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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Quality Full-Day Kindergarten
Fund Code: 701

Purpose: The purpose of this state-funded grant program is to support high quality educational programs for children in full-day kindergarten classrooms by: improving the quality of curriculum and classroom environment; providing continuity of curriculum across preschool, kindergarten, and grades one through three; and developing other programmatic components of kindergarten listed below. (Full-day kindergarten is defined as a minimum of five instructional hours, for five days/week, for 180-days/school year.)
Priorities: The three main priorities of this grant program include the following:
  1. Enhance the quality of inclusive full-day kindergarten classrooms to meet the needs of all children, including children with disabilities and those from diverse cultural, economic, and linguistic backgrounds. The criteria for quality are based on research factors that affect the quality of kindergarten programs, the preK-3 approach, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation standards for kindergarten. Maximum kindergarten class sizes of 20-24 children, with 1:10 to 1:12 adult-child ratios, are recommended for this program.

    Districts arerequired to:
    1. plan, develop, and/or adapt curriculum based on how kindergarten children learn by
      1. using the Kindergarten Learning Experiences Download MS WORD Document based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks;
      2. becoming familiar with the revised 2011 Curriculum Frameworks in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics
    2. improve continuity of curriculum and assessment from preschool through grade three;
    3. facilitate transitions of children and families between grade levels;
    4. pursue NAEYC accreditation for full-day kindergarten classrooms or be approved to use an alternative to accreditation;
    5. support and improve inclusion of children with disabilities in the general education classroom, and support the education of English language learners; and
    6. employ instructional aides to decrease adult-child ratios.

    Districts are strongly encouraged to enhance quality by doing one or more of the following:
    1. support teachers, instructional aides, and special education staff to work effectively together to develop and implement integrated curriculum and differentiated instruction;
    2. support and improve family involvement;
    3. provide effective professional development;
    4. add materials/supplies to support the curriculum, differentiated instruction, etc.; and
    5. implement authentic, research-based assessment systems to document children's progress and to plan and evaluate curriculum effectiveness.

  2. Continue the work of the Early Childhood/Early Elementary Curriculum Committee to:
    1. develop and implement kindergarten curriculum and ongoing assessment;
    2. work with the School Readiness Committee to align curriculum and assessment with the Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences, the Kindergarten Learning Experiences, and the revised 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks; and
    3. develop ways to strengthen family involvement in the program and curriculum.

  3. Continue the work of the district-wide School Readiness Committee to plan and oversee this program, address school readiness issues in the district, and establish and maintain linkages and collaboration among public and private preschool and kindergarten programs, school committees, the local Early Childhood Council, the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program (CFCE), after-school and out-of-school-time programs, family support, and other related organizations in the community.
A joint School Readiness and Curriculum Committee may be established provided that a district can demonstrate the ability of the group to accomplish the required tasks and purposes.
Eligibility: All districts awarded a Quality Full-Day Kindergartengrant in FY2011 are eligible to apply for funding to support all full-day kindergarten classrooms funded in FY2011 that will continue to be in operation in FY2012. If classrooms are closed or revert to part-time, the FY2012 eligibility amount will be reduced accordingly.*(See Funding Section below for more details.)
Funding: Approximately $22 million is available for Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grants.

Each FY2011 grantee may submit an application for FY2012 funding based on the allocation amounts sent to the district from the Department at the end of July

*Please note that grantees with classrooms supported through the grant in FY2011 that will be closed or reverted to part-time in FY2012 will have their FY2012 allocation amount reduced proportionally. Please emailmchen@doe.mass.eduif you are in this situation, and we will send you a revised and reduced total amount for which you are eligible.
Fund Use: Funds may be used for salaries and stipends; substitutes; professional development; partial tuition for college courses for instructional aides; teacher mentors, coaches, or other technical assistance; consultants and specialists (e.g., music, art, inclusion, etc. not already supported by the district or required by children's Individualized Education Programs (IEPs); and activities and supplies related to grant priorities, including accreditation and the approved alternatives to accreditation systems. Adaptive equipment or special education services required by IEPs may not be funded. Grant funds are intended to supplement and not to supplant local, state, and/or federal funding. Stipends for preschool, kindergarten, and first- to third-grade staff are allowed if they are related to the Committees' meetings and activities and for appropriate professional development.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2012
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Min-Hua
Phone Number: 781-338-6352
Date Due: Monday, August 22, 2011 (rolling)*

*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 that the official start date will be upon approval (which may be later than the requested date), and will be confirmed by the project duration dates in the Department's Grants Payment Center.
Required Forms:
  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 file  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. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD document  Part IV - Required Statistical Information
  5. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD document  Attachment A - FY2011-FY2012 Classroom Chart
  6. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD document  Attachment B - FY2011 Expenditures Worksheet
  7. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD document  Attachment C - FY2012 Application for Alternatives to Accreditation (if applicable)
  8. Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD document  Attachment D - FY2011 End-of-Year Alternatives to Accreditation Report (if applicable)

*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  Attachment E - FY2012 Maximum Allocation Amounts
Districts not currently approved to use one of the Alternatives to Accreditationthat want to apply for FY2012 should complete Attachment C: FY2012 Application for Alternatives to Accreditation and submit it with the district's grant application.

Districts already approved to use one of the Alternatives to Accreditationshould complete Attachment D: FY2011 End-of-the-Year Alternatives to Accreditation Report and submit it with the district's continuation grant application.

Districts continuing to pursue NAEYC Accreditation but facing fiscal or programmatic limitations may request a one-year NAEYC self-study postponement for FY2012, if needed (see Part III, Question 2c under Grant Priority: Quality and NAEYC Accreditation). Districts pursuing re-accreditation should carefully consider the implications of postponement and are encouraged to apply for a timeline extension through the NAEYC Academy.

Districts that were granted a one-year postponement from NAEYC Accreditation activities in FY2011 will be expected to document its plan for pursuing NAEYC accreditation in FY2012.
Submission Instructions: Submit three application packages, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director. 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: August 2, 2011
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