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FY18 Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Funding (PKEEP) High Quality Designation

Grants to Washington, DC CBOs to Provide
High-Level Early Childhood Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning (DEL)

Conf. Date:

03/13/20

Deadline Date:

04/06/20 5:00 PM EDT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Washington, DC CBOs operating prekindergarten programs to ensure high-level early childhood services. Interested applicants are required to attend a conference prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support efforts to improve and expand quality programs that lead to high quality designation. Eligible applicants include licensed, accredited organizations that demonstrate compliance with District regulations and standards.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158964

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply for an allocation of Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion funding, a community-based organization (CBO) providing pre-K education services to children ages 3 to 4 shall:

1. Be currently licensed and maintain compliance pursuant to Chapter 1 of Title 5A of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR 5-A, Chapter 1);
2. Be currently accredited by a national accrediting body approved by OSSE;
3. Complete and submit a high-quality designation application, which demonstrates that the CBO meets each of the following:
4. Eligibility criteria pursuant to 5A DCMR 3500.3; and
5. High-quality standards pursuant to 5A DCMR 3501; and
6. Attend the entire mandatory pre-application conference.

Pursuant to 5-A DCMR § 3500.3 of the pre-K enhancement and expansion program regulations, the high quality pre-K program:

- Shall determine if the child is eligible for subsidized child care. If so, they must provide the support necessary to help families initially acquire or maintain subsidized child care if they are eligible.
- Shall participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), unless exempted from participation through a waiver from OSSE.
- Shall enroll and maintain a class size of no fewer than fifteen (15) and no more than sixteen (16) children in classrooms where the youngest child is three (3) years old or a class size of no fewer than sixteen (16) and no more than twenty (20) in classrooms where the youngest child is four (4) years old.
- Shall operate at least thirty-nine (39) weeks a year, for a total of at least one hundred eighty (180) days.

For additional regulations and requirements for PKEEP programs, including standards pursuant to 5A DCMR 3501, see https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/FY%202020-21%20Pre-K%20Enhancement%20and%20Expansion%20Funding%20High-Quality%20Designation%20Application.pdf#page=5.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Program (PKEEP) Fiscal Year 2021 High-Quality Designation Pre-Application Conference:

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning (DEL) announces the pre-application conference for the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Program (PKEEP) Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) high-quality designation application. Community-based organizations (CBOs) interested in applying for PKEEP funding must attend the pre-application conference.

Date and Time: Fri, March 13, 2020,10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Location:
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education
1050 First St. NE
Eleanor Holmes Norton III – First Floor
Washington, DC 20002

For further information and Conference Registration:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pkeep-fiscal-year-2021-high-quality-designation-pre-application-conference-tickets-92122901077

Pre-Application Information:

The completed application package must be received by OSSE no later than Monday, April 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm EDT.

All CBOs interested in applying for an allocation of Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion funding must attend the pre-application conference on March 13, 2020. (See Pre-Proposal Conference above.)

If OSSE does not receive an appropriation amount sufficient to fund all high-quality pre-K programs that meet the eligibility requirements and the high-quality standards, OSSE will allocate the funds through a competitive grant process. In that case, a Request for Application (RFA) will be released on Monday, June 1, 2020 on the Grants and Funding page at https://osse.dc.gov/page/osse-school-year-2019-20-grant-forecast.

Contact Information:

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

To submit the completed application and supporting documentation, applicants may either:

- Use the online FY21 PKEEP google form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdyTf2gQ91bcLtC-KcGkvvcfDFf3-o5nrEIU7oX_drlrUirmw/viewform, or

- Email the form found in Supporting Documents below to Christina Crayton at Christina.Crayton@dc.gov.

For questions, please contact:

Christina Crayton, Early Childhood Education Policy Officer
Policy, Planning, and Research Unit
Division of Early Learning
Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Government of the District of Columbia
1050 First St. NE, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-4716
Christina.Crayton@dc.gov

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