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Budget Summary FY2017

Department of Early Education and Care
Data Current as of:  8/9/2016





FISCAL YEAR 2017 BUDGET SUMMARY ($000)
ACCOUNT FY2017
Conference
FY2017
Vetoes
FY2017
Overrides
FY2017
GAA
Department of Early Education and Care Administration 5,667 -25 25 5,667
Quality Improvement 32,397 0 0 32,397
Access Management 6,675 0 0 6,675
Children's Trust Fund Operations 1,078 0 0 1,078
Supportive and TANF Childcare 228,438 -9,021 0 219,417
Child Care Access 252,454 0 0 252,454
Grants to Head Start Programs 9,100 0 0 9,100
Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative 200 -200 200 200
Children's Trust Fund 14,479 0 0 14,479
Multi-Generational Anti-Poverty Pilot 100 -100 100 100
EEC Contingency Contract Retained Revenue 170 0 0 170
Services for Infants and Parents 13,442 0 0 13,442
Reach Out and Read 1,000 -1,000 1,000 1,000
TOTAL    565,199 -10,346 1,325 556,178

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DEPARTMENT OF EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE 579,274,147
Direct Appropriations
3000-1000 Department of Early Education and Care Administration
For the administration of the department of early education and care; 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 child care 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 for items 3000-3060 and 3000-4060 delineated by age category; 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; provided further, that the information shall be provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements; and provided further, that not less than $25,000 shall be expended for East End House in Cambridge to support its childcare program
5,666,766
3000-1020 Quality Improvement
For quality investments in early education and care, including not less than $4,000,000 to be expended for training, research and grants related to the development of the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), of which not less than $2,000,000 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 early education and school age system of care; provided, that costs related to department personnel who support quality improvement may be funded from this item, including the department's licensing staff and other personnel who ensure compliance with state and federal requirements for inspections, monitoring and training; provided further, that funds from this item shall support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program, early childhood mental health consultation services and inclusive learning environments grants; 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, direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board and professional development courses; 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
32,396,637
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
1,077,989
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 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 for children with active cases at the department of children and families, funds may be used to provide services during a transition period of at least 12 months upon the closure of the family's case with the department of children and families; provided further, that in the case of families involved with transitional aid to families with dependent children, early education and care shall be available to: (i) recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children benefits; (ii) former participants who are working for up to 1 year after termination of their benefits; (iii) participants who are working for up to 1 year after the transitional period; and (iv) 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 thereof for at least the minimum number of hours required by regulations; provided further, that recipients of 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 services 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; provided further, that if the department determines that available appropriations for this program will be insufficient to meet projected expenses, the commissioner shall file with the house and senate committees on ways and means and the secretary of administration and finance a report detailing the amount of appropriation needed to address such deficiency; provided further, that reimbursements to providers for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item; provided further, that the department shall recoup funds owed by providers related to payments made by the department in the prior fiscal year by reducing payments to said provider for services related to this item rendered in fiscal year 2017; and provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive those services
219,416,837
3000-4060 Child Care Access
For income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that teen parents identified as likely to become 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 not more than 3 per cent of the funds appropriated in this item may be transferred in fiscal year 2017 as set forth in a plan submitted by the department; provided further, that said 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; provided further, that reimbursements to providers for services rendered in prior fiscal years may be expended from this item; provided further, that the department shall recoup funds owed by providers related to payments made by the department in the prior fiscal year by reducing payments to those providers for services related to this item rendered in fiscal year 2017; 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 the city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation, notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary
252,453,572
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
3000-6025 Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
For grants in fiscal year 2017 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; provided further, that preference for awarding implementation grants shall be given to communities awarded planning grants in the previous fiscal year or to communities participating in the federal preschool expansion grant program in the previous fiscal year; provided further, that further preference for awarding implementation grants shall be given to communities that provide at least a 1 to 1 match to funding provided through this item; provided further, that grant applicants shall submit a plan to the department detailing the capacity of the local early education and care system to implement such a program, proposed program design, resources needed to ensure high quality standards, input from stakeholders including parents and any other requirements prescribed by the department; 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; provided further that the department of early education and care shall report to the joint committee on education not later than October 15, 2016 the status of the Massachusetts Preschool Expansion Grant program, including but not limited to: summer assessment data of Preschool Expansion Grant students, classroom observation data and qualitative data from program leadership, staff and parents; and provided further, that said report shall also include information on the status of the Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative planning grants, including but not limited to a needs assessment, program design and anticipated costs
200,000
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 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
14,478,731
3000-7020 Multi-Generational Anti-Poverty Pilot
For a three-year family mentoring pilot program administered through a contractor to promote intergenerational economic self-sufficiency; provided, that the pilot program shall operate within existing service delivery systems including, but not limited to, after-school and out-of-school programs, head start, early head start, early intervention programs, maternal child health home visiting programs and community health programs, to provide additional support and mentoring; provided further, that the pilot program shall work with parents and children and other adults living in the home; provided further, that through integrated services, overarching pilot program goals for adults shall include: (i) an increase in financial resources including earned income; (ii) an increase in housing and family stability; and (iii) a reduction of debt and increased savings; provided further, that overarching pilot program goals for children shall include: (a) improved school performance or school readiness; and (b) improved executive functioning; provided further, that the selected contractor shall have demonstrated, with scientific research and metric-based evidence, successful outcomes in providing intergenerational programs; provided further, that preference shall be given to contractors with experience running programs with a home-visitation component; provided further, that caseload per mentor shall not exceed 20 families; provided further, that not less than $75,000 shall be expended for an evaluation of the effectiveness of the pilot program; and provided further, that any unexpended funds appropriated for this item shall not revert but shall be made available for the purposes of this item until June 30, 2019
100,000
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 no later than August 31, 2016, in order to allow a full year of service for families involved in these programs; 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, other 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; 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 plans
13,441,999
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 $170,000 for contingency contracts related to pursuing federal reimbursement or avoiding costs in its capacity as the single state agency under Title IV-E 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
170,000

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Federal Grant Spending 23,096,305
3000-0707 Head Start Collaboration
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Head Start Collaboration
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
7,380,305
3000-4001 PreSchool Development Grants-Expansion
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Preschool Development Grant: Expansion Grant
15,000,000
3000-9003 Child Abuse Prevention
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)
541,000

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