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Additional Grants for the Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students (EPK)
School Year 2018–19
Announcement of Funding Opportunity

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Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Appendix C: EPK3 Grant Calculator Excel
Appendix D: NYS Pre-K Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Action Plan Adobe PDF
Appendix E: Request for Variance from Pre-K Collaboration Requirement Word document
Appendix F: High Need School Districts Excel
Appendix G: Proposal Evaluation Rubric Excel
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 9/20/18
List of Districts Submitting Mandatory Notice of Intent Adobe PDF – Posted 10/9/18

Legislative Authority and Purpose of Grant Funds

Chapter 59 of the Laws of 2018 appropriates $15 million for additional prekindergarten grants to establish new full-day prekindergarten placements, convert existing half-day placements to full-day, or create new half-day placements for three- and/or four-year old students, targeting the highest need schools and children within school districts.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of Additional Grants for Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students is to increase the availability of high quality prekindergarten placements for high need children and schools within New York State.

Project Period

Initial period: July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Grantees will have the opportunity to renew funding on an annual basis for the following school year and thereafter subject to the achievement of performance targets and the annual appropriation of funds in the State budget for this purpose.  The project period for subsequent awards will be one year from July 1st through June 30th. 

Eligible Applicants

All public school districts are eligible to apply.

Due to the highly competitive nature of this grant, a strong preference for funding will be given to high need districts, especially those that currently do not offer a state funded prekindergarten program.

A school district is considered high need if it has a Needs Resource Index of 0.75 or higher, as most recently calculated by the State Education Department, or if it is a high-need school district based on the State Education Department’s most recent calculation of the Need Resource Category.

Appendix F provides a list of the high need school districts.

For purposes of this grant, charter schools and BOCES are not included in the definition of public schools and are not eligible to apply.

Amount of Funding

The New York State Education Department will award up to $15 million to fund grants for the 2018-2019 school year and each school year thereafter subject to the achievement of performance targets and the availability of annual appropriations.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Adobe PDF – Posted 9/20/2018

All questions must be submitted via E-Mail to PREKRFP@nysed.gov by close of business September 17, 2018.  A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted here no later than September 21, 2018.

Mandatory Notice of Intent

List of Districts Submitting Mandatory Notice of Intent Adobe PDF – Posted 10/9/18

To assist the Department in planning for the grant review process and expediting the announcement of awards, school districts that intend to submit a proposal must submit a Notice of Intent via email to PREKRFP@nysed.gov no later than October 5, 2018. The Department will post on its website by October 8, 2018 a list of school districts that submitted the mandatory Notice of Intent to apply for these funds.

Application Due Date

Submit 1 original and 3 copies postmarked by October 29, 2018 to:
New York State Education Department
Attn:  Additional Grants for Expanded Prekindergarten for Three- and Four-Year Old Students (EPK)
Office of Early Learning
89 Washington Avenue
Room 319 EB
Albany, NY 12234

Applications are also required to be submitted to the Department via email to PREKRFP@nysed.gov. The file format can be in PDF or in Word/Excel. The subject line of the email should read as follows: Expanded PreK RFP GC #18-027 and the legal name of applicant school district

Appendices

Appendix A: Standard Clauses for New York State Contracts
Appendix A-1 G: General Assurances
Appendix B: Statement of Assurances
Appendix C: EPK Grant Calculator
Appendix D: NYS Pre-K Self-Assessment & Quality Improvement Action Plan
Appendix E: Collaboration Variance Request
Appendix F: High Need School Districts
Appendix G: Proposal Evaluation Rubric

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF Adobe PDF | Application in Word Word document
Appendix C: EPK3 Grant Calculator Excel
Appendix D: NYS Pre-K Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Action Plan Adobe PDF
Appendix E: Request for Variance from Pre-K Collaboration Requirement Word document
Appendix F: High Need School Districts Excel
Appendix G: Proposal Evaluation Rubric Excel
Questions and Answers Adobe PDF
List of Districts Submitting Mandatory Notice of Intent Adobe PDF – Posted 10/9/18

Last Updated: October 9, 2018