FY18 Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Funding High Quality Designation
Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofit, Faith-Based, and
For-Profit CBOs to Provide High-Quality PreK Programs
For-Profit CBOs to Provide High-Quality PreK Programs
District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning (DEL)
07/21/17 5:00 PM EDT Receipt
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit, faith-based, and for-profit CBOs operating prekindergarten programs to ensure high-quality and universally available early childhood education services. Programs may be provided through a mixed delivery system in public schools, public charter schools, and community-based organizations.
All preK age children with verified residency in the District of Columbia and who are of preK age are eligible to be served in the preK Enhancement and Expansion Funding program regardless of race, ethnicity, income, religion, or membership in other protected groups.
The target population to be served by the preK Enhancement and Expansion Funding program is children who reside in the District of Columbia and are (i) three (3) years of age on or before September 30 of the program year for which the child is being enrolled; (ii) four (4) years of age; or (iii) five (5) years of age after September 30 of the program year for which the child is being enrolled.
High-quality preK programs receiving preK Enhancement and Expansion Funding shall only use the funding provided to maintain the preK high-quality standards as defined in the District of Columbia School Reform Act and its implementing regulations.
Funding allocations shall provide up to the District of Columbia Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (“UPSFF”) for preK education services provided for a 6.5 hour day. The UPSFF is the amount of funding provided for each student attending a public school in the District of Columbia, pursuant to section 2401 of the District of Columbia School Reform Act of 1995, approved April 26, 1996 (110 Stat. 1321-107; D.C Official Code § 38-1804.01).
The UPSFF rate for FY 2017-18 is $13,363 for 3 year olds and $12,964 for 4 year olds. The supplemental at-risk allocation is $2,184 for preK age students in foster care, who are homeless, or on TANF or SNAP.
The actual amount of funding allocated to each high-quality preK program will be based on the number of preK age children served by the high-quality preK program, as verified by OSSE’s annual enrollment audit pursuant to D.C. Code § 38-1804.02(d)(2), and taking into account any other local or federal funding sources available for education services for preK age children in the District of Columbia.
To receive and maintain an allocation of funding, each high-quality preK program shall meet and maintain the following eligibility criteria:
1. Be a community-based organization;
2. Operate a preK education service in the District of Columbia;
3. Prior to the provision of high quality preK education services to a child, the high quality preK program shall determine if the child:
a. Is a resident of the District of Columbia, in reliance on the same type of documentation that may be used to establish residency for public school students pursuant to Section 12 of the Student Residency Requirement Act (D.C. Official Code § 38-309);
b. Is or will be three (3) years of age or four (4) years of age on or before September 30 of the program year for which the child is being enrolled; and
c.Is eligible for subsidized child care;
4. Provide the support necessary to help families initially acquire or maintain subsidized child care if they are eligible;
5. 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;
6. Participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), as authorized by Section 17 of the National School Lunch Act, approved October 7, 1975 (89 Stat. 522; 42 U.S.C. § 1766), unless exempted from participation through a waiver from OSSE;
7. Operate Monday through Friday, beginning no earlier than 7:00 a.m.; provide at least six and a half (6.5) hours of preK education services, at least thirty-nine (39) weeks a year, for a total of at least one hundred eighty (180) days; and follow the holiday and closing calendar schedule of the District of Columbia Public Schools; and
8. Meet any other eligibility criteria established by OSSE.
For the purpose of this application, a CBO is defined as a Head Start or early childhood education program operated by a nonprofit, for-profit, or faith-based organization, or organization that participates in local or federally-funded early childhood programs, including the subsidized child care program.
OSSE shall ensure that funding allocated to CBOs providing high-quality preK education services supplements and does not supplant existing federal and local funding sources available for education services for preK age children in the District of Columbia, including but not limited to funding available through the subsidized child care and Head Start programs, as appropriate.
The completed high-quality designation application, including all supporting documentation, must be received by OSSE no later than Friday July 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT.
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Mahlet Getachew, Ed.D, Education Research Analyst
Policy, Planning and Research Unit
Division of Early Learning
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
810 First St. NE Ninth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
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