Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative (CPPI)

Through CPPI, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) funds districts across the state to develop partnerships between school districts and local early education and care programs to expand access to high quality preschool within the district.

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CPPI grants are available to districts in high need communities to support local coordination and investment in access to high quality preschool. Initial grants support up to a year of planning with implementation grants following.

The grant program aims to provide 3 and 4-year-olds in a district with equitable access to high quality preschool, while ensuring families have multiple provider options to choose from across public and community-based classrooms. This levels the playing field for kindergarten readiness across the district, establishing coordinated curriculum and similar goals regardless of where a child is enrolled.

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Priority Areas

Communities are required to develop a program design and implement required services for at least one of the following priority goals:

  • Expansion of access to affordable quality preschool.

CPPI funding enables communities to make a significant investment in addressing local affordability via scholarships to or subsidizing care for participating families to enroll at no or low cost. It also supports communities to provide full day/full year services through the mix of public and community classrooms.

CPPI also funds additional resources such as mental health supports, social workers, community resources, and transportation for educators, leadership and caregivers in the community.

  • Building locally aligned quality.

CPPI helps communities coordinate, intentionally align, and strengthen curriculum, policies, assessments, professional development and job-embedded supports for educators across public and community-based classrooms. Importantly, it supports districts in standardizing the use of a high-quality preschool curriculum that integrates evidence-based practices in early literacy.

  • Equitable access to special education and inclusion.

CPPI supports program designs that ensure full inclusion of children with disabilities across all settings, ensuring that children with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) have access to require supports without necessary transitions or other barriers through an Itinerant Team model.


Governor and Lt. Governor high-fiving preschoolers

Governor Healey and Lt. Governor Driscoll high-fiving preschoolers at the Mystic Valley YMCA in Malden - a CPPI partner with Malden Public Schools.

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