Governor Charles D. Baker's Budget Recommendation - House 1 Fiscal Year 2018

Department of Early Education and Care




Fiscal Year 2018 Resource Summary ($000)
DEPARTMENT FY 2018
Budgetary
Recommendation
FY 2018
Federal, Trust,
and ISF
FY 2018
Total
Spending
FY 2018
Budgetary
Non-Tax Revenue
Department of Early Education and Care 568,030 16,051 584,082 204,324

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account description amount
DEPARTMENT OF EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE 584,081,878
Budgetary Recommendation 568,030,468
Direct Appropriations 567,868,575
3000-1000 DEPARTMENT OF EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE
For the administration of the department of early education and care; provided, that notwithstanding chapter 66A of the General Laws, the department of early education and care, 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, the disabled persons protection commission, the district attorneys' offices, 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 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 is provided in a manner that meets all applicable federal and state privacy and security requirements
5,686,617
3000-1020 QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
For early education and care quality supports to improve and sustain educational quality among providers of early education and care and to assist early educators and providers in attaining higher levels of proficiency, skill, and quality; provided, that funding may be used to incentivize public-private partnerships to implement reforms that lead to student success; provided further, that said partnership funding shall be administered in coordination with the department of elementary and secondary education, and preference shall be given to partnerships serving high percentages of high-needs students; provided further, that supports funded through this item shall include, but not be limited to, program quality improvements related to meeting the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) standards; provided further, 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 may support the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program, early childhood mental health consultation services, and inclusive learning environments grants; provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any payment made to 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; and provided further, that supports funded through this item may include, but not be limited to, development and purchase of curriculum, development and implementation of early childhood assessment systems, incentives for programs to recruit, develop, and retain highly qualified educators, and payment of fees and direct assistance to programs seeking accreditation by agencies approved by the board of early education and care
31,962,455
3000-1042 CENTER-BASED CHILD CARE RATE INCREASE
For a reimbursement rate increase for center-based subsidized early education and care and for salaries, benefits, and stipends for professional development of early educators or programmatic quality improvements
7,000,000
3000-2000 ACCESS MANAGEMENT
For regional administration and coordination of services provided by child care resource and referral services
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
1,074,106
3000-3060 SUPPORTIVE AND TANF CHILD CARE
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 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 the following: (i) recipients of transitional aid to families with dependent children; (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 of these activities, 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 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 prior fiscal years by reducing payments to those providers for services related to this item rendered in fiscal year 2018; 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 and the secretary of administration and finance at least 10 days before the transfer; and provided further, that all children eligible for services under this item shall receive those services
223,198,540
3000-4060 CHILD CARE ACCESS
For income-eligible early education and care programs; provided, that teen parents and homeless families 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 early education and care services 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 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 prior fiscal years by reducing payments to those providers for services related to this item rendered in fiscal year 2018; and provided further, that the commissioner of early education and care may transfer funds to this item from items 3000-1000 and 3000-3060, 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 and the secretary of administration and finance at least 10 days before the transfer
255,389,495
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
3000-7000 CHILDREN'S TRUST FUND
For the children's trust fund, including parental education and home visiting programs for at-risk newborns; provided, that if the appropriation is sufficient, services may be made available to all parents under 21 years of age; provided further, that the department shall collaborate with the children's trust fund, when appropriate, to coordinate services provided through this item with services provided through item 3000-7050 to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department; and provided further, that priority for services shall be given to low-income parents
14,340,052
3000-7050 SERVICES FOR INFANTS AND PARENTS
For grants to provide coordinated family and community engagement services at the local level; provided, that services may include, but not be limited to, individual or community-wide early literacy activities, family education and engagement initiatives, coordination of services among community-based programs serving families, and collaborative activities among and between public schools or community-based early education and care providers and families; provided further, that family and community engagement activities funded through this item shall provide comprehensive support services for children ages birth to third grade through family support programming and referrals to comprehensive service providers; provided further, that the department shall, to the maximum extent feasible, coordinate services provided through this item with services provided through item 3000-7000 in order to ensure that parents receiving services through this item are aware of all opportunities available to them and their children through the department; provided further, that eligible recipients for the grants shall include, but not be limited to, family centers, 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 agencies; and provided further, that the department shall take steps to streamline activities and programs funded through this item
13,441,999
Retained Revenues161,893
3000-7040 EEC CONTINGENCY CONTRACT RETAINED REVENUE
For the department of early education and care, which may expend not more than $161,893 for contingency fee 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 or regulation 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
161,893

account description amount
Federal Grant Spending 16,036,410
3000-0707 HEAD START COLLABORATION
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Head Start Collaboration
175,000
3000-4001 PRESCHOOL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS-EXPANSION
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Preschool Development Grants-Expansion
15,590,877
3000-8021 CCDBG IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH AND PLANNING GRANT
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, CCDBG Implementation Research and Planning Grant
50,000
3000-9003 CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION
For the purposes of a federally funded grant entitled, Child Abuse Prevention
220,533

account description amount
Trust Spending 15,000
4130-0009 CHILDREN'S TRUST FUND 15,000


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