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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

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 2015-2016 (FY16), so that they will be able to implement full-day kindergarten at the start of the 2016-2017 school year (FY17).

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 FY16 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.

  • 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 FY17.
  • Districts seeking to transition FY16 part-time kindergarten classes to full-day kindergarten classrooms that will open at the start of the 2016-2017 school year (FY17) are eligible to apply for this competitive grant.

  • Districts that are recipients of an FY16 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 $350,000 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 FY16 school year (2015-2016).

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 - 6/30/2016
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contacts: Mary Jane Crotty
Phone Number: (781) 338-6305
Date Due: The full proposal (all required forms) is due Thursday, October 15, 2014. Proposals must be received at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) by 5:00 p.m. on the date due. See submission instructions below for more details.
Required Forms:
Download 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.

See important Workbook notes 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 Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Second Letter of Assurance
A second Letter of Assurance is required from the School Committee Chair, outlining the elements as listed in Part III Section G.2 This will be due in the spring 2016. Funded districts will be notified of the due date for this letter.

*Part I/II Signature Page / Budget Workbook Note:

  • Under Page Setup, please use the portrait and not landscape setting, and fit it to 2 x 2, to make it easier for the Department to print it.

  • Please name the Excel Budget Workbook as follows: FY16_702_DISTRICT_LEACODE.

  • 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 - Fiscal Year 2015-2016 (FY16)
Additional information on the Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten grant program is included in Appendix A. 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.

Submission Instructions: Submit the following by 5:00 p.m. on the date due (Thursday, October 15, 2015):

Email all required forms in their original Excel or Word formats to (see Required Forms section above). Please additionally email a printed, signed, scanned version (PDF) of the Part I signature page and the First Letter of Assurance (See Part III, Section G for details.) Please write in the email subject line: "District Name - FY16 FC 702 application."

Last Updated: September 16, 2015
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