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2 Preschool Development Grants – The Competition
Competition Goal – For States to build or enhance their infrastructure to provide high quality preschool programs and expand high quality preschool programs in High Needs communities. Jointly administered by ED and HHS. $226MM Overall funding split between two categories ($74MM/$152MM) Development Competition Alabama* Arizona* Hawaii* Mississippi Missouri Montana* New Hampshire Nevada* Puerto Rico Expansion Competition (RTT) California Colorado Delaware Georgia Illinois* Kentucky Maryland* Massachusetts* Minnesota New Jersey* New Mexico North Carolina Ohio Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island* Vermont * Washington Expansion Competition (non-RTT) Arkansas* Connecticut* Louisiana* Maine* New York* South Carolina Tennessee* Texas Virginia* Kentucky scored 172 out of 230 (75% of total points possible) *States awarded funding

3 Thank you to our many partners
Participating School Districts Northern Kentucky Region Bellevue Independent Covington Independent Dayton Independent Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Ludlow Independent Newport Independent Silver Grove Independent Southgate Independent Eastern KY Promise Zone Barbourville Independent Harlan Independent Harlan County Knox County Perry County Jefferson County Jefferson County Schools Steering Committee Mike Bartlett, Governor’s Office Carol Brooks, Berea RTC Robin Chandler, KDE Amanda Ellis, KDE Amanda Flanary, GOEC Tommy Floyd, KDE Cindy Heine, GOEC Liza Holland, Prichard Committee Tennant Kirk, Berea College Marybeth Jackson, CHFS John Roden, KY River Foothills Allyson Shelton, KHSA Terry Tolan, GOEC Grant Writing Team Dreama Gentry, Berea College Heather Dufor, Berea College Penny Jordan, Berea College Project Managers Terry Tolan, GOEC Amanda Flanary, GOEC Cindy Heine, GOEC Joe Roberts, GOEC Subgrantee Partners Adrienne Bush, Community Ministries Tish Coldiron, KCEOC Kofi Darku, Metro United Way Paul Dole, KCEOC Rick Hulefeld, Children Inc. Mike Hammonds, Children Inc. Cori Gadansky, Metro United Way Leisha Lyman, United Way NKY Janet Masterson, 4C Louisville Amy Neal, Success by Six Kevin Nix, JCPS Renee Sexton, LKLP Mike Tronzo, JCPS Joe Tolan, Metro United Way Gill Betz, Metro United Way Tony Peyton, Louisville Mayors Office State Agency Teams Bill Buchanan, KDE Annie Rooney French, KDE Linda Hampton, DCC Charlie Harmon, KDE Beth Jurek, CHFS Sally Shepherd, KDE Phillip Smith, DCC Kate Akers, KCEWS Ross Bartlett, KCEWS Staff Support Courtney Daniel, GOEC Stephanie Defrancesco, GOEC Naitore Djigbenou, GOEC Hazel Combs, GOEC Albert Fox, GOEC Blair Haydon, GOEC Jennifer Miller, GOEC Amanda Riley, GOEC Ashlee Whisman, GOEC Order seems very random. I made several changes

4 Kentucky’s Strategy Response to creating high quality preschool
Increasing teacher qualifications Duration of programming (full day) Comprehensive Services Identifying areas of high need High priority zip codes in Jefferson County Northern Kentucky (suburban) Eastern Kentucky Promise Zones Developing Collaborative Models Build on existing infrastructure Inclusion of Pre-K, Head Start and Community Based Child Care Sustainable models through collaborative partnerships

5 The Competition – What we learned
The State plan had many strengths “The applicant provides ample evidence of a strong Statewide commitment to the coordination of preschool programs and services” “The applicant clearly describes their plan to assess the outcome of participating children across the 5 Essential Domains of School Readiness and thoroughly details how this is aligned with their Statewide early learning standards.” “The applicant describes a highly functioning ECAC who, in concert with the GOEC works to steer and coordinate the States early childhood programming efforts.” Other notables was that the state has a common screen in place Standards aligned to Head Start Framework and KY Core Academic Standards

6 The Competition – What we learned
Areas for potential growth Inclusion Of children above 160% of poverty Of children in special needs populations Preschool in TQRIS Concerns that preschool has not been included in the TQRIS Monitoring system does not leverage TQRIS data All other winning ELC States were from round 1 of the competition (except NJ – round 3) Strength of monitoring Frequency of P2R reviews Follow up of monitoring system deficiencies System of monitoring subgrantees on progress toward goals Professional Development Educational attainment of Pre-K staff Grandfathering of lead teachers – No IECE Assistant teachers with no CDA Birth through 3rd grade alignment No comprehensive services system Standards aligned but little else No aligned monitoring Other areas: No good source for 4 year old data put this on the slide Professional development – Grandfathered lead teachers and aides with out CDA put this on the slide All other ELC winners were from round 1 (except New Jersey) put this on the slide Cost per child questioned Quality of Data Kentucky used 3 and 4 year old numbers Need to find source for 4 year old only

7 Next Steps – What can we do?
Lessons learned through ELC award – Keep moving forward with the plan Need better sources for data (4 year olds) Begin to examine systems mentioned in comments (i.e. monitoring and educational attainment) Increase inclusion of children up to 200% of FPL School-based programs included in the TQRIS Increase Statewide recruitment of participating partners One of the biggest issues was the incredibly short time lines and the time requirements of the effort The Budget passed does have language for prek expansion – we must be ready to act Competition should not change all that much Some items are low-hanging fruit. Like finding a data source, outreach to Statewide partners Others need serious consideration: Strengthen monitoring, inclusion in the TQRIS, educational attainment, birth through 3rd alignment Others need more: Inclusion of children up to 200% and comprehensive services for all


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