2014 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Norment
Early Childhood Foundation/At-Risk Preschool

Item 136 #22s

Item 136 #22s

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2015 $2,700,500 FY2016 $3,387,500 GF

Page 107, line 50, strike "$6,168,046,960" and insert "$6,170,747,460".
Page 107, line 50, strike "$6,217,037,169" and insert "$6,220,424,669".

(This amendment provides funding for the Department of Education to work/contract with the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, a business-led public private partnership, to effectively administer the distribution of unspent Virginia Preschool Initiative for At-Risk Four-Year-Old (VPI) funds to localities by improving access and efficiency, strengthening accountability and effectiveness of locally driven school readiness efforts, and improving the quality of existing services: $1.8 million in FY 2015 and $2.3 million in FY 2016 will support grants to strengthen Virginia's home-grown "Smart Beginnings" initiative; and $917,000 in FY 2015 and $1.1 million in FY 2016 is allocated to up-skill the early care workforce, in partnership with community colleges to help facilitate the use of VPI funds in private and faith-based settings. Starting school ready helps children become proficient readers by 3rd grade, leading to better school and workforce outcomes and saving localities and school systems money from reduced need for grade retention and remediation.)