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Budget Summary FY2014

Department of Early Education and Care
Data Current as of:  9/11/2013





FISCAL YEAR 2014 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2014
Conference
FY2014
Vetoes
FY2014
Overrides
FY2014
GAA
Department of Early Education and Care Administration 12,845 0 0 12,845
Access Management 5,874 0 0 5,874
Children's Trust Fund Operations 1,065 0 0 1,065
STEM Pre-School 250 0 0 250
Supportive Child Care 76,991 0 0 76,991
Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Related Child Care 128,063 0 0 128,063
Child Care Access 214,341 0 0 214,341
Early Education Provider Quality Investments 150 0 0 150
Pre School Initiative 15,000 0 0 15,000
Grants to Head Start Programs 8,100 0 0 8,100
Universal Pre-Kindergarten 7,500 0 0 7,500
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services 750 0 0 750
Children's Trust Fund 10,484 0 0 10,484
Services for Infants and Parents 18,165 0 0 18,165
Reach Out and Read 800 0 0 800
TOTAL    500,378 0 0 500,378 0  

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DEPARTMENT OF EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE 514,256,135
3000-1000 Department of Early Education and Care Administration
For the administration of the department of early education and care and the costs of field operations and licensing provided through the department; provided, that the department shall report on the first business day of each month to the joint committee on education, the joint committee on children, families and persons with disabilities, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance on the unduplicated number of children on waiting lists for state-subsidized early education and care programs and services, including supportive childcare services; provided further, that notwithstanding chapter 66A of the General Laws, the department of early education and care, the lead agencies of community partnership councils, the child care resource and referral agencies, the department of elementary and secondary education, the department of transitional assistance, the department of children and families, the department of housing and community development, the Children's Trust Fund and the department of public health, specifically early intervention, may share with each other personal data regarding the parents and children who receive services provided under early education and care programs administered by the commonwealth for waitlist management, program implementation and evaluation, reporting and policy development purposes; provided further, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded by the department by category of eligibility, including children who have been the subject of supported cases pursuant to section 51A of chapter 119 of the General Laws, children referred by or transitioning from the department of children and families and children of income-eligible families; provided further, that said reports shall include the number of recipients subject to subsection (f) of section 110 of chapter 5 of the acts of 1995; provided further, the department shall assign staff to collect and report on enhanced data tracking of clients of early education and care services as provided for in line items 3000-3050, 3000-4050, 3000-4060,and 3000-4070;provided further, the department shall submit a report no later than December 6, 2013 to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the progress of collecting and analyzing data to track (a) the eligibility of clients at the point of application; (b) the reason for attrition from services; (c) improved methodology for forecasting the use of available funds to maximize the number of placements that are supported by state appropriations; and (d) proximity of clients in care and waiting for care to the nearest licensed early education provider; provided further, that the department shall work with the department of public health, the department of elementary and secondary education, the executive office of education and the executive office of health and human services on a data sharing pilot program to issue a state assigned student identifier to children participating in early intervention services with the goal of tracking and evaluating educational and developmental outcomes for those children, improving delivery of services and determining any special education or cost savings associated with the early intervention program; provided further, that the participation of a family in any pilot program shall be contingent upon informed consent; provided further, that the department of early education and care shall provide the caseload forecasting office with enrollment data and any other information pertinent to caseload forecasting that is requested by the office on a monthly basis; provided further, however, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds from items 3000-4050 and 3000-4060 into items 3000-3050, 3000-4050 and 3000-4060; provided further, that the total transfers from any 1 item shall not exceed 3 per cent of the item's total funding; provided further, that the commissioner shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means at least 30 days before any such transfer; provided further, that the department shall convene a group of internal and external constituents to conduct an assessment of childcare licensing policies, procedures and regulations to propose and add best practices relative to risk assessment, differential licensing, integration of quality support efforts through licensing practices and policies which ensure the health, safety and quality of early educational opportunities for all children in licensed childcare facilities in the commonwealth; provided further, that such review shall also include an assessment of the department's information technology infrastructure's capabilities to capture and provide data essential to licensing best practices as well as a review of staffing capacity to introduce and monitor best practices in the commonwealth; provided further, the assessment shall begin no later than October 1, 2013; and provided further, that the assessment shall be submitted to the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education not later than March 31, 2014
12,844,972
