School Readiness Preschool Grant Program

The primary purpose of the School Readiness Preschool Program is to develop a network of affordable, high-quality programs that help young children prepare for kindergarten. 

What does the program do?

The program funds spaces for children ages 3, 4, and 5 who aren’t yet eligible for kindergarten. At least 60 percent of the children enrolled must be at or below 75 percent of the State Median Income.

The School Readiness Preschool Program benefits individual children, their families, and their communities. Find out more about the benefits of school readiness.

Are you looking for high-quality preschool for your family?

Dial 2-1-1 and we’ll help you identify options. Or visit the 2-1-1 website.

Which communities are eligible to apply for a school readiness grant?

A  community may be eligible to receive school readiness funds if: 

  • It’s a community designated as a priority school district — either currently or in the past
  • It’s a community in the lowest 50 towns ranked by wealth

Each year, OEC determines eligibility and issues a request for proposals from communities.

What types of spaces are funded with school readiness funds? 

There’s a range of space types, from part-time to full-time, year-round programs. Each space type has specific requirements that determine how much the program will be reimbursed for each enrolled child. 

Are families charged a fee for children enrolled in a school readiness program?

Programs charge parent fees based on the School Readiness Sliding Fee Scale. They may also use the Care4Kids Program

Who decides how each community spends its school readiness grant?

Communities receiving School Readiness Grant funds have a School Readiness Council (SRC) that’s responsible for making recommendations about the school readiness grant program. Find out more about how school readiness grants are awarded.

For more information, refer to the School Readiness Overview.

Last updated February 28, 2020