Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) Grant Funding Level Update
Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant Coordinators (Fund Code 701)
Associate Commissioner John L.G. Bynoe, III
August 15, 2012
We hope you have enjoyed the summer months thus far and are looking forward to the start of an engaging and exciting school year.
As you are aware, the FY13 Fund Code 701 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant was drafted and posted in June 2012, before the FY13 state budget passed with final line-item funding. The RFP contained Attachment E - FY2013 Eligible Applicants and Maximum Initial Funding Amounts, and included the amounts for which eligible entities could initially apply.
We are pleased to report that the Governor and the Legislature approved a budget in July 2012 that included approximately $23.9M for the Kindergarten Expansion Grants for FY13, reflecting an increased commitment of $1M from the FY12 funding level. As a result, the Department will move forward with several funding increases for the Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grantees.
The Department's plan for increasing FY13 FC 701 grantee funding amounts is as follows.
- All grantees' currently funded classes will have funding levels increased, from the $5K/$10K per class initial funding levels noted in the RFP, to the FY12 funding levels ($5,626/$11,252 per class).
- Grantees' currently funded classes will be adjusted from the $5,626 level to the $11,252 level in cases where they have at least 0.5 FTE Aides in those classes.
- Grantees that are Level 3-5 districts will have additional funding to enhance the quality in existing but not-previously-grant-funded classes.
In order to finalize and post districts' revised FY13 FC 701 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant eligibility amounts, the Department first needs districts to complete the FY2013 Classroom Confirmation Form. This form will be sent as a survey link to coordinators within approximately one week, and will need to be completed between September 1 and October 15, 2012. By late-October, the Department will alert grantees of confirmed revised funding amounts per entity, and will then ask districts to submit amendments in order to increase grants to the new amounts.
Should you have any questions, please contact your liaison, Min-hua Chen (781-338-6352; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Donna Traynham (781-338-6372; email@example.com).