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Kindergarten: Facts about Grants from the State

posted Mar 12, 2014, 9:49 AM by Dianne Georgantas

Frequently Asked Questions

About Kindergarten Grant Money from the State

What grant money is available from the state for Kindergarten?

·         Massachusetts offers 2 different grants to school districts for Kindergarten.

o   FC701 – Quality Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   FC702 – Transition to Full Day Kindergarten Grant

What are the criteria for each grant?

·         FC701- Quality Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   All districts awarded a Fund Code 701 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten and/or a Fund Code 702 Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten grant in FY2013 are eligible to apply for this FY2014 Fund Code 701 grant.

·         FC702- Transition to Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   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.

o   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.

How much money is available through these grants?

·         FC701 – Quality Full Day Kindergarten Grant

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·         FC702 – Transition to Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   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.

How many districts apply for these grants?

·         FC702 – Transition to Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   8 proposals were received. 5 districts were awarded money and 3 districts were not recommended to receive fund.

 

Who received these grants for FY2014?

·         FC701 – Quality Full Day Kindergarten Grant

·         FC702 – Transition to Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   Billerica Public Schools           $90,000

o   Hopkinton Public Schools        $20,000

o   Mansfield Public Schools        $10,000

o   Scituate Public Schools           $10,000

o   Stoneham Public Schools        $20,529

When do school districts apply for these grants?

·         FC701 – Quality Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   FY14 FC 701 Quality Full-Day Kindergarten non-competitive grant applications were due August 15, 2013. See the Funding Opportunity documents for full details.

·         FC702 – Transition to Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   FY14 FC 702 Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten competitive grant applications were due October 15, 2013, and Intents to Apply were due September 26, 2013. Interested applicants were encouraged to participate in one of the optional informational webinars (held on September 30 and October 4, 2013).

Is there any other criteria that is necessary for obtaining either of these grants?

·         FC701 – Quality Full Day Kindergarten Grant

o   NAEYC Accreditation

§  The Quality Full-Day Kindergarten grant program, which follows the Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten grant program, requires districts to seek accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This is an early childhood organization whose accreditation system is recognized by research to raise the level of program quality and improve child outcomes. a ratio of 1:11 in a class of 22 children; and a ratio of 1 staff person per 12 children for the maximum acceptable class size of 24.

·         For more information on accreditation, visit NAEYC Accreditation.

 

 

All information provided may be found at http://www.doe.mass.edu/kindergarten/

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