American Resource and Recovery Act (ARRA)

The Office of Early Learning (OEL) received $105 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as stimulus funds.
  • $80 million will be distributed amongst the 31 coalitions statewide to subsidize additional children in the School Readiness program.
  • $13 million will be distributed to coalitions statewide for quality initiatives that help ensure children receive the best possible early education experience.
  • $12 million will be used to develop and implement ELLIS, a statewide database capturing families enrolled in coalition programs. ELLIS will replace the outdated database currently being used.
The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County received $1,117.078 in ARRA dollars. At the same time, the state cut the School Readiness budget by $406,907. This amount will be replaced by ARRA funds. The net effect of these budget adjustments is $710,171 available to serve an additional 286 children per month over a 15-month period.
Although ARRA dollars do not have to be fully spent until September 30, 2011, any unused funds will revert to the state on June 30th of 2009 and 2010 and be redistributed to the coalitions that have a greater need to serve children. A local match is not required for the ARRA funds.