Estimated children to be served in OCDEL programs for 2009-2010
As we reported earlier, OCDEL plans to increase enrollment in FY 2009-2010 for Child Care Works and Early Intervention, maintain enrollments for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Keystone STARS, and Head Start Supplemental, and decrease enrollments for Nurse-Family Partnership and Parent-Child Home Program based on the budget bill signed by Governor Rendell on October 9.
Child Care Block Grant ARRA Funding Plan
With the passage of a budget that maintains the low-income child care state investment, OCDEL is now able to allocate the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to the Child Care Works and Keystone Stars programs. OCDEL expects to spend $15.7 million of ARRA funding in FY 2009-10.
Of this amount, $11.6 million will be invested into the Child Care Works program to remove an additional 2,100 children from the low-income waiting list.
An additional $3 million will be used to meet quality set-asides in ARRA and will be invested into the tiered reimbursement program for Keystone STARS providers at STAR 2, 3, and 4 levels. The charts below show how the investment will increase the daily add-on amount over the previous FY 2008-09 levels.
The remaining $1.1 million is required to be spent on quality activities for infant and toddlers and OCDEL is still considering options for this investment.
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