The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Division of Early Learning (DEL) is responsible for coordinating early childhood education services for children and families living in the District of Columbia. OSSE works to develop an effective early care and education system by implementing high-quality standards for programs and professionals; providing supports to meet these quality standards; monitoring program adherence to local and federal accountability measures; engaging community stakeholders; and securing strong financial supports.
OSSE manages the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Funding Program (PKEEP), pursuant to the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Amendment Act of 2008 (the Act), effective July 18, 2008 (DC Law 17-202; DC Official Code §§ 38-271.01 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 5-A DCMR Chapter 35. The Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion is a multi-pronged initiative aimed at creating and supporting high-quality universally available pre-kindergarten (pre-K) education services in the District of Columbia. Implementation of the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Amendment Act of 2008 is a central part of OSSE’s mission and goal to ensure that all children are prepared for school and that our youngest learners receive an excellent education.
Universal pre-K is offered through a mixed delivery system, including community-based organizations (CBOs), District of Columbia Public Schools, and public charter schools. OSSE seeks to enhance funding for high-quality pre-K education services offered by CBOs to ensure program quality is maintained by maximizing multiple funding sources. A CBO is defined as a Head Start or early childhood education program operated by a non-profit, for-profit, faith-based organization, or an organization that participates in local or federally funded early childhood programs, including the Child Care and Development Fund subsidized child care program.
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