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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten
Fund Code: 702

Purpose: The purpose of the state-funded Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten grant is to encourage the voluntary expansion of high-quality, full-day kindergarten classrooms across Massachusetts. The grant is intended to assist districts with the preparation needed during fiscal year FY2012, so that they will be able to implement full-day kindergarten at the start of the 2012-2013 school year (FY2013).

Grantees will be eligible for funding to support the implementation of these classrooms through a FY2013 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant (Fund Code: 701). The FY2013 grant will be contingent upon the grantee meeting all FY2012 Fund Code: 702 grant requirements and submitting an approvable FY2013 701 Grant application in the Spring/Summer 2012. Awards will be contingent on state appropriation.

The larger purpose of the state-funded Kindergarten Development Grant program is to enhance the educational experience of children by ensuring access to high quality full-day kindergarten programs to assist in preventing and closing the achievement gap through integrating curriculum across the content areas; pursuing accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); increasing inclusion; promoting continuity of curriculum from preschool to third grade; and developing other program components.

Full-day kindergarten is defined as a minimum of five instructional hours, for five days/week, for 180-days/school year.
Priorities: Competitive priority (preference over an application of comparable merit that does not meet the criteria) will be given to districts with the greatest need as defined by:
  • higher percentages of low-income students;
  • higher percentages of students who are English language learners; and
  • lower Composite Performance Index (CPI) data for the 3rd grade MCAS assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Competitive priority may also be given to:
  • districts that are not currently recipients of the FY2012 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant (FC: 701) and meet the priorities listed above; and
  • districts that can demonstrate the need for full-day kindergarten based on other criteria of need (e.g., an individual school meeting the criteria above, the needs of a particular population, needs based on rural or isolated locations, etc.).
NOTE: Some consideration may also be given to geographic distribution among grantees, in order to reach students and families in need of these services across the Commonwealth.
  • Districts seeking to transition part-time to full-day kindergarten classrooms that will open at the start of the 2012-2013 school year (FY2013) are eligible to apply.
  • Districts that are recipients of a FY2012 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant (Fund Code 701) and want to transition additional existing part-time kindergarten sessions to full-day programs are also eligible to apply.
NOTES:
  • Along with all other required forms (see Required Forms section below), eligible districts must submit a Letter of Assurance as outlined in Part III - Section G.1 indicating their willingness to adhere to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (the Department) policies relating to the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant (Fund Code: 701), including NAEYC Accreditation, tuition policy and sliding fee scale, lottery systems, and public school preschool space.
  • As noted in Part III - Section G. 2, eligible school districts, pending award of the grant, must submit a letter from its school committee chair indicating a programmatic and budget commitment to opening the part-day kindergarten sessions as full-day kindergarten classrooms in FY2013.
Funding: A total of approximately $910,000 is available for this competitive grant. Funds will be awarded to eligible districts based on the following amount per classroom: up to $10,000 for each part-time kindergarten session to be transitioned to a full-day kindergarten classroom. Grant awards may be adjusted to a lower amount per classroom. Funding will allow the Department to support approximately 91 part-day sessions to transition to full-day kindergarten classrooms.
Fund Use: Funds may be used for activities related to meeting the required grant goals. Refer to Appendix A: Additional Program Information in the Additional Information section for details on required and optional grant activities.

Funds may not be used for classes that operate as full-day kindergarten classrooms in the 2011-2012 school year (FY2012).

Funds may not be used for screening instruments or personnel to identify special education needs or for other costs associated with specific children's Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2012*

*Programs that successfully complete the Fund Code: 702 grant requirements will be eligible to receive a Fund Code: 701 implementation grant in FY2013 (to run upon approval through 6/30/2013) contingent upon state funding. See Purpose section above for more details.
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Min-hua Chen mchen@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: 781-338-6352
Dates Due (for Intents to Apply and Full Proposals): By January 17, 2012, an Intent to Apply is due via email to mchen@doe.mass.edu. (See Required Forms section below for more details.)

The full proposal (all other required forms) is due Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the due date.
Required Forms: Intent to Apply:

Create a Word Document to serve as your Intent to Apply. Include the district name, contact information, and estimated number of part-day kindergarten sessions that will open as full-day classrooms in FY2013 and that will be included in the FY2012 Fund Code: 702 grant proposal. These letters are required to be emailed to mchen@doe.mass.edu by January 17, 2012. The remaining required forms are due by mail to the Department by January 24, 2012 (see Submission Instructions section below for the address).

  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS EXCEL document  Part II Workbook - Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
    (Print and mail with the application all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions below.)
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Letter of Assurance (See Part III, Section G for details.)
    A Letter of Assurance from the Superintendent outlining the elements listed in Part III Section G.1 will be due with this application on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
  5. A second Letter of Assurance from the School Committee outlining the elements as listed in Part III Section G.2 will be due in the spring 2012. Funded districts will be notified of the due date for this letter.

*Note: The Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables.

  1. For Microsoft Office 2000/2003, you may need to change the security setting in Excel before opening the file. In Excel, click 'Tools', 'Macro', and then 'Security'. When the dialog box appears, change the security setting to 'Medium' and then click 'OK'. You can now open the budget file.

  2. For Microsoft Office 2007, you must save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).

Additional Information: Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Appendix A: Additional Program Information

Additional information on the Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten grant program is included in Appendix A, which contains information on the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant (Fund Code: 701) and its FY2012 RFP.

See also the Kindergarten Learning Experiences Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document and the Download MS WORD document  FY2012 Tuition Policies for the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grantees.

Completing an end-of-year report on the progress of grant activities will be required. Details will be sent to all grant recipients.

On Friday, January 6, 2012, the Department will host a Bidders' Conference webinar from 12:00-1:30. To register for the webinar, click on the link above. Instructions for calling in and logging on to the webinar will be sent to registered participants by Thursday, January 5, 2012.
Submission Instructions: Email the Intent to Apply to mchen@doe.mass.edu by January 17, 2012.

Mail three (3) sets of the full proposal including all other required documents, with all three having an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director, by January 24, 2012.

Mail to:

Min-hua Chen
Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: December 27, 2011
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