On April 9, the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means released its fiscal year 2015 state budget proposal. The recommendation includes $515.25 million for the Department of Early Education and Care and its programs, which is less than Governor Patrick’s proposal, and a modest increase relative to FY14 appropriation levels. More resources are needed for high-quality early education, and your voice can make a difference.
Massachusetts readers – Contact your state representative today to support early education amendments to the state budget, and help secure additional funding for young children’s early learning and school readiness.
Legislators have filed several amendments to the Ways and Means budget that would devote significant additional funding to early education and care. These include amendments for serving additional children on the state’s Income Eligible waitlist, creating new pre-kindergarten classrooms in underperforming districts, increasing early educator salaries and benefits, and many more. See below for a list of amendments.
The House begins debating the state budget on Monday, April 28. Contact your representative today! For more information on the FY15 budget, please visit our website.
Early education and care amendments to the House FY15 Budget:
#900 Early Childhood Education Waitlist – Rep. Livingstone lead sponsor.
Increases Income Eligible waitlist support by $7.5 million, which would provide early education access to an additional 1,250 children currently on the state’s waitlist.
#923 K1 Classroom Grant Program and Universal Early Education in Underperforming School Districts – Rep. Decker lead sponsor.
Provides $2.5 million for new local grants to expand pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds in underperforming districts. Grants would be developed jointly by the Department of Early Education and Care and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
#941 Early Education and Care Salary Rate Reserve – Reps. Chan and Binienda lead sponsors.
Provides $22.6 million for early educator salaries, benefits, and professional development, through a rate increase for subsidized early education and care programs.
#1012 Full Day Kindergarten Transition Funding – Rep. Dykema lead sponsor,
#767 An Amendment For Kindergarten Expansion Grants – Rep. Kuros lead sponsor, and
#813 Kindergarten Expansion Grants – Rep. Hecht lead sponsor.
These amendments increase funding for grants to school districts to provide high-quality full-day kindergarten.
#356 Early Education & Care Administration – Rep. Peisch lead sponsor.
Provides an additional $409,000 for administrative support at the Department of Early Education and Care.
#758 Parent Child Home Program – Rep. Keenan lead sponsor.
Restores a $2 million cut under House Ways and Means to line item 3000-7050, funding critical Early Education and Care programs for family engagement and educator professional development.
#413 DEEC-DCF Transportation Monitors and Case Management – Rep. Kocot lead sponsor.
Provides an additional $21.1 million for a transportation rate adjustment to fund adult monitors on vehicles transporting children in the department of children and families caseload.
#517 Childcare and Referral Services Amendment – Rep. Naughton, Jr. lead sponsor.
Provides an additional $1.4 million for early education and care resource and referral agencies.
#782 DEEC – Early Education and Child Care Services for TAFDC Families – Rep. Khan lead sponsor.
Provides an additional $3 million for early education and care access for children in eligible families.
#812 Head Start – Rep. Schmid lead sponsor.
Increases state support for Head Start and Early Head Start by $1.9 million.
#914 DEEC Supportive Early Education and Child Care – Rep. Khan lead sponsor.
Provides an additional $1.5 million for early education and care access for eligible children.
#958 Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) – Rep. Decker lead sponsor.
Provides $2.5 million for the information technology costs of implementing a quality rating improvement system for early education and care in the commonwealth.
#771 Foundation Budget Review Commission – Rep. O’Connell lead sponsor.
For a commission to review calculation methods for the foundation budget for education, including calculations for preschool programs for all 3 and 4 year-olds and full-day kindergarten among other priority areas.