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Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) - FY21 Preschool for All (PFA) 3-5 Years

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits, Schools, and For-Profits
for Early Childhood Services for At-Risk Children

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Deadline Date:

04/15/20 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Illinois nonprofits, school districts, charter schools, vocational centers, laboratory schools, and for-profits for early childhood programs for high-need and low-income families. The purpose of funding is to provide high-quality programs to three to five-year-old children who are determined to be at risk of academic failure.

The ECBG Preschool for All program provides at least 12.5 hours weekly of high-quality preschool, including comprehensive developmental screening; bachelor’s-level early childhood licensed teachers; and standards-aligned, research-based curriculum to provide children with a foundation of knowledge and skills that allows them to be successful throughout their school experience. 

The applicant must plan to serve a high number of children and families determined to be the most in need of the services provided by the Preschool for All program, as indicated by high levels of poverty; illiteracy; unemployment; limited English proficiency; or other need-related indicators, such as the school district's rate of dropouts, retention, truancy, teenage pregnancies and homeless students, high rates of infant mortality, birth trauma, low birth weight or prematurity, and high rates of child abuse and neglect. The program should be in a location where there is an insufficient number of other programs and services to fully serve all children and families who potentially could be at risk. 

The goals of the ECBG are to:

  • Increase the percentage of children who begin kindergarten healthy, safe, eager to learn, and ready to succeed.
  • Decrease disparities (e.g., racial, economic, geographic, etc.) in "readiness" at kindergarten entry and in achievement by third grade. 

Priority will be given to entities that propose to offer services to children who reside in Tier 1 or Tier II district boundaries and that can document there is an insufficient number of classrooms to fully serve at least 80 percent of all children and families who potentially could be at risk. This would include communities with the highest need and least saturation. 

For details on program priorities, see: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FY21-PFA-RFP.pdf#page=7

For details on program goals and objectives, see: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FY21-PFA-RFP.pdf#page=8

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185797

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are anticipated to average $4,000 per child to facilitate services to the most at-risk families.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will begin no sooner than July 1, 2020 and will extend from the execution date of the grant until June 30, 2021. Funding in the two subsequent years will be contingent upon a sufficient appropriation for the program and satisfactory progress in the preceding grant period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: Currently funded and new Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) applicants from Regional Offices of Education; public school districts; university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE); charter schools; area vocational centers; and public or private not-for-profit or for-profit entities with experience in providing educational, health, social, and/or child development services to young children and their families are eligible to submit a proposal for the Preschool for All (PFA) program for 3- to 5-year-olds.

Entities who are barred from receiving State or Federal funds as a result of being on the Stop Payment list are ineligible to apply for funds under this RFP.

Grant funds may not be used to provide religious instruction, conduct worship services or engage in any form of proselytization.

No funds may be used to help support or sustain any institution controlled by any church or sectarian denomination.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals can be submitted electronically through the ISBE Attachment Manger, mailed, or hand-delivered no later than 4 p.m. April 15, 2020. Late proposals will not be accepted.

IISBE will post any changes made to the NOFO/RFP prior to March 16, 2020. Applicants are advised to check the site before submitting a proposal.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will receive a Notice of Award from the state superintendent via e-mail approximately 90 days after the application deadline.

Each applicant must be registered in SAM and must provide a valid DUNS number in its application.

The State of Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requires applicants to complete pre-qualification requirements before applying for an FY 2020 grant. This includes completion of the Grantee Registration and Pre-qualification process through the Illinois GATA Web Portal:
https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/grantee/pages/default.aspx

To view a webinar with information on the FY 20 Request for Proposals:

Technical Assistance Webinar Recording:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/8043460125257834497

Contact Information:

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

For more information on this NOFO/RFP, contact Division of Early Childhood at 217-524-4835 or earlychi@isbe.net.

Applications may be submitted via the ISBE Attachment Manager:
https://sec1.isbe.net/attachmgr/default.aspx

Or mailed to:
ISBE Early Childhood Division
100 North First Street, E-225
Springfield, IL 62777

Or hand-delivered to:

Springfield Office
Reception Area
1st Floor
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Chicago Office
Reception Desk
14th Floor
100 West Randolph Street

Funding or Pin Number:

CSFA Number: 586-18-0868

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois

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