This program supports projects to help eligible children become ready for school. To be eligible for funding, a project must propose one or more of the following: to deliver services to eligible children and their families that foster eligible children’s emotional, behavioral, and social development; to coordinate and facilitate access to the services available through community resources; to provide ancillary services such as transportation or child care in order to facilitate the delivery of any other authorized services or activities; to develop or enhance early childhood community partnerships and build toward a community system of care that brings together child-serving agencies or organizations to provide individualized support for eligible children and their families; to evaluate the success of strategies and services provided pursuant to the grant in promoting young children’s successful entry to school and to maintain data systems required for effective evaluations; and to pay for the expenses of administering the grant activities, including assessment of children’s eligibility for services.

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