Investing in a Comprehensive Early Education System
Clayton Burch, WVDE Office of School Readiness
Leticia Lovejoy, WVDE Office of Title I
Overview of August 1st Pre-K Financial Reports and Resources
Title I - Guidance for Supporting WV Universal Pre-K
From WVBE Policy 2525 - §126-28-15. Financing.
15.3. Each LEA shall enroll Pre-k children in community classrooms and generate funding through the school aid funding formula according to the process and criteria established in the May 28, 2008 WV State Superintendent’s Guidance document. Funding generated through community classrooms should be invested in providing quality early education services and local infrastructure to support WV Pre-k classrooms.
15.4. In addition to the resources brought to a pre-k collaboration, community programs participating as partners shall continue using federal and state funding available for these services such as Head Start and Child Care Development Fund monies supporting eligible children.
15.5. WV Pre-k classrooms that provide services to eligible children that can be counted in the county school aid funding formula, must be provide those services at no cost to the parent/guardian of the children, including all instructional activities and field trips.
15.6. In child care, pre-k is an enhancement to the regular program during the designated pre-kindergarten hours. Since pre-k under this policy is part of a free public education, parents/guardians shall only be charged for those hours outside the pre-k designated time. Support for child care centers to offer free public education shall be a part of the contract between the center and LEA.
15.7. The LEA shall provide sufficient assistance/funding to a collaborative community partner to enable the partner to offer services that meet this policy at no cost to parents and at no deficit to the program. In calculating costs and resources, the county collaborative team should consider a number of issues and cost, such as personnel, facility, materials and furniture, current budgets, needed improvements, and professional development.
Link to WV Universal Pre-K Funding and Resources Annual Report - http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/201106-prek-fundingandresources/index.php
Contracts and Classroom Budget Resources - http://wvde.state.wv.us/osp/wvprek/contracts-and-budgets.html