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Budget Summary FY2016

30007050 - Services for Infants and Parents
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015





Account Description FY2015
Spending
FY2016
GAA
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 28, 2015 in order to allow a full year of service for families involved in the 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 of early education and care and professional development courses; provided further, that eligible recipients for such grants shall include, but not be limited to, community partnership councils, the Massachusetts Family Networks program, municipal school districts, regional school districts, educational collaboratives, the home-based, school readiness and family support program known as the parent-child home program, head start programs, school readiness and family support programs, licensed child care 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 Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS); provided further, that not less than $4,000,000 shall be expended to support program quality improvements as measured by the QRIS including, but not limited to: (a) ongoing alignment of standards and measurements for the QRIS with federally recognized program quality indicators; (b) facilitating accountability and monitoring practices including, but not limited to: classroom observations, document verification and self-assessments; (c) educator and program supports including technical assistance, trainings, workforce development, mentoring and access to educator resources; (d) fiscal supports to help programs achieve higher tiered program quality ratings within the QRIS; (e) resources to educate families and consumers on the QRIS and high-quality early education and care programming; and (f) that not less than $1,000,000 shall be expended for direct grants to early education and school age programs participating in the Massachusetts QRIS that are actively engaged in efforts to achieve level 3 and level 4 in order to improve quality in the early education and school age system of care; provided further, that the department shall encourage and support early childhood education and care providers to obtain associate and bachelor degrees through professional development programs including, but not limited to, the building careers program model; provided further, that the department shall take steps to streamline activities and programs funded through this item; and provided further, that the department may expend funds from this item on grants for supplemental services for children with individualized education
17,464,890 21,314,890