Interested parties from each county are invited to submit a written Statement of County Readiness addressing certain county readiness measures, including the county’s ability to assist with meeting the financial match, participation of current and new providers, community and family engagement, and county readiness for early launch in January 2015. For more information on the “Statement of County Readiness,” please go here. The written statements are due June 30, 2014, and will be reviewed and scored by a panel of experts.
FSSA will host two webinars to explain the application and selection process to interested parties in each county. The first webinar is scheduled for June 12 at 9:30 a.m. EST. A second webinar will be held a week before the final submissions are due to address any last-minute questions or concerns.
In conjunction with the selection of the five pilot counties, FSSA continues to work through the major design phases of the program, which include devising plans for the longitudinal study for students, monitoring the design and implementation of a new kindergarten readiness assessment and the program accountability system, establishing guidelines and activation of fundraising activities, and making modifications to interagency IT and staffing infrastructure to support the pilot program.
In addition, HEA 1004, which establishes this program, requires a report from the prekindergarten and early learning study commission due to the Legislative Council November 1, 2014. The data collected in that report will further guide the design of the program and the implementation process.
The $10 million pilot will be funded by reversions from FSSA’s budget, with an opportunity for private dollar matching funds of up to $5 million to further expand the program to additional students in the pilot counties.
At the request of the State Board of Education, FSSA will present an update on the pilot program and timeline at today’s board meeting. Information and updates are available at http://in.gov/fssa/4899.htm.
Source: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration