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Early Learning Collaborative Act Pre-Kindergarten

Grants to Mississippi Early Childhood Care Providers
for Quality Education and Development Services

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Early Childhood

LOI Date:

08/13/18

Deadline Date:

09/21/18 Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Mississippi early childhood care providers for the implementation and expansion of quality 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:
- More children will enter Kindergarten ready to succeed in school.
- More families will have access to high-quality early education programs.
- Families will have access to information about pre-K program quality.
- Pre-K programs will receive resources and support to increase quality.
- High-quality pre-K programs will increase their collaboration with other early childhood education programs and related services.
- Pre-K programs will use curricula that are research-based and aligned with the MDE’s Early Learning Standards for Classrooms Serving Four-Year-Old Children.
- Pre-K programs will implement an integrated, effective system of early childhood curriculum, instruction, assessment, and program evaluation.
- Pre-K programs will implement consistent and appropriate learning targets for children and demonstrate progress towards achieving these targets.

Grant Award Funding:

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 $2,150.00 per student enrolled in a full-day program and $1,075.00 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 6 hours per day for 180 days, for $2,150 in state funding per child with at least a $2,150 local match per child.
- Half-day programs must include no less than 540 hours per school year, or 3 hours per day for 180 days, for $1,075 in state funding per child with at least a $1,075 local match per child.

It is the intent of MDE to award approximately 1,100 pre-K slots for 4-year-old children through this grant competition.

Specific categories of allowable expenses include hiring additional and/or more qualified teaching staff, purchasing appropriate educational materials, purchasing equipment or technology used for educational purposes, providing professional development, administering age-appropriate child assessment, and transporting students using no more than 10% of total budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184138

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,375,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period will be January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021. The first year of the grant (January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019) will be considered a planning year. No later than grant year 2, August 2019, pre-Kindergarten children will be served in classrooms.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Early Learning Collaborative: An "early learning collaborative" is a district or countywide council that writes and submits an application to participate in the voluntary pre-Kindergarten program.

An early learning collaborative is comprised, at a minimum:
- A public-school district (This entity must have at least one classroom.)
- And a local Head Start affiliate, if in existence. (This entity must have at least one classroom.)
Other partners could include:
- One or more licensed child care centers,
- Private or parochial schools,
- Agencies or other organizations that work with young children and their families to provide resources and coordination even if those agencies or organizations are not pre-Kindergarten providers.

- Pre-Kindergarten Provider: A "pre-Kindergarten provider" is a public, private or parochial school, licensed child care center or Head Start center that serves pre-Kindergarten children and participates in the voluntary pre-Kindergarten program.

- Lead Partner: A "lead partner" is a public-school district or other nonprofit entity with the instructional expertise and operational capacity to manage the early learning collaborative's pre-Kindergarten program as described in the collaborative's approved application for funds. The lead partner serves as the fiscal agent for the collaborative and shall disburse awarded funds in accordance with the collaborative's approved application. The lead partner must facilitate a professional learning community for the teachers in the pre-Kindergarten program and lead the collaborative. The lead partner ensures that the collaborative adopts and implements curriculum and assessments that align with the comprehensive early learning standards. The public school district shall be the lead partner if no other qualifying lead partner is selected.

Specific categories of non-allowable expenses include costs associated with writing the application, costs for entertainment, land acquisition, capital improvements/permanent renovations not required to maintain licensing requirements, tuition for staff to pursue required teaching degrees, stationary playground equipment, supervisory salary and fringe benefits, cost of substitute teachers, cost to attend out of state conferences (lodging, transportation, meals), and indirect cost.

Pre-Application Information:

Tentative Timeline:

- July 26, 2018: RFP Issued Email and Post to MDE Website or Disbursement Date
- August 13, 2018: Intent to Submit Proposal Form Due
- September 21, 2018: Proposals Due
- October 1 - 5, 2018: Evaluation of Proposals
- December 20, 2018: State Board of Education approval (if applicable)
- December 21, 2018: Notice of Awards (contingent on State Board approval)
- January 1, 2019 Grant Activity Begins

The Intent to Submit Proposal Form should be completed and submitted prior to the intent deadline. The Intent to Submit Proposal Form (page 47) is due on August 13, 2018. Failure to submit the form will not prevent applicants from submitting proposals in response to the Request for Proposals. The notice aids the MDE in planning.

The deadline for submitting written question by email is August 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Copies of all questions submitted and responses will be posted to MDE’s website www.mdek12.org under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on August 13, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

The Intent to Submit Proposal should be sent via e-mail to:
Dr. Jill Dent
Email: jdent@mdek12.org
Phone: 601-359-2586

Hand Deliver Proposals to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Early Learning Collaborative Act
Pre-Kindergarten Application
Central High School, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS

Mail Proposals to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Early Learning Collaborative Act
Pre-Kindergarten Application
Post Office Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Ship Proposals (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Early Learning Collaborative Act
Pre-Kindergarten Application
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Mississippi