Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Grants (2021-2024)

Grant Funds from Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan Support Expansion of Public Pre-K

The first years of life are a critical developmental time in forming the basis for learning and social interaction. Investments in early learning have powerful long-term paybacks. Pre-K imageThe pandemic heightened the difficulty that many Maine parents/caregivers already faced in struggling to locate pre-kindergarten or child care. Access gaps are especially acute in Maine’s rural communities. The Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan has committed $10 million dollars to address these access gaps.
 
Maine’s Department of Education has helped schools increase the number of children accessing high-quality pre-kindergarten by offering funds to establish or expand public pre-k programs. Through multiple competitive grant rounds, the Department has provided funding to local school administrative units to cover facility renovations, staff recruitment and training, and other start-up costs linked to establishing new public pre-kindergarten programs, expanding to additional classrooms, or transitioning from part-day/part-week to full-day/full-week. Priority has been given to schools that partner with community programs such Head Start or child care, provide longer duration of education, and serve socioeconomically disadvantaged students. The Department has and will continue to provide technical assistance and professional learning to school administrative units for prekindergarten expansion.

Pre-K Expansion Grantees by Grant Rounds

Three rounds of grant opportunities were offered to SAUs to start or expand Pre-K in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years. Grantees for each round can be viewed in the drop-down charts below. The chart indicates the model of each SAU's Pre-K Program, enrollment (actual and projected), community partners, and funding awarded to date.

For any information regarding the Pre-K Expansion Grant please contact Lee Anne Larsen at leeann.larsen@maine.gov

Round 1 Pre-K Expansion Grants Awardees

FY 2022-24 School Year

SAU

Model

Enrollment

Partner(s)

Funding FY 1

Funding FY 2

Greenville

New program, 1​

full day/full week classroom​

8

$114,321.76

$33,000.00

St. George

New program, 1 full day/full week classroom​

17

$187,307.83

$33,000.00

Vassalboro

Existing program, added 1 full day/full week classroom​

12

$61,368.33

$33,000.00

Appleton

New program, 1 full day/full week classroom​

13

$200,750.00

$33,000.00

Bangor

Existing program, added 1 classroom and expanded 2 classrooms to full day/full week​

58

$80,851.00

$99,000.00

Yarmouth

New program, 4 part- day/full week classrooms​

57

$356,550.00

$66,000.00

Sanford

Existing program, added 3 full day/full week classrooms​

66

$261,665.31

$99,000.00

RSU 24

New program, added 4 full day/full week classrooms​

34

DCP Head Start

$269,902.00

No cost extension of CT FY 23-24

RSU 22

Existing program, expanded 3 classrooms to full day/full week​

38

$329,081.30

$99,000.00

Limestone

Existing program, expanded 1 classroom to full day/full week​

16

ACAP Head Start

$32,946.36

$33,000.00

Round 2 Pre-K Expansion Grants Awardees

FY 2023-24 School Year

SAU

Model

Projected Enrollment

Partner(s)

Funding

Tremont Consolidated School

Existing program, expanding 1 classroom to full day/full week

16

 

$119,207.43

Bangor 

Existing program, expanding  2 classrooms from part to full day and adding 2 full day/full week classrooms

80

 

$249,273.37

Cape Elizabeth

New program, opening 2 full day/full week classrooms

30

Cape Care

$339,798.28

Falmouth

New program, opening 3 full day/full week classrooms

48

 

$597,757.12

Gorham

Existing program, adding 6 part- day/part week classrooms, 2 in partnership with a private childcare and four in collaboration with CDS

96

Seedlings to Sunflowers

$609,877.86

Lincolnville

New program, 1 full day/full week classroom

16

 

$72,107.00

Madawaska

Existing program, expanding 1 classroom from part day/full week to full day/full week

16

ACAP Head Start

$114,429.13

MSAD 27

Adding 1 new full day/full week classroom and 1 part day/full week classroom (2 sessions)

16

ACAP Head Start

$218,021.00

MSAD 33​

Existing program, adding 1  full day/full week classroom​

14​

Aroostook County  ​

Action Program​

$101,230.00​

MSAD 54​​

Existing program, adding 1 full day/full week classroom​​

16​​

Kennebec Valley Community Action  ​

Program​​

$90,201.94​​

Portland Public Schools Existing program, adding 1 full day/full week classroom and 1 special purpose classroom  24 Youth and Family Outreach $326,847.93

RSU 14​​

Existing program, expanding full day/full week seats across 3 community partners​​

11​​

A Child's World, Tu Casa Childcare, ​

Southern Maine  ​

Children's  Academy​​

$95,113.00​​

RSU 34 *​ (holding until 2024-25)​

Existing program, adding 1 full day/ full week​ classroom​

16​​

 Penquis HS​​

$67,812.73​​

RSU 40​​

Existing program, expanding to full day/full week and adding 1 classroom​

96​​

​​

$572.514.00​​

RSU 67​​

Existing program, adding 1 full day/full week​ classroom​

16​​

​​

$55,205.44​​

RSU 68 ​​

Existing program, adding 4 full day/full week​ classrooms in collaboration with CDS​

22​​

​SAD4, SAD46, RSU41​

(SAU Consortium)​

$166,439.30​​

 

Round 3 Pre-K Expansion Grants Awardees

FY 2023-24 School Year

SAU

Model

Projected Enrollment

Partner(s)

Funding

Brunswick

Existing program, adding 1full day/full week classroom and expanding 8 seats in existing classrooms

24

Midcoast Maine Community Action Head Start

$225,380.00

Community Regional Charter School

Existing program, adding 1 full day/full week classroom

16

$127,600.00

MSAD 6

Existing program, adding 2 full day/full week classrooms and expanding existing classrooms from part week to full week

32

$183,600.45

MSAD 46

Existing program, expanding 1 classroom to full day/full week

15

$155,000.00

South Portland School Department

Existing program, adding 1 full day/full week classroom in collaboration with CDS

16

$144,000.00