Committee

Education

Author

Kent McCarty and Richard Bennett

Session

2023 Session

Passed House committee(s); awaiting House floor action

Latest Action


On January 25, the House Education Committee voted to pass HB 817. The bill is now awaiting a vote on the House floor, which will likely take place in the coming weeks.

Explanation of the Bill


HB 817 would permanently raise the funding rate for Early Learning Collaboratives to $2,500 per child for full-day programs and $1,250 per child for half-day programs. 

As it exists now, the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013 guarantees $2,150 per child for full-day programs and $1,075 per child for half-day programs.  The rate increase would account for the actual amount it takes to fund high-quality pre-K in Mississippi and would ensure that the state does not have to raise the rate every year through the budget bill as they did in the previous three legislative sessions.

DateDetails
1/16/23On January 16, HB 817 was referred to the House Education Committee.
1/26/23On January 26, the House Education Committee passed HB 817.