Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1738 By Senator Stewart 13-01415-18 20181738__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to early childhood education; amending 3 s. 1002.55, F.S.; prohibiting a private 4 prekindergarten provider from participating in the 5 Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program for a 6 specified period under certain circumstances; amending 7 s. 1002.88, F.S.; authorizing an early learning 8 coalition to revoke the eligibility of a school 9 readiness program provider to participate in the 10 school readiness program for a specified period under 11 certain circumstances; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (5) of section 1002.55, Florida 16 Statutes, is amended to read: 17 1002.55 School-year prekindergarten program delivered by 18 private prekindergarten providers.— 19 (5)(a) Notwithstanding paragraph (3)(b), a private 20 prekindergarten provider may not participate in the Voluntary 21 Prekindergarten Education Program if the provider has child 22 disciplinary policies that do not prohibit children from being 23 subjected to discipline that is severe, humiliating, 24 frightening, or associated with food, rest, toileting, spanking, 25 or any other form of physical punishment as provided in s. 26 402.305(12). 27 (b) Notwithstanding paragraph (3)(b), a private 28 prekindergarten provider that has been cited for four or more 29 violations relating to the supervision of children within a 2 30 year period may not participate in the Voluntary Prekindergarten 31 Education Program for a period of 5 years from the date of the 32 last violation. 33 Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 1002.88, Florida 34 Statutes, is amended to read: 35 1002.88 School readiness program provider standards; 36 eligibility to deliver the school readiness program.— 37 (2)(a) If a school readiness program provider fails or 38 refuses to comply with this part or any contractual obligation 39 of the statewide provider contract under s. 1002.82(2)(m), the 40 coalition may revoke the provider’s eligibility to deliver the 41 school readiness program or receive state or federal funds under 42 this chapter for a period of 5 years. 43 (b) If a school readiness program provider has been cited 44 for four or more violations relating to the supervision of 45 children within a 2-year period, the coalition may revoke the 46 provider’s eligibility to deliver the school readiness program 47 for a period of 5 years from the date of the last violation. 48 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.