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Preschool Partnership Grant

Grants to Kentucky School Districts to Develop
Preschool Programs for At-Risk Children

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Kentucky Department of Education (KDE)

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08/06/18 4:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to Kentucky public school districts for the development, enhancement, or implementation of preschool programs for at-risk children. Funding is intended to encourage partnerships and cooperation between child care providers and school districts, and to increase the number of children in full-time preschools in the community.

The incentive grant program represents an opportunity for school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities.

Programs must use funds to support full-day, high-quality early learning services for the benefit of CCAP eligible preschool children. Funds may be used to:

- Provide or supplement salaries to extend program hours or open new classrooms
- Travel and participate in regional, state or national early childhood training or meetings for the purpose of improving early childhood quality
- Purchase supplies related to trainings and/or meetings, such as paper, pens/pencils, etc.
- Conduct marketing and recruitment activities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174556

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award range for the implementation grant is up to $150,000 each year for two years.

Term of Contract:

The two-year grant period is contingent upon availability of state funding and adequate progress in partnership implementation.

The MOA effective date is anticipated to be September 10, 2018 and funds will be eligible for use from the MOA effective date through June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


1. An applicant is defined as one or more Kentucky school districts providing state-funded preschool services. The applicant will serve as the grant’s fiscal agent for the purpose of receiving and directing partnership funds in support of implementing or enhancing full-day, high-quality early childhood services to preschool children eligible for the CCAP program.

2. A co-applicant is defined as one or more child care partners responsible for working collaboratively with the applicant to implement or enhance full-day, high-quality early childhood services. Co-applicants must include licensed Type I provider(s) or Type II child care provider(s) or certified home child care providers. Applicants not identifying co-applicants on the cover sheet will be deemed non-responsive and will not move forward in the application process.

3. Preschool children are defined as three- or four-year-old children with disabilities and four-year-old children eligible for state-funded preschool and CCAP services.

4. Full-day services are defined as a minimum of six hours of operation, four or five days per week. Applicants are encouraged to base comprehensive services and hours of operation on community needs.

5. High-quality program is defined by a level three (3) rating or higher in the Kentucky All STARS system.

6. Head Start may serve as a co-applicant but partnerships must avoid duplication of full utilization agreements and must not supplant federal Head Start funding.

7. Applicants must use funds to implement a full-day, high-quality early childhood program to serve CCAP eligible preschool children.

8. Applicants must report student information using Infinite Campus in a manner that meets the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

9. Applicants must use developmentally appropriate instructional programs with an emphasis on research-based early numeracy and early literacy skill development.

10. Applicants are encouraged to support Striving Readers grant activities where these services are implemented.

11. Applicants must demonstrate collaboration and coordination with co-applicants, as well as collaboration and coordination with existing early childhood programs and services including Head Start.

12. Applicants must achieve at least a rating of three (3) STARS under the Kentucky All STARS system.

13. Funds from this grant cannot be used to replace regular preschool or child care services.

14. Applicants must submit a final report each year identifying student level outcomes, collaboration activities and professional development activities. Payments may be contingent upon receipt of these reports.

15. Applicants must use a portion of funds on high quality professional development to support district and child care staff.

16. Applicants must use a portion of funds to evaluate the effectiveness of the partnership grant.

Funds may not be used for any of the following:
- Capital construction projects
- Rent or lease of building space
- Playground equipment
- Computers, iPads, televisions, etc.
- Food or refreshments
- Fees for grant writers
- Funds to promote school or child care providers
- Gifts, rewards or prizes
- Entertainment or social activities

Pre-proposal Conference:

To assist districts and child care providers in preparing a quality application, KDE will offer one (1) live recorded webinar. The session will address essential grant requirements, budget preparation and state guidance.

Preschool Partnership Grant: June 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM ET

The webinar will be available at this link:

Pre-Application Information:

All questions, including those pertaining to the budget, must be submitted via email to the contacts listed below by 4:00 PM (ET) Friday, July 20, 2018. All questions with responses will be posted on the KDE website by 4:00 PM (ET) on or about Thursday, July 26, 2018. It is the responsibility of the applicant to periodically review the FAQ for further clarification of requirements, both programmatic and technical.

In order to secure an adequate number of grant reviewers, return the intent to apply by 4:00 PM (ET) July 30, 2018. This letter is for planning purposes only and does not obligate you to submit an application.

Applications are due Monday, August 6, 2018 by 4:00 PM ET.

Districts will receive preliminary notice of award on or around September 10, 2018.

At the conclusion of the RFA process, Memorandums of Agreement (MOA) will be developed with all successful applicants. The MOA effective date is anticipated to be September 10, 2018 and funds will be eligible for use from the MOA effective date through June 30, 2020. Activities prior to the effective date of the MOA are not allowable charges.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit questions, Intent to Apply, and Application to:
Jason Kendall, Kentucky Department of Education

Office of Finance and Operations​
Division of Budget and Financial Management
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-2351

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USA: Kentucky