STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-NINTH MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-SIXTH SESSION
EARLY CHILDHOOD FINANCE & POLICY DIVISION
Representative Nora Slawik, Chair of the Early Childhood Finance & Policy Division, called the meeting to order at 4:40 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in Room 200 of the State Office Building.
The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.
House Members Present:
House Members Excused:
A quorum was present.
Representative Bly moved that the minutes from Thursday, February 11, 2010 be adopted. THE MOTION PREVAILED.
Presentation of the Minnesota QRIS Scaling Options Report
Barbara Yates, Executive Director, Resources for Child Caring:
Ms. Yates was asked a series of questions: Does the QRIS evaluation look at student outcomes and standards or program outcomes and standards? Would the Maine model cost more if the tax credits were included in the cost? Are the costs of QRIS broken down somewhere?
Presentation of the Department of Education and Department of Human Services System Framework Work Plan:
Karen Carlson, Early Learning Services Director, Minnesota Department of Education
Deb Swenson-Klatt, Manager, Early Childhood Development, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Ms. Carlson and Ms. Swenson-Klatt were asked a series of questions: How many different accrediting organizations cover early childhood? What framework was used by the Minnesota Early Learning Foundation? What is the research background to the 10 essential elements used within the Departments framework work plan?
Vice-Chair Rosenthal assumed the gavel at 5:45 pm.
Representative Rosenthal moved that HF2760 (Slawik), Statewide child care provider training, coaching, consultation, and supports funding provided to prepare for the voluntary Minnesota quality rating system, and money appropriated, be heard and laid over for possible inclusion in the Omnibus Early Childhood Finance & Policy Division bill.
Testifying in favor of HF2760:
Ann McCully, Executive Director, Minnesota Child Care Resource & Referral Network (MCCR&RN)
Ms. McCully was asked a series of questions: What is the $500,000 in the bill used for currently and are they subjected to any limitations? How is the $500,000 distributed throughout the state? What is the MCCR&RN role in the distribution of funds?
Testifying in opposition of HF2760:
Dr. Karen Effrem, Policy Analyst and Board Member, EdWatch
The meeting was adjourned at 6:10 pm.
Representative Nora Slawik, CHAIR
Matthew M. Collie
Committee Legislative Assistant