Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families Reviews Pre-K Expansion Funding

The Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families met on September 17th to discuss implementation of Maryland’s Pre-K Expansion Act of 2014 and a federal grant program to expand pre-K.  The meeting materials show how funding from the 2014 Act is being divided among community-based pre-K programs, public schools, and Judy Centers.  Under the Act, the following Public Schools will receive funding:

  • Baltimore County Public Schools  $272,692
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools $571,621
  • Washington County Public Schools $336,000
  • Wicomico County Public Schools $280,000
  • Caroline County Public Schools $330,000
  • Garrett County Public Schools $330,000
  • Somerset County Public Schools $330,000

The agenda for the meeting included,

Implementation of Maryland’s Prekindergarten Expansion Act of 2014

  • New Law in the Historical Context of Prekindergarten Expansion
  • Core Components of the Law
  • Progress Report

Federal Preschool Development — Preschool Expansion Grant

  • Focus on the Federal Grant Program
  • Strategies to Fit Maryland’s Prekindergarten Expansion
  • Timelines

Issues and Discussion

Dr. Rolf Grafwallner, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Early Childhood Development in the Maryland State Department of Education presented at the meeting.

For more information, see the presentation on the History of Prekindergarten Expansion in MD, this summary of the Prekindergarten Expansion Act of 2014, and our previous posts, 2014 End of Session Wrap-Up: Education, Pre-Kindergarten Bill Moves Closer To Passage.