The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care awarded the New Bedford Public School system and multiple New Bedford-based nonprofit organizations $1,181,136 in early education and care grants for fiscal year 2018.

The initiatives range from increasing investments in early educators’ professional development to supporting young children’s mental health.

“I congratulate New Bedford Public Schools and the many nonprofits that serve New Bedford’s youth for successfully pursuing this funding through the competitive grant process,” said State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral (D-New Bedford). “The awards highlight the high quality of these institutions’ applications and I am confident that they will yield real, tangible results for New Bedford’s children and their families.”

The following outlines the types of grants awarded, the grants’ recipients, and associated grant amounts:

Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Networks Grant
People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE) - $350,390

Head Start State Supplemental Grant
People Acting in Community Endeavors (PACE) - $211,700

Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant
New Bedford Public Schools - $141,046

Universal Pre-kindergarten Classroom Quality Grant
Little People’s College Inc. (Rockdale) - $180,000
Little People’s College Inc. (Church) - $100,000
PACE, Inc. (Madison) - $108,000
PACE, Inc. (Smith) - $75,000
YMCA Southcoast - $15,000

--Representative Cabral's Office