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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

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 2013-2014 (FY2014), so that they will be able to implement full-day kindergarten at the start of the 2014-2015 school year (FY2015).

Grantees are expected to be eligible for funding to support the implementation of these full-day classrooms through an FY2015 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant (Fund Code: 701). The FY2015 701 grant will be contingent upon the grantee meeting all FY2014 Fund Code: 702 grant requirements and submitting an approvable FY2015 701 Grant application during Summer 2014. Also awards will be contingent on FY2015 state appropriation and line-item language.

The purpose of the Fund Code: 701 state-funded Kindergarten Development Grant program 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 FY2014 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant (Fund Code 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.
Eligibility:
  • Districts seeking to transition FY2014 part-time kindergarten classes to full-day kindergarten classrooms that will open at the start of the 2014-2015 school year (FY2015) are eligible to apply for this competitive grant.
  • Districts that are recipients of a FY2014 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: A total of approximately $150,000 is available for this competitive grant. 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.
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 for details on required and optional grant activities.

Funds may not be used for classes that operate as full-day kindergarten classrooms in the FY2014 school year (2013-2014).

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 - 06/30/2014

Programs that successfully complete the FY2014 Fund Code: 702 grant requirements are expected to be eligible to receive a FY2015 Fund Code: 701 implementation grant, contingent upon state funding. See Purpose section above for more details.
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Mary Jane Crotty mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6305
Date Due: By Thursday September 26, 2013, an Intent to Apply is due via email to mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu. (See Required Forms section below for more details.)

By Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the full proposal (all other required forms) is due. 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 FY2015 and that will be included in the FY2014 Fund Code: 702 grant proposal. These Intents to Apply are required to be emailed to mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu by Thursday, September 26, 2013.

The Full Proposal:

The remaining required forms below are due by mail to the Department by Tuesday, October 15, 2013 (see Submission Instructions section below for the address).
  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. Superintendent Letter of Assurance (See Part III, Section G.1 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 (October 15, 2013). This letter must indicate willingness to implement Department policies relating to the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant (Fund Code: 701), including NAEYC Accreditation, participation in the Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) initiative, tuition policy and sliding fee scale, lottery systems, and public school preschool space.
  5. School Committee Letter of Assurance (See Part III, Section G.2 for details.)
    A second Letter of Assurance from the School Committee outlining the elements as listed in Part III Section G.2 will be due in the spring 2014. Funded districts will be notified of the due date for this letter. This letter must indicate programmatic and budget commitment to opening the part-day kindergarten sessions as full-day kindergarten classrooms 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. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Appendix A: Additional Program Information. This document contains information for applicants to know related to the FY2014 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant (Fund Code 701).
  2. See also the Kindergarten Learning Experiences and the FY2014 Tuition Policies for the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grantees posted on the Department's kindergarten grant website.
  3. Completing an end-of-year report on the progress of grant activities will be required. Details will be sent to all grant recipients.
  4. The Department will host optional information sessions (webinars) for potential applicants. Applicants are encouraged but not required to participate. See webinar Registration page for dates and details, and to sign up to be sent instructions for accessing the webinar.
Submission Instructions:
  1. Email the Intent to Apply to mjcrotty@doe.mass.edu by Thursday, September 26, 2013.

    AND

  2. Mail three (3) sets of the Full Proposal including all other required documents, with all three sets having an original signature of the Superintendent, by Tuesday, October 15, 2013. 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 26, 2013
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