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Budget Summary FY2015

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30005075 - Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Data Current as of:  10/17/2014

Account Description FY2014
3000-5075 Universal Pre-Kindergarten
For the Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program; provided, that funds from this item shall be expended on grants to improve the quality of and expand access to preschool programs and services for children from the age of 2 years and 9 months until they are kindergarten eligible; provided further, that funds may also be used to enhance community-wide capacity building efforts within statewide parameters established by the board of early education and care; provided further, that any newly-funded programs designated as Massachusetts universal pre-kindergarten program participants shall fall within the quality standards established by the Massachusetts quality rating and improvement system; provided further, that programs receiving grant funds may use the funds to enhance teacher and staff quality and compensation, enhance program quality through participation in the Massachusetts quality rating and improvement system, enhance program ability to interpret and use assessment data effectively, enhance developmentally appropriate practices, incorporate ancillary services into the program, facilitate or provide access to wrap-around services for working families or increase capacity to expand access to age-eligible children on the centralized waitlist maintained by the department; and provided further, that preference shall be given in awarding grants to those programs which demonstrate affordability for middle class and working class parents according to standards established by the department
7,472,763 7,500,000