Updated May 18, 2014: Thank you to those who submitted comments on the draft executive summary for each of the Development Grants competition and the Expansion Grants competition. We will consider this public input as we develop competition requirements, priorities, and selection criteria for a notice inviting applications, which will be published in the Federal Register later this summer.
Note: Updated on May 14, 2014 with information about the data source the Departments used to develop funding bands.
Posted May 5, 2014
States that have more robust State-funded preschool programs or that have been awarded a Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant will be eligible to apply for Expansion Grants. We intend for high-quality preschool programs to be located in regionally diverse communities or consortia of communities in cities, towns, counties, neighborhood, districts, rural areas, or tribal lands, with a high level of need or distress as determined by the State. High-quality preschool programs funded under either category of the Preschool Development Grants will need to meet the competition’s criteria for high-quality preschool programs. Other preschool programs within the State will not be required to meet these criteria.
This document will be posted for public input until 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, May 16, 2014, at which time the input section will be closed and we will begin considering comments received as we develop final requirements, priorities, selection criteria, and definitions. We will also be holding a webinar to review the executive summaries. Further information will be posted on the Preschool Development Grant Web page. We will publish these requirements, priorities, selection criteria, and definitions in a notice inviting applications in the Federal Register later this summer.
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Again, thank you for your interest in this opportunity to support early learning. We look forward to hearing from you.
Note to reader: Defined terms are used throughout this document and are identified using initial capitalization. Definitions are provided later in the document.
Please download and read the Expansion Grants Executive Summary. Then click “Leave a Comment” at the bottom of the screen and add your comment. Please note that the Application Requirements, Program Requirements, and Definitions are the same for both Executive Summaries. In these and additional areas where the language is the same, you do not need to make your comments in each Executive Summary (Development Grants and Expansion Grants).
Please indicate in your comments the area in which you are addressing:
Purpose: An Expansion Grant is to support a State with a State-Funded Preschool Program OR that has received a Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant to—
- Implement and sustain High-Quality Preschool Programs to reach and serve additional Eligible Children in two or more High-Need Communities; and
- Enhance preschool program infrastructure and make quality improvements to deliver High-Quality Preschool Programs.
- A) Executive Summary
- B) Commitment to State-Funded Preschool Programs
- C) Ensuring Quality in Preschool Programs
- D) Collaborating with Subgrantees
- E) Strong Partnerships between Subgrantees and LEAs or other Early Learning Providers
- F) Alignment within a Birth through Third Grade Continuum
- G) Budget and Sustainability