Early Childcare Education

2019 Legislative Session bills that are relevant to early childcare education research taking place at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living can be viewed below.

Early Childcare Education

Bill # Author Status Brief Description Past Bills (2017)
SB 36 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini

Filed - 11/12/18

Referred to Education - 2/1/19

Requires Pre-K for all children 4 years old, and for children 3 years old who: 1. do not speak English OR 2. are educationally disadvantaged OR 3. are homeless OR 4. are the children of an active military person OR 5. are in the conservatorship of DFPS disadvantaged children 3 years old OR are the children of EMS/Fire/Peace officer. Companion Bill: HB 189
HB 189 State Rep. Ron Reynolds Filed - 11/12/18 Requires Pre-K for all children 4 years old, and for children 3 years old who: 1. do not speak English OR 2. are educationally disadvantaged OR 3. are homeless OR 4. are the children of an active military person OR 5. are in the conservatorship of DFPS disadvantaged children 3 years old OR are the children of EMS/Fire/Peace officer. Companion Bill: SB 36
HB 55 State Rep. Mary González Filed - 11/12/18 Caps public school Pre-K through 4th grade class size to 22 students. Pre-K classes must have a teacher or teacher's aide for every 11 students. Of the class is 16 students or less total, one teacher or teacher's aide is required. Companion Bill SB 818
SB 818 State Sen. Jose Menendez Filed - 2/13/19 Caps public school Pre-K through 4th grade class size to 22 students. Pre-K classes must have a teacher or teacher's aide for every 11 students. Of the class is 16 students or less total, one teacher or teacher's aide is required. Companion Bill HB 55
HB 612 State Rep. Shawn Nicole Thierry Filed - 1/2/19 Allows schools to charge tuition for Pre-K, but also establishes that Pre-K for children who qualify under Section 29.153(b) will be eligible for full-day funding under the Foundation School Program.
HB 752 State Rep. Gene Wu Filed - 1/11/19 Allows schools to charge tuition for Pre-K, but also establishes that Pre-K for children who qualify under Section 29.153(b) will be eligible for full-day funding under the Foundation School Program.
SB 287 State Sen, Borris L. Miles

Filed - 1/3/19

Referred to Education - 2/7/19

Requires a district to offer free Pre-K if there are 15 or more children at least 4 years old OR at least 3 years old AND 1. do not speak English OR 2. are educationally disadvantaged OR 3. are homeless OR 4. are the children of an active military person OR 5. are in the conservatorship of DFPS disadvantaged children 3 years old OR are the children of EMS/Fire/Peace officer.
SB 292 State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.

Filed - 1/3/19

Referred to Education -  2/7/19

Specifies that the proposed pilot prekindergarten program be implemented in the Region 1 ESC area.
SB 301 State Sen, Borris L. Miles

Filed - 1/4/19

Referred to Education - 2/7/19

Caps public school Pre-K at 18 students, and 22 students for K-4th. Exemptions may be granted annually, and school districts must notify parents of the exemption, if granted.
SB 707 State Sen. Kirk Watson

Filed - 2/8/19

Requires that day-care centers install and operate video surveillance of all areas where children are present, except bathrooms.
SB 708 State Sen. Judith Zaffirini Filed - 2/8/19 Mandates that HHSC collect, compile and publish any reported incidents at licensed day-care centers that involve threats to the health, safety or welfare of a child.
SB 725 State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. Filed - 2/8/19 Changes a proposed pre-K pilot program from a Texas border county school, to one that operates an early high school graduation program.
HB 1431 State Rep. Bobby Guerra Filed - 2/4/19 Establishes a division within the licensing division dedicated to investigating unlicensed child-care facilities and bringing them into compliance.
HB 1763 State Rep. Cesar J. Blanco Filed - 2/13/19 Adds children of school district employees to those eligible for prekindergarten.
HB 1808 State Rep. Eddie Lucio III Filed - 2/14/19 Requires Texas minimum standards for physical activity and screen time in certain child-care facilities and homes be aligned to American Academy of Pediatrics standards, and nutrition standards to be aligned with USDA standards.
SB 832 State Sen. Beverly Powell Filed - 2/14/19 Defines sources of funding for the Texas prekindergarten program fund to be outside the general revenue fund and be used only to support grants to implement or expand prekindergarten programs.