Children and families

Requires the University of Hawaii to develop standards to measure
child development outcomes; makes appropriation to UH for
purchase of health and human services contracts.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Chapter 304, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended
 2 by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to
 3 read as follows:
 4      "304-    Child development.  (a)  The University of Hawaii,
 5 with the assistance of the department of health and the
 6 department of education, shall establish standards to measure
 7 child development outcomes.  The standards shall reflect that a
 8 child should:
 9      (1)  Thrive physically from birth and have access to good
10           health care;
11      (2)  Have a safe home, school, and community environment;
12      (3)  Form positive relationships with at least one caring
13           adult and supportive friendships with peers;
14      (4)  Be prepared for and succeed in school by having
15           developmentally nurturing care and early education
16           opportunities, meeting age-appropriate knowledge and
17           competencies, and graduating from high school;
18      (5)  Be culturally aware and appreciate diversity;
19      (6)  Choose responsible behaviors, including self-respect

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 1           and respect for others;
 2      (7)  Refrain from drug use;
 3      (8)  Refrain from sexual activity;
 4      (9)  Refrain from illegal activity; and
 5     (10)  Develop marketable skills to enable a successful
 6           transition to adulthood.
 7      (b)  For purposes of subsection (a), the university may
 8 request advice from community service organizations or nonprofit
 9 entities that are engaged in childhood education and development.
10      (c)  The university shall publish, or cause to be published
11 through a contract, a biennial public report tracking the State's
12 children and youth in achieving the child development outcomes
13 under subsection (a)."
14      SECTION 2.  There is appropriated out of the general
15 revenues of the State of Hawaii, the sum of $          , or so
16 much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 1999-2000, for
17 the University of Hawaii at Manoa to make purchases under chapter
18 103F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for the purpose of collecting data
19 and obtaining services from nonprofit organizations to assist the
20 university in its responsibilities to establish standards to
21 measure child development outcomes.
22      SECTION 3.  The sum appropriated shall be expended by the
23 University of Hawaii for the purposes of this Act.

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 1      SECTION 4.  New statutory material is underscored.
 2      SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval;
 3 provided that section 2 shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
 5                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________