EEC Management Bulletin
EMB FY 2011-04

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Subject:ARRA Preschool Child Care Education Program Update
Date Issued:October 29, 2010
Effective Date:Immediate
For Use By:EEC Contracted Providers, Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs), and Head Start Programs
Synopsis:Provides updated information on the Preschool Child Care Education Program.
Further Info:bulletinquestions@massmail.state.ma.us
Supersedes:Updates EMB FY2011-03 regarding access to the ARRA Preschool Child Care Education Program.

Introduction

The purpose of this Bulletin is to close access to the ARRA Preschool Child Care Education (PSCCE) program and PSCCE Quality Add-on Initiative. Due to the success of this program, access is immediately closed for both the PSCCE program and the PSCCE Quality Add-on Initiative. However, access for preschool children is open through regular income eligible vouchers and contract slots, until further notice.

Access to ARRA PSCCE Program

Access to the ARRA PSCCE Program and PSCCE Quality Add-on Initiative is closed, as EEC has reached capacity for enrollment. Income eligible access is now open to preschool children. Access also remains open for all other age groups through income eligible vouchers and contracts.

Please note that families who have received a funding availability letter for a PSCCE or PSCCE Quality voucher may continue with the enrollment process, but must be placed in a program with an enrollment date no later than Friday, November 26, 2010. Families who have received letters from a CCR&R alerting them to the availability of a PSCCE or PSCCE Quality voucher have 15 days to schedule an appointment with the CCR&R. Families within the 15 days to schedule an appointment may continue to do so. Enrollment for these families must be complete by November 26, 2010. Funding availability letters for PSCCE or PSCCE Quality vouchers should no longer be issued.

Contracted providers who have enrolled new children from the EEC wait list have until 4 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2010 to enter their PSCCE children and PSCCE Quality Add-on Initiative children into eCCIMS. EEC is unable to accept requests for exceptions to the enrollment closure.

Due to overwhelming demand for the PSCCE Quality Add-on Initiative, programs may not enroll a new child if a currently enrolled PSCCE Quality child leaves their program.


Information provided by the Department of Early Education and Care. Created: November 1, 2010.