3000-2000 Access Management
For the regional administration and coordination of services provided by child care resource and referral agencies
5,873,862
3000-2050 Children's Trust Fund Operations
For the administration of the Children's Trust Fund; provided, that the department shall not exercise any supervision or control with respect to the board of the trust fund
1,065,473
3000-3000 STEM Pre-School
For the implementation of a competitively bid grant program for the development of innovative curriculum in preschool programs for children from the age of 2 years and 9 months until they are kindergarten eligible; provided, that such program shall provide a matching amount equal to $1 for every $1 disbursed from this item; provided further, that innovative curriculum for purposes of this item shall include, but not be limited to, the introduction to and the advancement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in preschool aged children; provided further, that the program shall be chosen through a single competitive process and that grant funds shall be dispersed not later than November 28, 2013 to cover costs expended between August 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014; and provided further, that funds may be expended through August 31, 2014 to allow for summer programming
250,000
3000-3050 Supportive Child Care
For supportive early education and care services; provided, that funds from this item shall only be expended for early education and care costs of children with active cases at the department of children and families; provided further, that the department of early education and care, in collaboration with the department of children and families, shall maintain a centralized list detailing the number of children eligible for services in this item, the number of supportive slots filled and the number of supportive slots available; provided further, that funds may be used to provide services during a transition period of 6 months for families upon the closure of their case; and provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive those services
76,991,445
3000-4050 Temporary Assistance for Needy Family Related Child Care
For financial assistance for families currently involved with or transitioning from transitional aid to families with dependent children to enroll in an early education and care program; provided, that early education and care shall be available to former participants who are working for up to 1 year after termination of their benefits; provided further, that post-transitional early education and care benefits shall be provided to participants who are working for up to 1 year after the transitional period; provided further, that the department shall issue monthly reports detailing the number and average cost of voucher and contracted slots funded from this item and item 3000-3050; provided further, that the department may provide early education and care benefits to parents who are under 18 years of age, who are currently enrolled in a job training program, and who would qualify for benefits under chapter 118 of the General Laws but for the deeming of the grandparents' income; provided further, that all teens eligible for year-round, full-time early education and care services shall be participating in school, education, work and training-related activities or a combination thereof for at least the minimum number of hours required by regulations; provided further, that recipients shall not be charged fees for care provided under this item; provided further, that early education and care slots funded from this item shall be distributed in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals in every area of the commonwealth; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits may be funded from this item; and provided further, that not more than $2 per child per hour shall be paid for the services
128,063,499
3000-4060 Child Care Access
For income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that teen parents at risk of becoming eligible for transitional aid to families with dependent children may be paid from this item; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits for families meeting income-eligibility criteria may be funded from this item; provided further, that not more than $2 per child per hour shall be paid for the services; provided further, that early education and care slots funded from this item shall be distributed in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals in every area of the commonwealth; provided further, that the department may expend funds from this item on grants to support inclusive learning environments; provided further, that any unexpended funds up to $8,500,000 appropriated for this item in fiscal year 2013 shall not revert but shall be made available for the purposes of this item until June 30, 2014; and provided further, that any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary
214,340,742
3000-4065 Early Education Provider Quality Investments
For the hiring of a consultant or institution with documented expertise in policy and research of early education and care, to be selected by the special commission on early education services, as established by section 168
150,000
3000-4070 Pre School Initiative
For costs associated with reducing the waitlist for income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that funds from this account may be transferred to item 3000-4060
15,000,000
3000-5000 Grants to Head Start Programs
For grants to head start programs; provided, that funds from this item may be expended on early head start programs; and provided further, that not later than September 2, 2013 the department shall provide to the house and senate committees on ways and means a spending plan for this item for fiscal year 2014 and a comparison with the spending plan for fiscal year 2013
8,100,000
3000-5075 Universal Pre-Kindergarten
