As the early childhood education reform bills (SB578/HB1012) continue to move towards passage at the General Assembly, we wanted to share more detail of the proposed transition timeline for early childhood programs to transition from the Department of Social Services to the Department of Education. This proposed timeline will help stakeholders better anticipate how changes may impact their areas of work.
The House version of the legislation (HB1012- Bulova) added detail that state agencies and others would create a transition workgroup to ensure a smooth workplan and operations transitions between the two agencies.
*Please note that these are the current proposals as of 2/11/20 and could be revised as we move closer to implementation. *
Results of Transition:
April 2020: VDSS & VDOE finalize MOU for transitioning staff; Current VDSS Quality staff and existing contracts transfer to VDOE; VDOE begins hiring additional transition staff in collaboration with VDSS
June 2020: All Quality staff at VDOE (including Head Start Collaboration Office); Begin review of quality contracts; VDOE begins transition workgroup with relevant agency staff and representatives from the Office of Planning and Budget, the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees, and the Board of Education.
August 2020: Plan for federal CCDF funds transition due
October 2020: VDSS & VDOE finalize transition MOU; ECAC begins work
December 2020: Update on transition plan to the GA; DOE begins recruiting for any vacancies (VDSS staff indicating that will not transition) for start date of 6/29.
May 2021: ECAC begins review of guidelines for unified measurement system and practice year
June 2021: Quality contracts aligned at VDOE for practice year; All licensing and central office staff move to VDOE
July 2021: VDOE official oversight of licensing, subsidy and CCDF funds
December 2021: Follow-up report on transition due to the GARead More Blog Posts