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Competitive School Readiness Grant

Grants to Connecticut Towns for Programs
to Prepare Underprivileged Children for School

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Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

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05/20/16 4:30 PM Receipt deadline


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Grants of $3,881 per eligible district to Connecticut towns for quality programs that prepare 3 and 4 year old children, from predominantly low-income families, for school while promoting their health and safety. Eligible applicants can propose full day/full year, school day/school year, and part-day/part year programs.

At least 50% of the students must be enrolled in a full day/full year program.

School readiness districts can propose the following programs types:
• Full-Day/Full-Year Programs (5 days per week, 10 hours per day for a minimum of 50 weeks per year);
• School-Day/School-Year Programs (5 days per week, 6 hours per day for a minimum of 180 consecutive days); and
• Part-Day/Part-Year Programs (minimum of 2.5 hours per day for 180 consecutive days for children not in any other program).

At least 50 percent of the spaces must be Full-Day/Full-Year, unless a waiver is granted from the School Readiness Program Manager. At least 60 percent of School Readiness children must be at or below 75 percent of the state median income.

Purpose of Grant as outlined in Connecticut General Statues (C.G.S.) Section 10-16o is to:

1. Provide open access for children to quality programs that promote the health and safety of children and prepare them for formal schooling;
2. Provide opportunities for parents to choose among affordable and accredited programs;
3. Encourage coordination and cooperation among programs and prevent the duplication of services;
4. Recognize the specific service needs and unique resources available to particular municipalities and provide flexibility in the implementation of programs;
5. Prevent or minimize the potential for developmental delay in children prior to their reaching the age of five;
6. Enhance federally funded school readiness programs;
7. Strengthen the family through: (A) encouragement of parental involvement in a child's development and education; and (B) enhancement of a family's capacity to meet the special needs of the children, including children with disabilities;
8. Reduce educational costs by decreasing the need for special education services for school age children and avoiding grade repetition;
9. Assure that children with disabilities are integrated into programs available to children who are not disabled; and
10. Improve the availability and quality of school readiness programs and their coordination with the services of child care providers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155692

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

$3,881 per district.

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- A town served by a priority school or a former priority school.
- A town ranked one to fifty when all towns are ranked in ascending order according to town wealth as defined in C.G.S. Section 10-262f(26) whose school district is not a priority school district or a town so ranked for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, even if such town is no longer so ranked.
- A town designated as an alliance district, as defined in C.G.S. section 10-262u, whose school district is not a priority school district.

- Eligibility for School Readiness is determined for a five-year period based upon the applicant's designation as a town with a priority school or a town in the lowest 50 wealth rank for the initial year of application, and annually thereafter, contingent upon available funding and a satisfactory annual evaluation. (Eligible municipalities are determined yearly by the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood using these criteria).

Pre-Application Information:

Each municipality is required to publicly issue a Local Request for Proposal (RFP) in FY 2017 identifying new or continuing eligible local early care and education providers, which shall provide School Readiness services to eligible children and their families.

It is expected that all children who participate in quality school readiness programs will demonstrate the skills at kindergarten entry that have been delineated in The Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS).

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) will provide guidance on professional development opportunities and documents related to alignment between the Preschool Assessment Framework and the ELDS. Programs are expected to make the transition to the ELDS while seeking the appropriate guidance and support.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Gerri Rowell
Phone: (860) 713-6774

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