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Kansas Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership Grant

Grants to Kansas Early Childhood Programs
to Increase the Quality of Care

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), Economic and Employment Services (EES)

LOI Date:

02/25/21

Deadline Date:

03/15/21 2:00 PM CST

Description:

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Grants to Kansas qualifying nonprofit early childhood programs to increase the quality of the care provided. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to give young children from high-need areas the best early education possible.

The purpose of this program is to provide Child Care Development Funds (CCDF) to Federally recognized Early Head Start Programs to implement comprehensive services to childcare partner programs which exhibit need, desire to participate, and have willingness to follow enhanced program regulations. KEHS grantees may also offer their own center-based classes.

Programs should contain design elements that may include the following program goals and outcomes.

  • The KEHS grantee shall be responsible for providing direct services that support the implementation of evidence-based strategies that result in improvements in targeted state or community-level factors, while also contributing to state and local outcomes as indicated below:
  • Child outcomes indicated by children demonstrating age appropriate levels in all domains of development and children are physically and mentally healthy.
  • Parent and family outcomes indicated by parents demonstrating knowledge and skills related to child development, parenting practices and access to Early Head Start Services.
  • Families are stable and supportive, and parents are working, enrolled in school or a job training program.
  • Quarterly performance measures for Status Reports will include:
    • 95% of the children will be screened within 45 days of enrollment.
    • 95% of the families will have an active family partnership plan within 45 days of enrollment.
  • Community needs assessment for upcoming fiscal year.

Priority will be given to grantees willing to provide service in their service area that have been listed as high need counties within their service area. Fifty-two (52) high priority counties have been identified based on high poverty, unemployment and out of home placement data. The data collected for the high priority counties includes high poverty, high unemployment, high out of home placement (OOHP). Applying equal weight to the data points, DCF identified the top half of counties with the highest at-risk index scores.

If funding limitations occur, priority will be given to applicants that serve these high need priority counties. The high priority counties are: Allen, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Franklin, Graham, Greenwood, Harper, Jackson, Kingman, Labette, Lincoln, Linn, Lyon, Montgomery, Morton, Neosho, Osage, Pawnee, Phillips, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Rush, Russell, Saline,  Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Sherman, Stafford, Sumner, Wilson, Woodson, and Wyandotte.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194610

Term of Contract:

Grant Year: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

There will be an option of two (2) one-year renewals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DCF invites applications from Federally recognized Early Head Start Programs in Kansas to apply.

Grant applicant agencies must have and provide verification of their 501(c)3 status at the time of application.

Ineligible items:
- Items ineligible for grant award reimbursement include: alcohol, for consumption purposes; land; construction or reconstruction of driving ranges, towers and skid pads; construction, rehabilitation or remodeling of State, local or private buildings or structures; and office furnishings and fixtures. Grant funds shall never be used to purchase property or build facilities.
- Grantees are responsible for paying for grant-funded goods and services in a timely manner. Grant funds may not be used to pay late fees, finance charges, interest, or any costs associated with late or overdue bills. All such costs are the sole responsibility of the Grantee.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Release of Request for Proposal: January 28, 2021
- Written Questions from Potential Grant Applicant Agencies: due by 2 p.m. CST February 11, 2021
- Answers to Written Questions from Potential Grant Applicant Agencies posted online and e-mailed by DCF: February 18, 2021
- Letters of Intent: due by 2 p.m. CST February 25, 2021
- Grant Applications: due no later than 2 p.m. CST March 15, 2021
- DCF Notifies Applicant Agencies of Status: May 3, 2021
- Grant Year: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

In order to apply, applicant agencies are required to submit an electronic Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI must be e-mailed to the DCF Grant Manager no later than 2 p.m. CST on February 25, 2021.

Grant applicant agencies must have and provide verification of their DUNS Number at the time of application.

Please note DCF grant awards are reimbursement-based.

Contact Information:

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

Send letter of intent and questions to dcf.grants@ks.gov.

Applications should be addressed to:
DCF Grant Manager
Office of Grants and Contracts
Kansas Department for Children and Families
DCF Administration Building
555 S. Kansas Ave., 5th Floor
Topeka, KS 66603

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