School Readiness Councils
Each municipality has a School Readiness Council (SRC) that’s responsible for making recommendations about the school readiness grant program. The SRC is jointly appointed and convened by the chief elected official (the mayor, for example) and the superintendent of schools.
SRC members include:
- The chief elected official or designee
- The superintendent of schools or a management-level staff person
- Parents and other interested community members
- Representatives from a range of programs that provide early education and child care
- Representatives from the community who provide services to children and their families — like librarians and healthcare providers
What is the process for allocating funds within a community?
The SRC issues a request for proposals to identify and fund high-quality local early care and education programs. After reviewing each proposal, the SRC purchases spaces for low-income children using their funding allocation.
Eligible programs include:
- Public schools
- For profit and non-profit early childhood programs
- Head Start
- State-funded child day care programs
These programs must also meet one of the following criteria:
- Be accredited by NAEYC
- Become NAEYC accredited within 3 years of being awarded the funds
- Receive Federal Head Start funding
Sites that receive funding from school readiness are required to meet the staffing requirements for state-funded programs.