RFS advocacy in 2014 included refining rules for use of the Kindergarten Partnership & Innovation Fund. In January, the Early Learning Council (ELC) made a change to their draft rules in order to allow some capital expenditures such as books and furniture after RFS spent time advocating with key decision-makers to soften the exclusion. We continue to monitor the roll out of the request for proposals, the applications that are submitted, and the awards granted.
During the 2014 February Legislative Session, we identified an opportunity to advocate for a small restoration of funding to Head Start and other early learning programs during the short legislative session. This is a continuation of advocacy for Head Start funding CI has done in the past, an opportunity to serve more children, and a chance to reconnect with key legislators. The Legislature subsequently added back almost all of the funding to early learning programs.