Legacy Charter gets part of $3 million in federal grants for preschool programs


Legacy Charter School is one of eight organizations that will split more than $3 million in federal grants to expand preschool and improve educational outcomes for 3- and 4-year-olds, it was announced Thursday.

Legacy will get $381,815 for a Preschool Pay for Success feasibility pilot program.

The U.S. Department of Education grants will allow states, school districts and other local government agencies to study whether Pay for Success is a viable financing mechanism for expanding and improving preschool in their communities in the near term, according to a press release.

Through Pay for Success, the government agrees to pay for concrete, measurable outcomes, but taxpayer funds are spent only if those outcomes are achieved, the release said.

Other recipients are the Minnesota Department of Education, the Napa Valley Unified School District, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the Ventura County Office of Education, Mecklenburg County Government in North Carolina, the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Learning in Ohio, and Clatsop County, Ore.

Each grantee identified potential outcome measures for students who attend preschool, such as improved kindergarten readiness, reading and math growth or achievement, and improved social and emotional skills. The outcomes will be evaluated over the course of the grant. Each program will have a cost-benefit analysis completed. If the program is determined not to be a viable model for funding early childhood learning in a particular community, the grantee’s final report will detail the reasons and offer potential alternatives that would positively impact early childhood learning, the release said.






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