FY19 & FY20
- Child Care is Essential Act (HR7027)
This bill establishes and provides $50 billion in appropriations for the Child Care Stabilization Fund to award grants to child care providers during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency. This bill passed the House on July 29, 2020. Sent to U.S. Senate. Take action now.
State Budget & Legislation
- Pre-Elementary Programs/Funding (HB153)
This bill layed out the criteria for funding early education programs provided by school districts. The bill corresponds to the Pre-Elementary Program Expansion Senate bill (SB6) (see below). Sponsored by Representative Harriet Drummond.
- Pre-Elementary Program Expansion (SB6)
Filed in FY19, SB6 continues into the new Legislative session with alignment with the Alaska Reads Act. SB6 expands PreElementary programming (PreK) to school districts each year for the next 10 years. Sponsored by Senator Begich.
- Alaska Reads Act (SB151)
In January 2020, Governor Dunleavy together with Alaska lawmakers announced a bipartisan bill that will create a comprehensive statewide K-3 reading policy, with the goal of improving reading outcomes. This bill also expands access to PreK for 4 and 5 year olds. Sponsored by Governor Dunleavy and Senator Begich.
- Education Tax Credit-Employer Child Care Cost (HB188)
Rep. Zach Fields proposed this legislation that would expand the Alaska Education Tax Credit to include contributions employers make towards child care and child care facilities.