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Neighborhood-Based Quality Improvement Network (QIN) of Child Development Center Partners

In-Kind Support to Washington, DC Child Development
Centers to Develop Technical Assistance Networks

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and Bainum Family Foundation

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In-kind support to Washington, DC child development centers in Wards 7 and 8, serving children ages birth to three, to develop a technical assistance network. The networks will be neighborhood-based. Funding is intended to expand and improve the quality of childcare for infants and toddlers in the eligible district.

No financial awards will be directly awarded to successful applicants Selected child development center partners will receive an increased reimbursement rate for subsidized child care services as noted below, training, technical assistance, and supports for participating families to meet and maintain federal Early Head Start (EHS) standards.

This initiative extends a multi-year effort to improve and expand the quality of infant and toddler care in DC to approximately 95-100 infants and toddlers in Wards 7 and 8. In addition, child development center partners selected to join the Quality Improvement Network will benefit from the following:

- Reimbursement at the QIN payment rate for enrolled infants and toddlers in a child development center (see 5A District of Columbia Regulations (DCMR) § 203.1(e));
- Full subsidy reimbursement for QIN-eligible children based on enrollment and not daily attendance;
- Job-embedded, continuous, professional learning and technical assistance aligned to DC Early Learning Standards and EHS standards;
- Assistance with recruitment to fill vacancies and support with transitions to preKindergarten; and
- Salary bonuses for teachers (stipends) and prioritization of QIN staff in programs supporting degree attainment.

The hub agencies are responsible for providing services and supports to participating child development center partners under the QIN and helping them meet the following goals:

- Implementation of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) for serving infants, toddlers, and their families;
- Provide comprehensive child development services for all children that enhance their physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; and
- Coordinate an array of services to families including parenting education and family support.

Rationale for using the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) for serving infants, toddlers, and their families.

OSSE will align this program with the federal Early Head Start (EHS) model to support improved outcomes for children and their families. EHS is an evidenced-based model; children with high needs who participate in EHS show statistically significant, positive impacts on standardized measures of cognitive and language development at age 3, as compared to control group children eligible for EHS who did not participate. Benefits also accrued to families, including reduced parental stress levels, more positive parent-child relationships, and higher levels of employment and pursuit of education.

Pursuant to D.C. Code § 4-415(b), child development centers within the QIN must:

- Partner with the hub agency to develop and implement a quality improvement plan; continuation in the program will depend on demonstrated progress on the quality improvement plan;
- Implement and maintain a high-quality program that meets all HSPPS;
- Provide support to all teaching staff in meeting the new education requirements;
- Support the provision of comprehensive services for children and families by the hub agency, including developing and supporting the implementation of IFSP;
- Participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP);
- Partner with the hub to actively recruit and enroll families and assist them in obtaining child care subsidy;
- Partner with the hub agency staff to develop and implement an enrollment and recruitment strategy that priorities families using a selection criteria;
- Consistently maintain a required enrollment number for each month throughout the program period and continuously enroll new children as vacancies become available; and
- Support families in their children’s transitions to pre-Kindergarten and follow EHS guidelines for school readiness.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182525

Term of Contract:

The agreement period is from Jan. 1, 2018 until Sept. 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include child development centers that currently meet the following requirements:

- Provide subsidized child care services to eligible children pursuant to a valid Provider Agreement with OSSE;
- Operate in Wards 7 or 8;
- Have a current Gold rating;
- Licensed to operate a child development facility by OSSE, have not been grandfathered in/as exempt from certain licensing standards, or received a waiver from any licensing requirements;
- Have participated in training or education programming to learn best practices in caring for infants and toddlers in the past two years; and
- Serve children between birth and age 3 whereby: At least 10 percent of the current children enrolled have an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP); and At least 50 percent of the current children enrolled are recipients of subsidized child care services.

Pre-Application Information:

In order to be considered, interested applicants must submit an application to OSSE no later than Dec. 15, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be received electronically to:, Attention: Tara Dewan-Czarnecki

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
810 First St. NE, Ninth Floor, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 741-7637

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC: Wards 7 and 8