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Budget Summary FY2016

Department of Early Education and Care
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015





FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2016
Conference
FY2016
Vetoes
FY2016
Overrides
FY2016
GAA
Department of Early Education and Care Administration 13,720 0 0 13,720
EEC Assessment 300 -300 300 300
Access Management 6,675 -300 300 6,675
Children's Trust Fund Operations 1,277 0 0 1,277
Supportive and TANF Childcare 221,607 -1,700 0 219,907
Birth through Pre School 12,000 -2,000 2,000 12,000
Child Care Access 252,945 0 0 252,945
Grants to Head Start Programs 9,100 0 0 9,100
Universal Pre-Kindergarten 7,400 0 0 7,400
Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative 500 -500 500 500
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services 750 0 0 750
Children's Trust Fund 14,570 0 0 14,570
EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue 200 0 0 200
Services for Infants and Parents 21,315 0 0 21,315
Reach Out and Read 1,000 -300 300 1,000
TOTAL    563,359 -5,100 3,400 561,659

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DEPARTMENT OF EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE 561,659,356
 
Direct Appropriations
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 age and 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, 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; and provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements
13,719,920
3000-1050 EEC Assessment
For an assessment of the provision of childcare supports funded in items 3000-3060, 3000-4040 and 3000-4060; provided, that the assessment shall be directed by a nonprofit research organization with demonstrated experience assessing the business practices, service delivery and financial systems of state-subsidized childcare programs; provided further, that the department shall consider the research and assessment conducted through this item to be a continuation and expansion of the research authorized by item 1599-0500 of section 2 of chapter 38 of the acts of 2013; provided further, that the goals of the assessment shall be: (i) to identify promising practices and alternative strategies used by other states in the design and administration of a blended-funding system using both contracts and vouchers; (ii) to explore the implications for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of contracts and vouchers in the commonwealth's childcare subsidy system; and (iii) to examine childcare subsidy policies and processes and other related policies that affect childcare providers' availability and willingness to serve children in the early education and care subsidy system with either contracts or vouchers; provided further, that the nonprofit organization directing the assessment may partner with other entities with expertise in state-subsidized childcare systems in order to complete all aspects of the assessment; provided further, that the organization conducting the assessment shall provide to the house and senate committees on ways and means, not later than March 1, 2016, a report on the progress to date, obstacles encountered and preliminary findings; and provided further, that any unexpended funds appropriated for this item shall not revert but shall be made available for purposes of this item until June 30, 2017
300,000
3000-2000 Access Management
For the regional administration and coordination of services provided by child care resource and referral agencies
6,675,311
3000-2050 Children's Trust Fund Operations
For the administration of the Children's Trust Fund, established pursuant to section 50 of chapter 10 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall not exercise any supervision or control with respect to the board of the trust fund
1,276,519
3000-3060 Supportive and TANF Childcare
For early education and care services for children with active cases at the department of children and families and for families currently involved with or transitioning from transitional aid to families with dependent children; provided, that for children with active cases at the department of children and families, funds may be used to provide services during a transition period of 6 months upon the closure of the family's case; provided further, that in the case of families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children, early education and care shall be available without fees to the following: (i) former participants who are working for up to 1 year after termination of their benefits; (ii) participants who are working for up to 1 year after the transitional period; and (iii) 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 consideration 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 of these activities for at least the minimum number of hours required by regulations; provided further, that families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children shall not be charged fees for care provided under this item; provided further, that early education and care slots for families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children funded from this item shall be distributed geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that informal early education and care benefits for families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children 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 the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds to this item from items 3000-1000 and 3000-4060, as necessary, pursuant to an allocation plan, which shall detail by object class the distribution of the funds to be transferred and which the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means at least 30 days before the transfer; and provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive those services
219,907,383
3000-4040 Birth through Pre School
For costs associated with reducing the waitlist for income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that funds from this item may be transferred to item 3000-4060
12,000,000
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 geographically in a manner that provides fair and adequate access to early education and care for all eligible individuals; provided further, that the department may expend funds from this item on grants to support inclusive learning environments; provided further, that not more than 3 per cent of the funds appropriated in this item may be transferred in fiscal year 2016; provided further, that such plan shall be filed with the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on education, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means, and the secretary of administration and finance; and provided further, that nothwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any payment made under such a grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation,
252,944,993
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
9,100,000
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 for children from the age of 2 years and 9 months until they are kindergarten eligible; provided further, that funds may also be used to enhance community-wide capacity building efforts within statewide parameters established by the board of early education and care; 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 increase capacity to expand access to age-eligible children on the centralized waitlist maintained by the department of early education and care; provided further, that preference in awarding grants shall be given to the programs which demonstrate affordability for middle class and working class parents according to standards established by the department; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 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,
7,400,000
3000-6025 Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
For grants in fiscal year 2016 to support planning activities in cities, towns, regional school districts or educational collaboratives currently providing pre-kindergarten or preschool opportunities, to expand pre-kindergarten or preschool opportunities on a voluntary basis to children ages 2 years and 9 months to 3 years and 11 months old; provided, that planning grants shall be awarded through a competitive process established by the department of early education and care utilizing the Massachusetts Preschool Expansion Grant public-private partnership model; provided further, that preference shall be given in awarding these funds to districts serving high percentages of high-needs students; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, funds distributed from this item shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town, regional school district or educational collaborative and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town, regional school district or educational collaborative without further appropriation
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 the 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 21 years of age; 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
14,570,340
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
21,314,890
3000-7070 Reach Out and Read
For Reach Out and Read, Inc.; 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
1,000,000

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Retained Revenues
3000-7040 EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue
For the department of early education and care, which may expend not more than $200,000 for contingency contracts related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs in its capacity as the single state agency under Part E of Title IV of the Social Security Act; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, these contingency contracts shall not exceed 3 years except with prior review and approval by the executive office for administration and finance; and provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of retained revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system
200,000

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