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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Accepting Match Dollars from United Way Suncoast for the Early Childhood School Readiness Programs (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)
For the past 19 years, the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida has given approval to the Hillsborough County Public Schools – Early Childhood School Readiness Programs to apply for and accept matching funds from United Way Suncoast. This contribution provides a portion of the required dollar match that draws down federal funds for the School Readiness Child Care Programs, and enables income-eligible families to take advantage of early education and child care services.  

The approved signed partnership agreement was received by the Early Childhood School Readiness Programs office on January 18, 2017, effective upon School Board approval.  This contract was reviewed and approved by the School Board Attorney on January 16, 2017.

• Improve the high school graduation rate
The total contribution of $95,492.00 made by the United Way Suncoast is raised locally and used as match to draw down $1,591,533.00 in federal funds for the School Readiness Child Care Programs. The combined match and draw-down dollars of $1,687,025.00 provide direct early education child care services for approximately 422 eligible children for the period of January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017, at the rate of $4,000.00 per child.
Each year the financial statements are audited by Hillsborough County School Readiness Coalition as prescribed by law. The funding for Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County is provided through federal dollars.  The flow-through dollars are channeled by the Florida Office of Early Learning.  The School Readiness Program uses these funds to purchase child care in Hillsborough County.  There is no district-generated revenue used for this purchase.
Marie Caracciola, Director, Early Childhood and HOST Programs
Tracye H. Brown, Assistant Superintendent, Academic Support and Federal Programs Division
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.01
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170221_807 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.01