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File #: 20-3184   
Type: Staff Briefing - With Ordinance
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 6/4/2020
Posting Language: Ordinance approving the Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Operating Budget in the amount of $42,012,182 for the “Pre-K 4 SA” program, as adopted by the San Antonio Early Childhood Education Municipal Development Corporation. [Carlos Contreras, Assistant City Manager; Sarah Baray, Ph.D., CEO, Pre-K 4 SA]
Attachments: 1. Copy of Fund Schedule_FY 2020 Estimate FY 2021 Adopted_051420, 2. Copy of PreK4SA_FY2021 Personnel Complement_051920 (002), 3. Draft Ordinance, 4. Staff Presentation, 5. Ordinance 2020-06-04-0347
DEPARTMENT: Pre-K 4 SA


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Sarah Baray, Ph.D.


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: Citywide


SUBJECT:

Pre-K 4 SA FY 2021 Budget


SUMMARY:

Ordinance considering approval of the Pre-K 4 SA program FY 2021 Budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending on June 30, 2021, and personnel complement as adopted by the Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors on May 19, 2020.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

In August 2012, City Council authorized the creation of the San Antonio Early Childhood Education Municipal Development Corporation for the purposes of developing early childhood literacy and educational programs in accordance with Chapter 379A of the Texas Local Government Code, known as the Better Jobs Act. In November 2012, San Antonio voters approved a 1/8th of a cent sales tax for the benefit of the Corporation to fund the Pre-K 4 SA Initiative for an initial eight-year period. The program increases the quality of early learning in San Antonio using a four-pronged approach: education centers, professional learning, family engagement, and competitive grants. Each year, 2,000 children are served directly at the four education centers and the program additionally supports more than 56,000 children through professional learning and competitive grants.

Pre-K 4 SA is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors appointed by City Council. Board Members serve two-year staggered terms. The program is self-supported with the 1/8 cent sales tax approved by voters in 2012 and does not receive any revenue from the City's General Fund. The program's business model is to partner with independent school districts to leverage state funding for Pre-K. Under terms of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Pre-K 4 SA and partner school districts, eligible children who are enrolled at a Pre-K 4 SA Education Center are dually enrolled in their school district. In exchange for providing full-day prekindergarten services, Pre-K 4 SA receives the majority of the s...

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