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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten Grant
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 2014-2015 (FY15), so that they will be able to implement full-day kindergarten at the start of the 2015-2016 school year (FY16).

Grantees will be eligible for funding to support the implementation of these full-day classrooms through an FY16 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant (Fund Code: 701). The FY16 701 grant will be contingent upon the grantee meeting all FY15 Fund Code 702 grant requirements and submitting an approvable FY16 701 Grant application in the Spring/Summer 2015. Awards will be also contingent on FY16 state appropriation.

The larger purpose of the state-funded Kindergarten Development Grant program (Fund Code 701) is to enhance the educational experience of children by ensuring access to high quality full-day kindergarten programs to assist in preventing and closing proficiency gaps 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 FY15 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.

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 (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 FY16.

Eligibility: Pending funding appropriation and final state budget line item language details:
  • Districts seeking to transition FY15 part-time kindergarten classes to full-day kindergarten classrooms that will open at the start of the 2015-2016 school year (FY16) are eligible to apply for this competitive grant.

  • Districts that are recipients of an FY15 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant (Fund Code 701) and want to transition additional existing part-time kindergarten sessions to full-day programs are among those eligible to apply (as are districts that are not recipients of that grant).

Funding: 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.

An estimated total of approximately $500,000 is available for this competitive grant program.

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 below for details on required and optional grant activities.

Funds may not be used for classes that operate as full-day kindergarten classrooms in the FY15 school year (2014-2015).

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 - 6/30/2015

Programs that successfully complete the FY15 Fund Code 702 grant requirements will be eligible to receive an FY16 Fund Code 701 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten implementation grant, contingent upon state funding. See Purpose section above for more details.

Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contacts: Mary Jane Crotty mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6305
Date Due: By Wednesday, October 1, 2014, an Intent to Apply is due via email to mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu. (See Required Forms section below for more details.)

The full proposal (all other required forms) is due Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the dates due.

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 FY16 and that will be included in the FY15 Fund Code 702 grant proposal. These letters are required to be emailed to mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu by Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

Full Proposal: 
Download MS EXCEL Document
Part I/Part II Signature Page and Budget Workbook - General Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) and Budget / Budget Narrative Workbook.

Notes:
For the mailed versions, please print and mail two signed copies of the Part I signature page; and print and mail two copies of all four budget and budget narrative pages (using the portrait and not landscape setting).

For the emailed version, please name the Excel Budget Workbook as follows: FY15702_DISTRICT_LEACODE.

Also see important opening instructions at the bottom of this section.*


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Part III - Required Program Information

  
First 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 Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

  
Second Letter of Assurance (See Part III, Section G for details.)
A second Letter of Assurance is required from the School Committee, outlining the elements as listed in Part III Section G.2 This will be due in the spring 2015. Funded districts will be notified of the due date for this letter.

*Part I/II Signature Page / Budget Workbook 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:
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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 the FY15 Fund Code 701 RFP.

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Kindergarten Learning Experiences

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Fund Code 701 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.

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Registration and Information
The Department will host approximately two Bidder's Conference information session webinar(s). Applicants are encouraged but not required to participate: See webinar Registration page for details and dates that will be posted once confirmed.

Submission Instructions:
  1. Email the Intent to Apply to mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu by Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

And

Submit the full proposal by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

  1. Email all required forms to mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu. Signatures are not needed on the emailed versions. Please write in the subject line: "District Name - FY15 FC 702 application."

    And

  2. Mail (or hand deliver) three (3) complete application package with all required forms, with original signatures. For the Part I/II Excel Workbook, please make sure to include the Part I Signature page and the four Part II Budget and Budget Narrative pages. All signatures should be originals (not a photocopy).

    Mail to:

    Mary Jane Crotty
    Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: July 24, 2014
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