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Early Learning Transitional Programs

Grants to New Jersey LEAs for Transitional Learning
Programs for PreK-5 Students in Title I Schools

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New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)

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12/18/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to New Jersey Local Education Agencies that serve Title-I schools for programs that bridge early educational experiences for PreK-5 students. Required registrations may take several days to complete. Funding may be used to enhance and/or develop existing services for students, staff, and families.

The Early Learning Transitional Programs grant program is a federally-funded program using redirected FY18 Title I carryover funds, which is intended to improve the cognitive, health and social-emotional outcomes of Title I-eligible students from pre-school to fifth grade. These early learning transitional programs in the primary grades can provide all children with the capacity to retain cognitive gains and social-emotional competencies acquired throughout an academic year.

A Title I early learning program is when a Local Educational Agency (LEA)/school uses its Title I funds to improve the cognitive, health and social-emotional outcomes for eligible children. Such a program, is designed to prepare eligible children with the prerequisite skills and dispositions for learning that will enable them to benefit from later life experiences. If children are part of a quality early learning transitional program, they tend to have higher academic achievement, positive social relationships and they acquire self-regulation strategies which in-turn diminishes challenging behaviors.

Research demonstrates that high quality early learning education programs that are developmentally appropriate are the trajectory for a child’s on-going school and adult life success (Isaacs, 2012). Often times, achievement gaps persist among children who, for example, come from low-income families, are Dual Language Learners, homeless, or who may have developmental delays and/or learning disabilities. These gaps can be attributed to the nature of their circumstances, but can also be the result of the lack of appropriate educational supports and strategies to meet their learning needs.

Offering Early Learning Transitional Programs throughout the primary grades in particular, can provide all children with the capacity to retain cognitive gains and social-emotional competencies acquired throughout an academic year. “A developmental continuum of standards, curriculum and assessments extending from the early years into later school, can support better transitions from infant/toddler care through preschool programs to kindergarten and into the primary grades as teachers work within a consistent framework across educational settings” National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2011.

These grant funds can be used in a variety of ways to develop and/or enhance existing services for students in preschool to fifth-grade, instructional staff, support staff and parents/families. In order to make an informed decision regarding populations to be served and the types of programs to offer, districts will need to assess existing and past practices. Additionally, LEAs must work with local Head Start agencies/other preschool providers and programs to ensure a smooth transition from these programs into elementary school.

Here are a few examples of the various types of programs and supports the funding may be used for (but not limited to): summer enrichment programs, before-and afterschool extended learning activities; breakfast programs; and parent/family engagement activities (i.e. workshops).

Types of Title I Programs:

Targeted Assistance Programs (TA) [ESEA §1115]:

Schools that operate targeted assistance programs must use Title I funds solely for programs that provide services to eligible children identified as having the greatest academic need in meeting the challenging State academic standards. To assist local educational agencies (LEAs) and their targeted assistance schools provide opportunities for eligible children to meet the challenging State academic standards, each targeted assistance program shall:

- Determine which students will be served by establishing multiple, educationally-related objective criteria to be used in determining the academic need(s) of students, to include, but not limited to: State assessments, benchmark assessments, report cards, class grades, Intervention and Referral Services recommendations, and teacher recommendations;

- Serve only participating students identified as eligible children, their teachers, and parents and families by: Using resources to assist eligible children in meeting the challenging State academic standards, which may include programs, activities, and/or services necessary to provide a well-rounded education; Using methods and instructional strategies to strengthen the academic program of the school through activities, which may include –

- Expanded learning time, before- and after-school programs, summer programs, and weekend programs; and

- A tiered-model to prevent and address behavior issues, and early intervening services, coordinated with similar activities and services carried out under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);

- Coordinating with and supporting the regular education program, which may include services to assist pre-school children in the transition from early childhood education programs such as Head Start, literacy programs, or State-run pre-school programs to elementary school programs;

- Providing professional development to teachers, principals, other school leaders, paraprofessionals, and, if appropriate, specialized instructional support personnel, and other school personnel who work with eligible children in programs funded with Title I monies; and o Implementing strategies to increase the involvement of parents and families of eligible children in the education of those children.

