Governor Deval Patrick's Budget Recommendation - House 2 Fiscal Year 2009

Governor's Budget Recommendation FY 2009

3000-5075 - Universal Pre-Kindergarten

Account Description FY2008
House 2
3000-5075 Universal Pre-Kindergarten
For the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program; provided, that funds from this item shall be expended to implement a program of universally accessible early education and care for children from the age of 2 years and 9 months until they are kindergarten-eligible, through a mixed system of service delivery; provided further, that participating programs shall meet quality criteria established by the board of early education and care; provided further, that payment shall be made directly to programs for quality grants; provided further, that preference may be given to establishing preschool for low-income children in towns and cities with schools and districts at-risk of or determined to be under-performing under sections 1J and 1K of chapter 69 of the General Laws and in districts with a high percentage of students scoring in level 1 and 2 on the MCAS exams; provided further, that funds may also be used to leverage and enhance community-wide capacity building efforts within statewide parameters established by the board; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any grant funds distributed from this item to a city, town or regional school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of the city, town, or regional school district and held in a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of the city, town or regional school district without further appropriation; and provided further, that up to 3 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item may be expended for administrative costs of this initiative
7,138,739 22,138,739

Increased funding to support education initiative.


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