Early Education Quality Improvement (3000-1020)
- $33,396,638 in House 2 (line item consolidation and $1M increase)
- consolidates (all 3000 accounts): (-1000)Dept of Early Ed and Care Admin--licensing staff ($6,754,471); (-3060) Supportive and TANF Childcare ($600,000); (-4060) Child Care Access--Inclusive Preschool Learning Grants ($9,019,276); (-5075) Universal Pre-K grants ($7,400,000); (-6075) Early Childhood Mental Health ($750,000); (-7050) Services for Infants and Parents [grants for educator quality and QRIS] ($7,872,890)
- the argument is to "recognize, align, and articulate" investment in quality improvement; to focus multiple grants and funding streams to a common goal; and "better document the need for additional funding" (!)
Early Literacy (7010-0031)
- $4,529,410 in House 2
- consolidates: (3000-7070) Reach Out and Read ($1M); (7009-6400) Gateway Cities ELL ($1.2M); (7010-0020) Bay State Reading Institute ($400,000); (7010-0033) Literacy Programs ($1,929,410)
- "to focus existing literacy funding on scalable programs that are proven to improve grade 3 and 4 ELA proficiency, especially for high needs children and ELL"
- funded through DESE but managed jointly with Early Ed
Quality K (7030-1002)
- $18,589,713 in House 2
- managed out of DESE, as now, but grant to be jointly developed with Early Ed
- "will now be distributed to all communities that have tuition-free, full-day kindergarten"
- communities that apply will get $350 per pupil for non-fee students "if their programs meet quality standards" (there were standards required previously, as well)