Each municipality has a School Readiness Council (SRC) that’s responsible for making recommendations about the school readiness grant program.
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.