Program Requirements

A State that receives a grant must meet the following requirements:

  1. The State will continue to participate in the programs authorized by Section 619, Part B, and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1419, seq.1431 et seq.), in the Child Care and development Fund (CCDF) program (pursuant to the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9858 et seq.) and Section 418 of the Social security Act (42 U.S.C. 618) and) program, and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (Section 511 of Title V of the Social Security Act, as added by Section 2951 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148) for the duration of this grant.
  2. The State may not spend funds from this grant on the direct delivery of health services.
  3. The State must participate in grantee technical assistance activities facilitated by ED or HHS, individually or in collaboration with other State grantees, to share effective program practices and solutions and collaboratively solve problems, and must set aside at least 1 percent from its grant funds for this purpose.
  4. The State must participate in any evaluation of the State's proposed reforms, including participating with a consortium of States in a cross-State evaluation, if funded by ED or HHS.
  5. The State must have a longitudinal data system that includes the 12 elements described in Section 6401(e)(2)(D) of the America COMPETES Act by the date required under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) grant and in accordance with its approved SFSF plan for Indicator b(1).
  6. The State must comply with the requirements of all applicable Federal, State, and local privacy laws, including the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and their applicable regulations.
  7. The State and its Participating State Agencies must ensure that the grant project is implemented in accordance with all applicable Federal, State, and local laws.
  8. The State must provide researchers with access, consistent with the requirements of all applicable State, local and Federal privacy laws, to data from the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System so they can analyze the States' quality improvement efforts and answer key policy and practice questions.
  9. Unless otherwise protected by Federal or State law or a specific written agreement as proprietary information, the State must make any work (e.g., materials, tools, processes, systems) developed under its grant freely available to the public, including by posting the work on a website identified or sponsored by the Department. Any websites developed under this grant must meet government or industry-recognized standards for accessibility.
  10. Funds made available under this grant must be used to supplement, not supplant, any Federal, State, or local funds that, in the absence of the funds awarded under this grant, would be available for increasing access to and improving the quality of Early Learning and Development Programs.


On behalf of the Office of the Governor of the State of Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Human Services: We recommend that the Administration ensure a valid and reliable scoring and review process for the competition that ensures confidence in the final funding decisions. The Administration must ensure consistency by reviewers across all applications, and be willing to modify peer reviewer decisions if necessary to ensure appropriate and correct application of the scoring criteria. The Administration must ensure reviewers have exposure to a sufficient number of applications to make adequate comparisons and scoring decisions.