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Early Learning Blended Funding

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Early Learning Blended Funding

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE’s) plan is that all Missouri children will enter kindergarten prepared to be successful in school. To meet this goal, the Department recognizes that all children need access to high-quality early learning experiences.  As Local Education Agencies (LEAs) assess early learning programs for children ages three to five to determine the need within their community, exploring the opportunities of blending early learning funds and services may be advantageous. Blended funding occurs when two or more funding sources are pooled to support educational costs to ensure consistency, eliminate duplication of services, allow for maximum flexibility of funds, and reduce burden.  There is no new Federal or State funding available through DESE for blended funding. Instead, blended funding allows existing resources to be better utilized to support increased access for children to inclusive early learning programs.

LEAs interested in pooling funds to create an early learning blended program will need to access the Blended Plan and Budget Application in ePeGS. The plan and budget will open April 15th and must be submitted no later than July 1st.

Program Information

Early Learning Blended Funding Guidance

Early Learning Blended Funding Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Early Learning Blended Funding Worksheet


Preparing Young Children for the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities into the Classroom (NAEYC Article)


Early Learning Blended Funding April 28, 2017 Webinar (Recorded Webinar)