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Fiscal Year 2021-22 Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Funding (PKEEP) High Quality Designation

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

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

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04/26/21 5:00 PM EDT Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC community-based organizations that operate prekindergarten programs to support 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: Eligibility criteria pursuant to 5A DCMR 3500.3; and High-quality standards pursuant to 5A DCMR 3501; and
6. Attend the entire mandatory pre-application conference.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The pre-application conference is scheduled for Friday, April 9, 2021 from 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. virtually via GoToWebinar. All CBOs interested in applying for an allocation of Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion funding must attend the pre-application conference.

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Pre-Application Information:

The completed application package must be received by OSSE no later than Monday, April 26, 2021 at 5 p.m. OSSE reserves the right to not consider incomplete or late submissions. Applications may be submitted online or via email.

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 Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

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

Applicants have two options to submit the completed high-quality designation application and all supporting documentation:

Submit via Google form
- New PKEEP applicants:
- Current PKEEP CBOs:

Submit the PDF version and direct questions to Christina Crayton at (202) 257-3995.

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

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