Presentation on theme: "Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten (FC 702): A Bidder’s Conference January 6, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten (FC 702): A Bidder’s Conference January 6, 2012
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 2 Purpose of the RFP The purpose of the state-funded Transition to Full-Day Kindergarten grant (FC 702) is to encourage the voluntary expansion of high- quality, full-day kindergarten classrooms across Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 3 Priorities Competitive priority 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. Competitive priority may also be given to: districts that are not currently recipients of the FY2012 Quality Full- Day Kindergarten Grant (FC: 701) and meet the priorities listed above; and districts that can demonstrate the need for full-day kindergarten based on other criteria of need (e.g., an individual school meeting the criteria above, the needs of a particular population, needs based on rural or isolated locations, etc.).
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 4 Funding Approximately $910,000 is available for this competitive grant. Funds will be awarded to eligible districts based on up to $10,000 for each part-time kindergarten session to be transitioned to a full-day kindergarten classroom in September 2012.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 5 Fund Use Salaries or stipends for staff responsible for the transition to full-day kindergarten Stipends and/or substitutes for staff to attend professional development, committee meetings and other transition activities Consultants, professional development, NAEYC accreditation Curriculum development Capital or facilities improvements Materials/supplies for new classrooms
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 6 Due Dates January 17 th : Intent to Apply Include: district name, contact information, and estimated number of part-day kindergarten sessions that will open as full- day classrooms in FY2013 and that will be included in the FY2012 Fund Code: 702 grant proposal Email to:email@example.com January 24 th : Full application with signatures due to the Department by 5:00 p.m. Format: Applications may not be emailed. They must be received in hard copy by this date.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 7 Required Forms Part I – Program Unit Signature Page Part II Workbook – Budget and Budget Narrative Part III – Required Program Information Letter of Assurance from Superintendent Letter of Assurance from School Committee (due in Spring of 2012 for awarded districts)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 8 Additional Requirements Pursuit of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Accreditation for the kindergarten classrooms Creation of a School Readiness and Early Childhood/Early Elementary Curriculum Committee Adherence to ESE’s policies for Quality Full- Day Kindergarten Grants Tuition Policy and Sliding Fee Scale Lottery Systems
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 9 Next Steps Review Process and Timelines Implementation Plan Mid-Year Check in Discussion of Quality Full-Day Kindergarten Grant (FC 701) for FY13
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 10 Questions & Additional Information Min-hua Chen, Grant Coordinator 781-338-6352 firstname.lastname@example.org Donna Traynham, Supervisor 781-338-6372 email@example.com Learning Support Services Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org 781-338-3010 www.doe.mass.edu/kindergarten/