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30005075 - Universal Pre-Kindergarten
Data Current as of:  8/19/2015

Account Description FY2015
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 of early education and care; provided further, that preference in awarding grants shall be given to the programs which demonstrate affordability for middle class and working class parents according to standards established by the department; and provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, any payment made under any such grant with a school district shall be deposited with the treasurer of such city, town or regional school district and held as a separate account and shall be expended by the school committee of such city, town or regional school district without municipal appropriation,
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