Governor: Ongoing funding is provided to add 6,358 spaces in the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), the state's preschool program for low-income children. The additional spaces brings the total served to 70 percent of the eligible population, making significant strides to offering ECEAP as an entitlement program by the 2018-19 school year. Funds will also be used to provide full-day ECEAP options, expanding from 2-1/2 hours
to 6-10 hours, for many 3- and 4-year-old children.
House: Funding is provided for 3,179 additional ECEAP slots in FY 2016 and 6,358 additional slots above current
levels in FY 2017. All new slots are funded at the current rate of $7,578 per slot per year.
Senate: Additional slots are added to the Early Childhood Education and Assistance program (ECEAP), which provides pre-school and wrap-around services to low-income children. An additional 2,000, 2.5 hour standard ECEAP slots are
provided in each fiscal year for a total of 4,000 slots added over 2015-17. All new slots are funded at the current rate of $7,578 per slot per year. This increases the total number of available slots from 10,091 to 12,091 in FY 2016 and 14,091 in FY 2017. To reach the ECEAP entitlement in FY 2019, it would take an additional 8,806 slots.