Early Ed Administration
Official Title: Early Ed Administration
Administration funds operations at the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), the Children's Trust Fund (CTF), and Access Management. EEC supports child development while helping families balance their dual role of caregiver and provider. CTF funds and evaluates family support programs attempting to prevent child abuse and neglect. Access Management funds child care resources and referral agencies (CCR&R) which help families attain child care.
EEC funds programming which supports early education as well as family support. Programs such as Universal Pre-kindergarten, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Service and Reach Out and Read provide support to entire families while striving to improve the quality of early education that children receive.EEC also serves as the licensing organization for programs administered by other state agencies. EEC provides funding and awards contracts to local providers who deliver direct services and also evaluates services delivered to maintain and improve quality.
CTF mainly works with low income parents offering resources and support to the family for the first years of a baby's life. CTF also offers a variety of training opportunities for professionals working with these families including conferences, seminars, technical assistance, and access to two curricula lending libraries. CTF also runs http://www.onetoughjob.org which offers current information on parenting.
CCR&R agencies assist families through the process of applying for a child care subsidy (also called voucher management). Agencies provide information about child care programs and referrals and counsel families on eligibility requirements.
Early Ed Administration includes the following programs:
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- Early Ed & Care
- Early Ed Access
- Commonwealth Preschool Partnership Initiative
- Early Education and Care Provider Rate Increase
- Income Eligible Child Care (Child Care Access)
- Income Eligible Wait List
- Supportive and TANF Childcare
- TANF Related Child Care
- Tax Break for Child and Dependent Care Costs
- Tax Break for Daycare Expenses
- Tax Break for Dependent Under 12
- Early Ed Administration
- Quality & Targeted Programs
- Early Ed Access
- Human Services
- Common Threads