Over the past quarter, many projects and programs have been completed or have made significant progress. As of September 30, 2011, over 300 projects have been fully completed. The following are some highlights from Recovery Act projects that were completed between July 1 and September 30, 2011. For more information on individual projects and programs, and to see stories from the past two years of economic recovery in Massachusetts, please visit www.mass.gov/recovery
- The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care funded various initiatives through the Child Care Development Fund. These included the delivery of assistance to low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education. The fund was awarded over $23 million to provide child care financial assistance to low-income working families and to fund activities to improve the quality of child care. This amount doubled the discretionary CCDF federal award received by the Commonwealth. In addition, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care used these funds to increase access to and improve the quality of early childhood programs. There have been over 47,000 direct beneficiaries from this program - to the children, their families, and childcare providers. These recipients have benefited from the availability of increased access to early education and care, and access to training and mentoring services. In addition, families benefited from a new easily accessible waitlist system that was developed and implemented with ARRA funds.
- Reconstruction and signal upgrades on Pulaski Boulevard in Bellingham have been completed. The project, which was awarded more than $9 million, has improved traffic safety and operations for motorists and pedestrians. The improvements for Pulaski Boulevard included widening the roadway, rehabilitating the pavement, improving the signals, and providing pedestrian safety improvements. This project also included the intersection of Wrentham Road and Paine Street for a total project length of 2.2 miles.
ARRA also provided funding for dislocated workers through programs supported through the Workforce Investment Act. The Recovery Act provided $20.5 million to assist eligible dislocated workers with job counseling, job placement, and education and training resources. In particular, dislocated workers received intensive case management, skill assessment and job counseling services through 34 of the Commonwealth's One-Stop Career Centers.