SB629 - Create the "More for Four" pilot program, providing grants to a maximum of 25 pre-kindergarten pilot programs
SB 0629 Create the "More for Four" pilot program, providing grants to a maximum of 25 pre-kindergarten pilot programs
Sponsor:Coleman Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number:0808S.01I Fiscal Note:0808-01
Committee:Education
Last Action:03/03/03 - Second Read and Referred S Education Committee Journal page:S359
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Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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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 district.

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 program.

The More for Four Program shall expire August 28, 2008.
DONALD THALHUBER