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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Enhancement Grant: Focus on Program Quality in the Early Grades
Fund Code: 701a

Purpose: The purpose of this state-funded enhancement grant program is to enhance full-day grant programs by supporting high quality educational programs for children in kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms.

Priorities: In the Fall of 2015, the Department released a pilot version of a document, entitled Fostering Learning in the Early Years: Elements of High-Quality Kindergarten Download Word Document. This resource document was jointly developed by staff from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department), the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), and Early Childhood Coordinators from public school districts across the Commonwealth. While aligned with EEC's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) for preschool programs, the document provides a framework for thinking about how to support kindergarten students (primarily 5 and 6-year olds) in meeting high standards through the provision of developmentally appropriate classroom practices. The document outlines the elements of quality in kindergarten programs that research and practice show are critical to young children's development and successful learning.

Additionally, the Department published Self Assessment - Elements of High Quality Kindergarten Download PDF Document  Download Excel Document, a companion tool that was developed for use with Fostering Learning in the Early Years: Elements of High Quality Kindergarten. Specifically, this tool was created to assist districts in reflecting and assessing on the extent to which district, school and classroom kindergarten practices are aligned with the indicators outlined in the aforementioned Elements of High Quality Kindergarten document.

There are two priorities for this non-competitive funding opportunity:
  1. Professional Development for Kindergarten Instructional Assistants:
    Provide professional development for kindergarten instructional assistants that is related to the indicators listed in the "Learning Environment" and "Instruction" elements, at a minimum, as found in the Elements of High Quality Kindergarten document; and/or

  2. Multi-Grade Alignment and Self-Assessment:
    Convene a committee of administrators and educators for Preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grade to plan for alignment of practices (into 1st and 2nd grade) with the indicators listed in the "Learning Environment" and "Instruction" elements, at a minimum, as found in the Elements of High Quality Kindergarten, including a self-assessment and development of a professional development plan. Initial professional development in one or both of these elements based on the initial self-assessment for 1st and 2nd grade is also encouraged.

Note Added Early April 2016: A third priority of this enhancement grant opportunity is to provide additional funding for Level 4 and 5 district grantees, to further support FY16 Fund Code 701 grant purposes. See Addendum B in the Additional Information section below for more details.

Eligibility: Level 3, 4 and 5 districts awarded a Fund Code (FC) 701 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant in fiscal year 2015-2016 (FY16) are eligible to apply for funding. See Addendum A below in the Additional Information section for a list of eligible entities and funding amounts.

Funding: Grant awards will be processed through an increase to the Fund Code 701 grant, and will range from $10,000-$20,000, based on the district's FY16 FC 701 grant award amount, as follows:

FY16 FC 701 grant award
(for Level 3-5 Districts)
FY16 FC 701a
grant eligibility
(increase amount)
< $100,000$10,000
$100,000-$300,000$15,000
> $300,000$20,000

A total of approximately $460,000 is available (from unrequested Fund Code 701 and 702 Grant funds). The review process will be rolling with awards made on a first come basis to eligible applicants that submit proposals that meet all grant requirements, until all available funds are awarded.

Note Added Early April 2016: Level 4 and 5 grantees are eligible to request an additional $25,550 (which could be increased further if all eligible districts do not submit required forms by the due date. Final grant amounts will be confirmed on or before May 1, 2016. See Addendum B in the Additional Information section below for more details.

See Addendum A below in the Additional Information section for a list of eligible entities and funding amounts.

Fund Use: Funds may be used for salaries and stipends for committee work, planning meetings and/or attendance at professional development sessions related to the quality indicators; substitutes for teachers and/or instructional assistants to be able to attend professional development; professional development for administrators, educators and/or instructional assistants Preschool through Grade 2; walk-through activities using the Elements of High Quality Kindergarten document; and teacher mentors, coaches, or other technical assistance related to the quality indicators; consultants and specialists to provide professional development and/or technical assistance related to the quality indicators.

For districts participating in the Focus on Early Literacy (Fund Codes 734a or 734b), these grant funds can be used to extend professional development to kindergarten instructional assistants and/or to begin planning for implementation of the five core principles in first and second grade.

Note Added Early April 2016: The additional increases for Level 4 and 5 districts may be used to support allowable FC 701 grant purposes. See Addendum B in the Additional Information section below for more details.

Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2016
Program Unit: Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contacts: Emily Taylor etaylor@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6313
Date Due: Applications are due no later than Tuesday, March 15, 2016, or until all available funds are awarded. Proposals must be emailed to the achievement@doe.mass.edu by 5:00 p.m. on the date due. See Submission Instructions information for more details.

Note Added Early April 2016: Requests for additional increases for Level 4 and 5 grantee districts must be received by Friday, April 15, 2016. See Addendum B in the Additional Information section below for more details.

These non-competitive grant funds will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. When the grant funds have been allocated, the grant opportunity will be closed.

Applicants should indicate the requested start date on the Part I Signature Page (see Required Forms section below). Please note that Department staff will use this start date if possible, but will be confirmed by the project duration dates listed in the Department's Grants Payment Center.

Required Forms:
Download Excel Document
Amendment Form (AM1) — Use this form to request these additional funds through increase to the current Fund Code 701 Quality Full-Day Grant award total.

Download Excel Document
Part II Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook — General Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) and Budget / Budget Narrative Workbook.

Use this form to show the revised Fund Code 701 budget and budget narrative for the entire grant total, including the increased grant award amount. Please name the Excel Budget Workbook as follows: FY16701a_DISTRICT_LEACODE.

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

Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Use this form to respond to questions about program quality in the early grades and plans for implementing these funds.

*Part II Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook Opening 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 Excel Document
Addendum A — Eligible entities and funding amounts
Note: This document was updated in early April 2016.
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Addendum B — Additional Increases Available for Level 4-5 Grantees
Note: This document was added in early April 2016.
Submission Instructions: Submit the following as soon as possible, and by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016). Note Added Early April 2016: Submit additional increase requests for Level 4-5 grantees as soon as possible, and by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016). See Date Due section above for more details.

Email all required forms in their original Excel or Word formats to achievement@doe.mass.edu (see Required Forms section above). Please additionally email a printed, signed, scanned version (PDF) of the Amendment Form (AM1). Please write in the email subject line: "District Name — FY16 FC 701a Increase Request."


Last Updated: February 24, 2016
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