Schoolwide Programs (SW) [ESEA §1114]:

The purpose of a Title I schoolwide program is to upgrade the entire educational program of a school that serves an eligible school attendance area in which not less than 40 percent of the children are from low- income families, or not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families. Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a school that serves an eligible school attendance area in which less than 40 percent of the children are from low-income families, or a school for which less than 40 percent of the children enrolled in the school are from such families, may operate a schoolwide program if the school receives a waiver from the State educational agency to do so, after taking into account how a schoolwide program will best serve the needs of the students in the school in improving academic achievement and other factors.

In a schoolwide program, all students, school staff, and parents and families are considered eligible to receive services funded with Title I monies. A school participating in a schoolwide program must use Title I funds to carry out programs, services, and/or activities only to supplement the amount of funds that would, in the absence of Title I funds, be made available from non-Federal sources for the school, including funds needed to provide services that are required by law for children with disabilities and English learners.

Eligible costs must be necessary, reasonable, and allocable, and may include, but are not limited to:

- Stipends, as consistent with local collective bargaining agreements, for staff to participate in program activities;
- Materials and supplies directly associated with documented program activities;
- Consultants to provide professional development to LEA teachers;
- Costs associated with parent and family engagement workshops: Materials and supplies; Light Refreshments (costs must be nominal in nature); Child Care expenses, and; Stipends for participating staff;
- Field Trips*
- Administrative costs, which may not exceed more than 5% of the total grant award; and
- Indirect Costs*

*See the RFP document below for details about eligible field trips and indirect costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184823

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Number of Grants:

Approximate Number of Awards: 26

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award under this program is $150,000.

Term of Contract:

The project period is March 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant opportunity is a limited, competitive grant program open to New Jersey Title I-funded local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools and Renaissance Projects serving Pre-K to 5 th grade school(s). LEAs may apply on behalf of one or more of their Title I-funded schools. Please Note: Applications from individual schools will not be accepted under this NGO. The grade level(s) served by the schools is at the discretion of the LEA, but must be specifically identified in the application.

LEAs with Title I- funded schools must meet the following criteria:

- A minimum district poverty rate of 35 percent or higher; and
- Operate either a Title I targeted assistance program or schoolwide program in the Title I-funded Pre-K to 5 th grade school(s).

Priority shall be given to LEAs that can demonstrate significant capacity to deliver quality programmatic activities as a lever for school improvement and increased student academic achievement.

Ineligible Costs Include:

- Entertainment costs, including “amusement, diversion, and social activities, as well as any cost associated with such items” (i.e., tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities);
- Cash incentives for participation in programs/services;
- Tuition reimbursement for district personnel;
- Capital Improvement/Construction Costs (including renovations to existing spaces);
- Purchase/Lease of Vehicles;
- Salary of Nonpublic Employees;
- Rental Space and Furniture; and
- Other Costs not supported by the application for this NGO.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The NJDOE will provide technical assistance sessions for this grant program. For further information on these technical assistance sessions, please refer to the NJDOE Discretionary Grants Office of Grants Management (OGM) webpage: Details regarding this technical assistance will be issued via a Broadcast memorandum.

Pre-Application Information:

The Application Control Center (ACC) must receive the completed application through the online Electronic Web Enabled Grant (EWEG) system at NJDOE Homeroom no later than 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

In accordance with the Federal Fiscal Accountability Transparency Act (FFATA), all grant recipients must have a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and also must be registered with the federal System for Award Management (SAM), the successor to the federal Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database. DUNS numbers are issued by Dun and Bradstreet and are available for free to all entities required to register under FFATA.
- Obtain a DUNS number:
- To register with the SAM database, go to

Each eligible applicant must have a logon ID and password to access the system. LEA applicants must contact their district’s Web (Homeroom) Administrator, who will complete the necessary registration. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for the registration to be completed.

Applicants are advised to plan appropriately to allow time to address any technical challenges that may occur. Additionally, applicants should run a consistency check at least 24 hours before the due date to determine any errors that might prevent submission of the application. Applicants are advised not to wait until the due date to submit the application online as the EWEG system may be slower than normal due to increased usage.

Payment of grant funds is made through a reimbursement system. Reimbursement requests for any and all expended grant funds are made through the Electronic Web-Enabled Grant (EWEG) system.

Contact Information:

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

NJDOE Homeroom:

New Jersey Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
(609) 376-9077

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey