American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Update and Restructuring Proposal. September 2010. ARRA Activities - COMPLETE. Summer Only 2009 Up to $2.5M allocated ($636,714 spent ) This initiative supported “Summer Only” financial assistance to 701 children of working
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This initiative supported “Summer Only” financial assistance to 701 children of working
families (extended to 2010 program) which include children attending the Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education’s Commissioner’s Districts and children whose
siblings are already enrolled/receiving child care financial assistance from EEC.
This initiative supported the training of EEC staff to become reliable raters using the
Environmental Rating Scales.
This initiative supported: contracted providers in assuming the voucher assessment
process (up to $1.12M); reimbursement of CCR&Rs for the purpose of providing
transitional support and funded efficiency proposals(up to $1M ); and IT consultant
services to perform IT systems enhancements (up to $150,000).
This initiative supported the streamlining and improvement of information and referral
services provided to families and educators in Massachusetts through the competitive
procurement of a call center service for fiscal year 2010.
This initiative will support a two part model, which begins with training of providers that
serve infants and toddlers and then offers small grants to the trained programs to
implement an environment improvement project.
This initiative supported the development of Infant and Toddler Early Childhood
Program Guidelines that align with the Guidelines for Preschool Learning
Experiences. The consultant will gather information from national and
Massachusetts stakeholders with relevant experience to develop drafts of the
documents. The end product is a final set of standards and guidelines for release to
the early childhood field.
Up to $150,000 targeted for professional development opportunities and technical
assistance regarding early literacy for families and Family Child Care Educators serving
infants and toddlers. Providers that are serving at least one subsidized child, will receive a
developmentally and culturally appropriate collection of children's books.
Up to $25,000 to support a one‐time professional development conference and on-
going opportunities for reflective practice, in partnership with the Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), which will focused on closing the early
literacy proficiency gap within the pre‐kindergarten to age eight continuum.
Allocation of up to $12.2 million to open access for preschoolers on the waiting list. EEC
preliminarily anticipated that access could be opened for approximately 877 preschool children.
$135,000 supported CCR&R agencies for administration of this voucher initiative for three months.
REKEEP: Providing before and/or after school care for children who participated in the
Summer 2010 KEEP, are entering kindergarten in September, 2010 and continue to meet
the Department’s financial assistance requirements (i.e., income eligibility, service need,
etc.). Continuity of care for these children will be through ARRA financial assistance, to
begin in September, 2010 and continue through Summer 2011;
HS Wrap: Providing before and after school care for eligible preschoolers currently
enrolled in Head Start programs (i.e., wrap-around care) who will enter kindergarten in
September, 2011 and who meet the Department’s financial assistance requirements.
Wrap-around care for these children will be through ARRA vouchers beginning in
September, 2010 and continuing until late June, 2011. Eligible Head Start preschoolers
may then be eligible to receive a full-day voucher following the close of their Head Start
program through Summer 2011, if applicable; and
Monitoring: Use not more than 5 % of the resources to hire fiscal and programmatic monitors for ARRA
Intensive Summer Only Kindergarten Preparation (KEEP) ~$4M for the summers of FY10 and FY11
Supports an intensive kindergarten preparation program during the summers of 2010 and 2011
to address the achievement gap. This program will support preschool children entering
kindergarten who have not previously had access to high quality early education and care or are at
risk for summer learning loss.
18 month Voucher Program
1. PSCCE 2.(proposal to pay add-on rate for quality)
QRIS (proposal to add funds
Proposed: Up to $250,000 to extend program into FY11 for five regions
The goal of the Out-of-School Time Literacy and Learning Promotion grant is to
retain or increase students’ academic gains, particularly in the area of literacy,
by reinforcing their school day and year learning through high-impact activities
and effective curricula during the summer months and throughout the school
year This grant will support increasing OST programs’ capacity to implement
high-impact learning activities through partnerships with public school districts
for direct training, modeling of effective direct instructional practice and
coaching/feedback for staff.
Provided “Summer Only” child care financial assistance to the children of working
families (extension of 2009 program) which include children attending the
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Commissioner’s Districts
and children whose siblings are already enrolled/receiving child care financial
assistance from EEC.
Summer Voucher 2010
Summer Voucher 2009
Waitlist Solution (proposed)
PD Evaluation (proposal to add funds)
Birth-8 Study (proposed)
Out of School Time Learning (proposal to add funds)
Current: Up to $298,500 : This initiative will support workshops for key stakeholders on using evidence-based communications to change public perceptions; technical assistance on communications materials (review existing EEC publications and materials and revise to more effectively communicate a unified message that supports building a statewide birth to 8 early education and care system); study circles to deliver integrated technical assistance on changing the public conversation around the importance of early education and care; and will provide a creative brief that translates the findings from research on how to talk about early child development in a format relatable to the media and key stakeholders.
Proposed: Up to $200,000 to purchase collateral materials and products for distribution and TA on EEC website.
This initiative will support the provision of a 15 hour course (1.5 CEUs) in the CSEFEL
curriculum to enhance educators’ knowledge and skills for helping children develop social
and emotional competency and lessening challenging behaviors.
This initiative will support CFCE grantees to develop and implement a community based
strategic plan for meeting the needs of families with children birth to eight years old in
This initiative will support the delivery of comprehensive career development and training
services geared to the needs of the Spanish-speaking early education and care
professionals with limited English proficiency (up to $150,000); and 2) award $75,000 to
support a vendor to work directly with the Readiness Center Network to further
develop a statewide system to support increased access to higher education for early
educators with limited English proficiency
This initiative will support the development of three new data system initiatives including
1. an “early childhood information system” (ECIS) that incorporates the assignment of
unique child IDs, educator/staff IDs, and program IDs, linked with timely, accessible,
useful data to improve the effectiveness of both teaching and learning and increase
access to secondary data from multiple sources. Anticipated cost is $325,000-$400,000;
2. data analysis and research capability and to continue the agency’s
partnership/membership in the UMass (Lowell) Open Indicators data presentation tool
development and use. Data analysis of extant EEC data to be provided for at least 12
months at a cost of $100,000-$150,000 and membership in the Open Indicators data
collaborative at a cost of $75,000; and 3. establish an “early warning indicator system” as
called for in the Governor’s Readiness Cabinet data report, apply it to children younger
than five, and recommend state and local intervention and coordinated case
management ($100,000 to $125,000).
This initiative will support the implementation of the Quality Rating and Improvement
System (QRIS) by administering training and issuing quality improvement grants to eligible
programs that will allow them to progress to the next QRIS level; and programmatically
and fiscally monitoring a random sample of 15% of FY2010 QRIS Program Quality
Proposed: Up to an additional $1.9M to increase the grant award for the Quality Rating and Improvement System to provide targeted quality coaching to support FY2011 grantees in advancing their program’s quality level according to the QRIS.
Provider Reassessment Transition
Review of Business Model (proposal to fund initiative)
CCR&R Streamlining (proposal to fund initiative)
Expanding the KEEP Model using PSCEE