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Contracts for Services to California Agencies, LEAs, Nonprofits,
IHEs, and Businesses for Early Childhood Programs

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD)

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12/18/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Contracts for services to California agencies, LEAs, tribal entities, IHEs, businesses, and other contractors for services for children ages birth to 13. Programs focused on ages birth to 3 will be given priority. Funding is intended for programs filling a child care need in underserved communities.

The intent of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to expand full-day/full-year CCTR services statewide to the greatest extent possible. Infant Toddler care has been determined to be a priority due to low availability and high need. The RFA funding opportunity is available to existing CCTR contractors, to existing contractors that do not have a CCTR contract, or to new contractors without ELCD program contracts and to LEAs and non-LEAs as set forth above. These funds are intended to increase the availability of CCTR services to eligible children, particular Infant Toddler care services. The CCTR services should be provided based on the needs of families in the communities served and based on the priorities set forth in law.

The CDE will allocate funding by county, based on a statewide comparison of need and resources. Need is established by data and will be determined by the number of zero to three-year-old children in families at or below 70 percent of the state median income by county.

The CDE recognizes the characteristics of high-quality early education and support environments.

According to EC Section 8203, indicators of quality include the following:
- A physical environment that is safe and appropriate to the ages of the children and that meets applicable licensing standards
- Program activities and services that are age appropriate and meet the developmental needs of each child
- Program activities and services that meet the cultural and linguistic needs of children and families
- Family and community involvement
- Parent education
- Efficient and effective local program administration
- Staff that possesses the appropriate and required qualifications or experience, or both. The appropriate staff qualifications shall reflect the diverse linguistic and cultural makeup of the children and families in the child care and development program. The use of intergenerational staff shall be encouraged.
- Provision for nutritional needs of children
- Social services that include, but are not limited to, identification of child and family needs and referral to appropriate agencies
- Health services that include referral of children to appropriate agencies for services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184761

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any agency registered with the Secretary of State to do business in California, or any public agency or Local Education Agencies (LEA) may apply for funding pursuant to this RFA. Funding is allocated to those counties reflecting a need based on the formula described under program overview. The applicant must be licensed, be eligible for licensing in accordance with 22 CCR, Community Care Licensing, Division 12, or exempt from licensing pursuant to Health, and Safety Code Section 1596.792.

If the facilities are exempt by statute or otherwise exempt from licensing, they must comply with the health and safety regulations as set forth in the aforementioned regulations. Services to children may not begin until the contractor submits to CDE a copy of their site license or provides verification of their license exempt status.

Contractors must be identified as one of the below:
A city or city agency, county or county agency, state or federal agency, state college or university, community college, county office of education, school district, tribal council/military installation, private for-profit /private nonprofit, or direct funded charter school.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline (dates are subject to change):
- Request for Applications Released: November 8, 2018
- Applications Due to the ELCD: December 18, 2018 by 5:00 PM
- Notification of Scores to Applicants: February 1, 2019
- Appeals Due to the ELCD: February 21, 2019
- Awards Announced: March 15, 2019
- Award of Contracts: April 1, 2019

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Contact Information:

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

The application packages must be received at the following address:
California Department of Education
Early Learning and Care Division
Attention: Funding and Agency Support Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California