This Bill appears to be a thinly veiled attempt to introduce psychiatrists into our early care and learning environments where they will be able to begin drugging children when they are mere toddlers! I seem to recall a Bill presented (which died) last year which attempted to do just that. This Bill looks like the same one just reworded.
I also have serious concerns over the language in this Bill, for example:
New Section. Sec. 1
“… significant social, emotional, or behavioral concerns”
“… challenging or concerning behaviors.”
New Section. Sec. 2§ 2 (b)
“hiring consultants with expertise who are knowledgeable in infant and early childhood development”
Challenging? Significant? Behavioral concerns? These terms are not clearly defined in this bill so that simple (and vague) language can be used to lull people to sleep when the real intention is to hire a "consultant." i.e a ‘psychiatrist-with-bag-of-drugs-in-tow’ I’m sure that you could put ten adults in a room with two toddlers and find that you come up with ten different levels of “challenge” and “concern.” It is one thing to have an expert on children and one experienced in dealing with young children. If the aim of this bill is to place a psychiatrist (as last year's bill did) into a position of consulting young children, then that is another, much more serious matter. To concerned parents and most people, concern over behavior does not mean placing the child on mind-altering drugs - which is the only reason you would have a psychiatrist involved, really.
Psychiatrists are legendary for turning “behaviors” into diseases or disorders for which they conveniently have drugs to prescribe. They prescribe these drugs to the exclusion of all other forms of treatment, if ‘treatment’ is even required in the first place. Perhaps the problem you are trying to solve is as simple as allowing children to be just that…children!