Question: I'm interested in our pre-kindergarten program. How is our pre-K program funded? Do we, as taxpayers, fund it or does the state pay for it? Thank you in advance for helping me understand how it is funded.
Answer: Universal Pre-K (UPK) is a federal program. Schools receive their federal UPK grant money as part of their state aid; however, schools are accountable to the federal government for the use and reporting of those funds.
For the 2010-11 school year, Broadalbin-Perth’s UPK grant totals $166,764. This money covers approximately 87 percent of B-P’s UPK expenses. In past years, this percentage was higher; however, funding for UPK is frozen at 2009-10 levels. The UPK grant covers the cost of teacher and teacher assistant salaries and some benefits, as well as program supplies and equipment.
- answered by Marco Zumbolo, School Business Administrator