pertinent information as necessary to establish38statewide equity.393.Isdesigned to maximizetheenrollmentof children 540years of age or youngerstatewide.41(b)By January 31, 2019, the office must submit the funding42formula to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the43House of Representatives for review. The formula must be44implemented by July 1, 2020, and must be reviewed and updatedas45necessary, but at least every 2 years, to ensure ongoing equity.46The office may adjust coalition allocations during each fiscal47year, as needed, to maximizetheenrollmentof children 5 years48of age or youngerandtoaddress funding fluctuations~~this~~49~~section and the General Appropriations Act~~. 50 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.