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Announcement of Funding Opportunity
RFP #: GC17-017

Additional Grants for the Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High-Need School Districts


RECENT UPDATES

7/17/17:

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Appendix C – Grant Calculator Excel
Appendix D Adobe PDF | Appendix D Word documentSelf-Assessment and Quality Improvement Action Plan
Appendix E Adobe PDF | Appendix E Word documentRequest for Variance from Pre-K Collaboration Requirement
Appendix F Adobe PDF | Appendix F Word documentEligible School Districts
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 6/28/17
Districts Submitting Notice of Intent Adobe PDF

Legislative Authority

Chapter 50 of the Laws of 2017 appropriates $5 million for prekindergarten grants to establish new full-day prekindergarten placements, convert existing half-day placements to full-day, or create new half-day placements for three- and/or four-year old students, designated for high need children in low wealth school districts.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of Additional Grants for Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High Need School Districts is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children and schools within New York State. 

Project Period

Initial period: July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Grantees will have the opportunity to renew funding on an annual basis for the following school year and thereafter subject to the achievement of performance targets and the annual appropriation of funds in the State budget for this purpose.  The project period for subsequent awards will be one year from July 1st through June 30th. 

Eligible Applicants

A school district is eligible to apply for this grant if it has a Needs Resource Index of 0.75 or higher, as most recently calculated by the State Education Department or if it is a high-need school district based on the State Education Department’s most recent calculation of the Need Resource Category.
Appendix F lists the school districts eligible to apply.

Due to the highly competitive nature of this grant, a strong preference for funding will be given to districts that currently do not offer a state funded prekindergarten program.

For purposes of this grant, charter schools and BOCES are not included in the definition of public schools and are not eligible to apply.

Amount of Funding

The New York State Education Department will award up to $5 million to fund grants for the 2017-2018 school year and each school year thereafter subject to the achievement of performance targets and the availability of annual appropriations.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 6/28/17

All questions must be submitted via E-Mail to PREKRFP@nysed.gov by close of business June 23, 2017.  A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to NYSED Funding Opportunity Web Page  no later than June 28, 2017.

Mandatory Notice of Intent

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 email to PREKRFP@nysed.gov   no later than July 14, 2017. The Department will post on its website by July 16, 2017 a list of school districts that submitted the mandatory Notice of Intent to apply for these funds.

Application Due Date

Submit 1 original and 3 copies postmarked by August 9, 2017, to:

New York State Education Department
Attn:  Additional Grants for Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students in High Need School Districts
Office of Early Learning
89 Washington Avenue
Room 319 EB
Albany, NY 12234

Applications are also required to be submitted to the Department via email to PREKRFP@nysed.gov. The file format can be in PDF or in Word/Excel. The subject line of the email should read as follows: Expanded PreK RFP GC #17-017 and the legal name of applicant school district

Appendices

Appendix A: Standard Clauses for New York State Contracts
Appendix A-1 G: General Assurances
Appendix B: Statement of Assurances
Appendix C: Grant Calculator
Appendix D: Quality Self-Assessment & Improvement Plan
Appendix E: Collaboration Variance Request
Appendix F: Eligible School Districts

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Appendix C – Grant Calculator Excel
Appendix D Adobe PDF | Appendix D Word documentSelf-Assessment and Quality Improvement Action Plan
Appendix E Adobe PDF | Appendix E Word documentRequest for Variance from Pre-K Collaboration Requirement
Appendix F Adobe PDF | Appendix F Word documentEligible School Districts
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 6/28/17
Districts Submitting Notice of Intent Adobe PDF


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Last Updated: July 17, 2017