SomerPromise is a community-wide effort that focuses on aligning and mobilizing resources to address the academic, social, and environmental factors that affect student success. We are committed to equity and excellence in children’s lives during and out of school, from cradle to career.
Changes from FY20
Personal Services are level funded this year despite the addition of two Somerbaby Home Visitor positions fully funded by the Commonwealth Children’s Fund grant.
Ordinary Maintenance is proposed 15.8 % lower than FY20 due to the following changes:
- increased reliance on Commonwealth Children’s Fund grant funding for Early Childhood work
- planned reimagining of wrap-around service provision
The increased reliance on grant funding also allowed for an almost 30 percent increase in dollars available to support out of school time providers facing financial uncertainties as the result of new Early Education and Care regulations in response to COVID-19.
SomerPromise is also planning on contracting with William James Interface Referral Service to facilitate mental health referrals for Somerville residents. This service will help to meet the expected increase in need of mental health services due to the impacts of COVID-19.