P-12

Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education

New $340 Million Funding Opportunity:
2014-2015 Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program


RECENT UPDATES

  • UPDATE July 8, 2014
    • While not required to do so, the following districts have notified SED that they have withdrawn their intent to apply for Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten funding: Bedford Central School District, Binghamton, DeRuyter, Jamestown, Half Hollow Hills, Hicksville, South Country, Commack, East Hampton, Peekskill and Utica
    • Updated List of Districts Intending to Submit an Application PDF icon (251 KB)
  • UPDATE July 2, 2014
    • APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please be advised that the DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN EXTENDED to 12 PM on Friday, July 11, 2014 for the new $340 Million Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program.
    • Addendum to Questions and Answers PDF icon (84 KB) - The answer to question 7 (section 1) has been revised based on the revised application deadline.
  • UPDATE June 27, 2014
    • FS-20 Budget Form Excel (79 KB) - To assist districts with completing their applications we have provided the budget form here.
    • While not required to do so, the following districts have notified SED that they have withdrawn their intent to apply for Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten funding: Commack, East Hampton, Peekskill and Utica

  • UPDATE June 19, 2014:
    • The deadline to submit Letters of Intent to apply for New York's Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 5:00 P.M. THURSDAY, JUNE 19.
    • Letters of Intent should be sent to nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov. If your district wishes to submit an application for this funding opportunity, a Letter of Intent must be received by the Department by 5:00pm on Thursday, June 19, 2014.
    • A COMPLETE LIST of school districts intending to submit an application WILL BE POSTED ON FRIDAY JUNE 20, 2014. Subsequent to submission of a Letter of Intent, applications for New York's Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program are due to the Department no later than 3:00 PM on July 7, 2014. Any questions about the extended deadline, feel free to call the Office of Early Learning at 518-474-5832.
  • UPDATE June 3, 2014: An incorrect email was listed in the application document. Please confirm that any correspondence you have sent was sent to the correct email address at nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov

GRANT APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.27 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (485 KB)
Application Information Appendix C-1 Excel File (101 KB)
Sample Application Information Appendix C-1 PDF icon (201 KB)
Appendix C-2: Grant Calculator Excel File (67 KB)
Supplement Supplant Appendix C-3 Excel File (25 KB)
FS-20 Budget Form Excel (79 KB)

Legislative Authority and Purpose of Grant Funds

Chapter 53 of the Laws of 2014 appropriates $340 million for prekindergarten grants to incentivize and fund universal full-day prekindergarten programs, in accordance with Section 3602-ee of the Education Law. Proposals must demonstrate innovation and high quality as well as address student and community need.

Project Period and Payment of Awards

July 1, 2014, – June 30, 2015
The New York State Education Department (“Department”) will make payment of awarded funds upon documentation of eligible expenditures following the close of the grant period, provided that up to 25% of a school district’s and/or eligible entity’s awarded funds will be made available in the final quarter of the school year in which the services are provided as an advance on subsequent school year liabilities. This results in state funds first being made available as soon as April 2015. The remaining funds of a school district’s and/or eligible entity’s awarded funds will be made available after June 30, 2015, following the review and approval of annual program and fiscal reports required by the Department. Grant funds and associated expenditures of these grant funds for the Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Program must be separately accounted and not commingled with other funds, and in the case of a school district funds must be maintained in, and expenditures made from, a special revenue (special aid) fund. Grantees will have the opportunity to renew funding on an annual basis provided the programs meet quality standards and all applicable requirements, and subject to the annual appropriation of funds in the State budget for this purpose. Payments for programs operated in the 2015-2016 school year will be made through a similar payment schedule, subject to the requirements of statutory language. The project period for subsequent awards will be one year from July 1st through June 30th. 

Eligible Applicants

  1. Consolidated Applications: Individual School Districts may submit a consolidated application, which includes programs offered by schools, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations,1 charter schools, libraries and/or museums that demonstrate a geographic diversity within the area to be served as well as diversity of providers; and
  2. Individual Applications: Non-profit organizations, community-based organizations, charter schools, libraries and museums may apply individually if the provider has been denied inclusion in the school district’s consolidated application. In order to be eligible to apply individually, the provider must provide written verification from the school district of having been denied inclusion in a school district’s consolidated application.

Pursuant to New York State's Grants Reform requirements, not-for-profit organizations interested in doing business with the state must prequalify in order to apply for a competitive grant. Please see the section of the RFP called “Prequalification for Individual Applications.” Pursuant to Article 15-A of the NYS Executive Law, all applicants are required to comply with the Department’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) participation goals.  Please see the section of the RFP called “Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Participation Goals Pursuant to Article 15-A of the New York State Executive Law.”


1 Eligible community-based organizations include existing providers of child care and early education, licensed or registered day care providers, Head Start programs, nursery schools, preschool special education (4410) providers, BOCES, non-public schools, libraries and museums.

Questions and Answers

Questions about this RFP must be sent to nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov  on or before June 5, 2014. A written Questions and Answers Summary will be posted by June 13, 2014 to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html.

Mandatory Notice of Intent for School Districts’ Consolidated Application

To assist the Department in planning for the grant review process and expediting the announcement of awards, school districts that intend to submit a proposal must submit a Notice of Intent via E-Mail to nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov  no later than June 19, 2014. The Department will post on its website by June 20, 2014, a list of districts that submitted the mandatory Notice of Intent to apply for these funds. This posting will serve as a notification of denial for an eligible entity located in a school district that chooses not to apply for these funds, allowing said eligible entity to apply directly to the Department (see page 5 for more information).

Application Due Date

One (1) original and three (3) paper copies of a complete application must be received by the Department by 12:00 PM by July 11, 2014.

Deliver application packages to:

New York State Education Department 
Attn: Contract Administration Unit
Richard Duprey, GC RFP  #14-011
89 Washington Avenue, Room 501 EBA
Albany, NY 12234 

Applications should also be submitted to the Department via e-mail to nysufdpk@mail.nysed.gov. The file format can be in PDF or Word/Excel.  The subject line of the email should read as follows: GC RFP #14-011 and the legal name of provider organization.

Appendices

Appendix A:           Standard Clauses for NYS Contracts
Appendix A-1 G:    General Assurances
Appendix B:           Statement of Assurances
Appendix C-1:        Applicant Information Form
Appendix C-2:        Grant Calculator Form
Appendix C-3         Supplement and Not Supplant Reporting
Appendix D:           Collaboration Variance Request Form

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.27 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (485 KB)
Application Information Appendix C-1 Excel File (101 KB)
Sample Application Information Appendix C-1 PDF icon (201 KB)
Appendix C-2: Grant Calculator Excel File (67 KB)
Supplement Supplant Appendix C-3 Excel File (25 KB)
FS-20 Budget Form Excel (79 KB)


Original Grant Application Posting Date: May 31, 2014

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Last Updated: August 18, 2014