Maine's Department of Education has launched the Pre-Kindergarten Expansion Grants program offering funds to establish or expand public pre-kindergarten programs. Awards to fourteen communities to start or expand programs for the 2022-23 school year were announced in January 2021. Applications will open summer 2022 for a second round of grant funding for the 2023-24 school year.
The Jobs Plan was introduced by Governor Mills in May 2021 with broad support from Maine business, education and civic leaders. It draws heavily on recommendations from the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee and the State’s 10-Year Economic Development Strategy.
Coordination of the Jobs Plan is led by the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future.
Funding for the Jobs Plan is through the federal American Rescue Plan Act, which allocated $4.5 billion in funds to Maine in 2021, as part of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program.