SB629 - Create the "More for Four" pilot program, providing grants to a maximum of 25 pre-kindergarten pilot programs
||Create the "More for Four" pilot program, providing grants to a maximum of 25 pre-kindergarten pilot programs
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|LR Number:||0808S.01I ||Fiscal Note:||0808-01|
|Last Action:||03/03/03 - Second Read and Referred S Education Committee ||Journal page:||S359 |
|Effective Date:||August 28, 2003 |
SB 629 - This act creates the "More for Four" pilot program.
Subject to appropriation, the Department of Elementary &
Secondary Education (DESE) will provide grants to a maximum of
twenty-five pre-kindergarten pilot programs, affecting a maximum
of 1,500 children statewide in each year of the pilot program.
The program will provide classroom settings within public
schools, head start centers, and community-based childcare
centers and preschools. Parents will be allowed to choose where
to enroll their child by working with the local school district
and such services located within the boundaries of such school
DESE will collaborate with other state agencies in
developing standards for the program. Also, DESE will develop
standards for the program and criteria for sponsorship selection
for the program.
Priority will be given to four-year old children who are not
receiving any services and to those children who are eligible for
financial assistance for services but who are not receiving any
assistance. DESE shall determine other criteria as to
participation among school districts and at-risk children, and
shall submit a report of the effectiveness of the more for four
The More for Four Program shall expire August 28, 2008.