For the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program; provided, that funds from this item shall be expended on grants to improve the quality of and expand access to preschool programs and services to children from the age of 2 years and 9 months until they are kindergarten eligible; provided further, that in awarding grant funds under this program, preference shall be given to establishing preschool classrooms in towns and cities with schools and districts at risk of or determined to be under-performing in accordance with sections 1J and 1K of chapter 69 of the General Laws, schools and districts which have been placed in the accountability status of identified for improvement, corrective action or restructuring pursuant to departmental regulations or which have been designated commonwealth priority schools or commonwealth pilot schools pursuant to said regulations, schools or districts with a high percentage of students scoring in levels 1 and 2 on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams or programs which serve children not less than 50 per cent of whom are from families earning at or below 85 per cent of the state median income; provided further, that funds may also be used to enhance community-wide capacity building efforts within statewide parameters established by the board; provided further, that any newly-funded programs designated as Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program participants shall fall within the quality standards established by the Massachusetts quality rating and improvement system; provided further, that programs receiving grant funds may use the funds to enhance teacher and staff quality and compensation, enhance program quality through participation in the Massachusetts quality rating and improvement system, enhance program ability to interpret and use assessment data effectively, enhance developmentally-appropriate practices, incorporate ancillary services into the program, facilitate or provide access to wrap-around services for working families or to increase capacity to expand access to age-eligible children on the centralized waitlist maintained by the department; provided further, that preference shall be given in awarding grants to those programs which demonstrate affordability for middle class and working class parents according to standards to be developed by the department; and provided further, that any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary
7,500,000
3000-6075 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services
For early childhood mental health consultation services in early education and care programs in the commonwealth; provided, that preference shall be given to those services designed to limit the number of expulsions and suspensions from said programs; and provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include community partnership councils, municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, head start programs, licensed childcare providers, child care resource and referral centers and other qualified entities
750,000
3000-7000 Children's Trust Fund
For statewide neonatal and postnatal home parenting education and home visiting programs for at-risk newborns to be administered by the Children's Trust Fund, established pursuant to section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that such services shall be made available statewide to parents under the age of 21; provided further, that the Children's Trust fund shall oversee the ongoing development and maintenance of a participant data system; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, priority for such services shall be given to low-income parents
10,483,563
3000-7050 Services for Infants and Parents
For the coordinated family and community engagement grant program, which shall establish a statewide network of supports for early education; provided, that the department shall distribute the grants not later than August 30, 2013, in order to allow a full year of service for families involved in these programs; provided further, that supports funded through this item shall include, but not be limited to, curriculum development, child assessment systems, activities that encourage providers to obtain associate and bachelor degrees, payment of fees and direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board and professional development courses; provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include, but not be limited to, the home-based, school readiness and family support program known as the parent-child home program, the Massachusetts Family Networks, community partnership councils, municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, head start programs, school readiness and family support programs, licensed childcare providers and child care resource and referral centers; provided further, that supports funded through this item shall be in alignment with the quality requirements of the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program and the development of the quality rating and improvement system; and provided further, that the department may expend funds from this item on grants for supplemental services for children with individualized education
18,164,890
3000-7070 Reach Out and Read
For Reach Out and Read, Inc., a research-proven, pediatric literacy intervention program, which trains doctors and nurse practitioners to provide advice to parents on reading aloud to children and books for children living in poverty and in underperforming school districts through programs established in community health centers, medical practices and hospitals; provided, that the funds distributed through Reach Out and Read, Inc. shall be contingent upon a match of not less than $1 in private or corporate contributions for every $1 in state grant funding; and provided further, that Reach Out and Read, Inc. shall issue a report to the department, the house and senate committees on ways and means and the joint committee on education not later than February 14, 2014 detailing program success in meeting measurable goals and benchmarks
800,000

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 13,877,689
3000-0708 FY07 Head Start
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, FY07 Head Start
175,000
3000-2010 Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge
13,130,689
3000-5050 State Advisory Council Grant-ARRA
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Head Start Advisory Council -ARRA
50,000
3000-9002 Child Abuse Prevention
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Child Abuse Prevention
522,000

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