Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Early Childhood
09/13/21 5:00 PM CST Receipt
Grants to Mississippi early childhood care providers and schools for the creation and operation of education and development services for four-year-old children. Funding is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs and to make the programs accessible to more children.
The MDE expects the pre-K program to accomplish and demonstrate the following outcomes:
Early learning collaborative councils eligible to be selected must:
For program activities, see page 13 of the RFP, in Supporting Documents, below.
Funds are used for program implementation, as well as for operating expenses such as:
GrantWatch ID#: 184138
It is the intent of MDE to award approximately 2,578 pre-K slots.
Funding per child is based on the length of the program day. The budget allocation is created by the number of four-year-old children (by September 1st of a given year) that will be served in the collaborative. Funding will be provided to Early Learning Collaboratives on the basis of $2,500 per student enrolled in a full-day program and $1,250 per student enrolled in a half day program proposed in the collaborative’s application.
- Full-day programs must include no less than 1,080 hours per school year, or six hours per day for 180 days, for $2,500 in state funding per child with at least a $2,500 local match per child.
- Half-day programs must include no less than 540 hours per school year, or three hours per day for 180 days, for $1,250 in state funding per child with at least a $1,250 local match per child.
The grant period will be January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024. The first term of the grant (January 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022) will be considered a planning period. No later than grant year two, August 2022, pre-Kindergarten children will be served in classrooms.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
You may submit the Notice of Intent to Apply form one of two ways:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: Mississippi Department of Education
Early Learning Collaborative Council Pre-K
Office of Early Childhood
PO Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771
Questions concerning the RFP should be sent to Dr. Jill Dent at the above email address.
Ship Proposals (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Early Learning Collaborative Act
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201
(DO NOT OPEN)
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the State of Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Education will not accept hand/personal deliveries for advertised Invitation for Bids, Requests for Proposals, Applications, or Qualifications until further notice. However, please submit bids, proposals, applications, or qualifications via the shipping instructions in the solicitation or by electronic submission on or before the required deadline date to: RFXS@mdek12.org. The subject line must include the name of the solicitation for which you are applying.
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