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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant
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 leadership, curriculum, and classroom environment; providing continuity of curriculum across preschool, kindergarten, and grades one through three; providing professional development opportunities; supporting children in all domains of development; and developing other programmatic components of kindergarten listed below.

These quality improvement strategies are intended to support local implementation of the Department's Download PDF document Download MS WORD document   District Standards and Indicators and Department Priorities.

For the purposes of this grant, full-day kindergarten is defined as a minimum of five instructional hours/day, for five days/week, for 180-days/school year.
Priorities: The 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 pre-K-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 are required to:
    1. plan, develop, and/or adapt curriculum based on how kindergarten children learn by:
      1. becoming familiar with the revised 2011 Curriculum Frameworks in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics;
      2. using the Download MS WORD Document  Kindergarten Learning Experiences Science and Technology/Engineering, History and Social Science, Comprehensive Health, and the Arts sections based on the current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks;
    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 use an alternat ive to accreditation if approved in previous years to improve the quality of teaching and learning, and to receive program support;
    5. support and improve inclusion of children with disabilities in the general education classroom, and support the education of English language learners; and
    6. All FY2014 Fund Code 701 grantees are required to participate in the Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) initiative in FY2014. If not already participating in the MKEA initiative, this requires participation in professional development on how to use the assessment tools beginning this spring (2014), and implementation of the tools beginning in fall 2014 (FY2015).
  2. Districts are strongly encouraged to enhance quality by doing one or more of the following:
    1. implement authentic, research-based assessment systems to document children's progress and to plan and evaluate curriculum effectiveness;
    2. employ instructional aides to decrease adult-child ratios;
    3. support teachers, instructional aides, and special education staff to work effectively together to develop and implement integrated curriculum and differentiated instruction;
    4. support and improve family engagement;
    5. provide effective professional development; and
    6. add materials/supplies to support the curriculum, differentiated instruction, etc..
  3. Continue the work of the Early Childhood/Early Elementary (EC/EE) Curriculum Committee to:
    1. develop and implement kindergarten curriculum and ongoing assessment, including the MKEA;
    2. work with the School Readiness Committee to align curriculum and assessment with the revised 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics; the Science and Technology/Engineering, History and Social Science, Comprehensive Health, and the Arts sections of the Download PDF document  Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences, the Download MS WORD Document  Kindergarten Learning Experiences; and
    3. develop ways to strengthen family engagement in the program and curriculum.
  4. 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, Head Start, 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 EC/EE Curriculum Committee may be established provided that a district can demonstrate the ability of the group to accomplish the required tasks and purposes.
Eligibility: Pending final FY2014 state budget line-item appropriation and language details:

All districts awarded a Fund Code 701 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten and/or a Fund Code 702 Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten grant in FY2013 are eligible to apply for this FY2014 Fund Code 701 grant.
Funding: Eligible entities may apply for the amounts listed in Attachment A. These amounts are based on level funding from FY2013 Fund Code 701 grants (the December 2012 amounts), and FY2013 Fund Code 702 grantee eligibility amounts of $11,252 per awarded classroom.
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)]; implementation of the MA Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) plans, 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 must supplement and not supplant local, state, and/or federal funding. Stipends for preschool, kindergarten, and staff from grades one to three are allowed if they are related to the EC/EE and School Readiness Committee meetings and activities and for appropriate professional development.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2014
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contacts: Min-Hua Chen / Mary Jane Crotty
emails: /
Phone Number: (781) 338-6352 / 338-6305
Date Due: Applications are due Thursday, August 15, 2013. If a start date prior to September 1, 2013 is needed, proposals must be received at least 10 business days in advance of the requested starting date.
*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 it will be confirmed by the project duration dates that will be listed in the Department's Grants Payment Center.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
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 document  Part II Workbook - Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
    (Print and mail with the proposal all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions at the bottom of this section.)*
  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
    The Part IV document must be filled out and mailed with the proposal. Additionally, the information must be entered by the district via these three surveys
  5. Download PDF document Download MS EXCEL Document  Attachment A - FY2014 Maximum Eligibility Amounts
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Attachment B- Report of Use of an Alternative to NAEYC Accreditation in FY2013
    This document is for districts approved to use one of the Alternatives to Accreditation.
  7. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Attachment C - Application for postponement of NAEYC Accreditation for FY2014.
    Districts can apply for a one time one-year postponement from NAEYC Accreditation activities; these districts will be expected to document a plan for pursuing NAEYC accreditation in FY2015.

*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:
  1. FY2014 Fund Code 701 FDK Program Information
    This fall, all districts will be required to complete a document providing information on FY2014 full-day kindergarten classes and quality enhancement efforts. This document is not included in this RFP; a Word file sample form, and a survey link for entering and submitting the information, will be sent to all eligible grantees.
Submission Instructions: Submit three (3) application packages, with all required forms, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director on the Part I document.

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: July 9, 2013
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