High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program Application

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February 26, 2016

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED
SUBJECT: High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program Application

 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications under the 2016-2017 High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program. Please note that there will be no opportunity for negotiations and no opportunity for the applicant to add information after the application has been submitted. Applications must be complete and contain sufficient detail for eligibility to be determined.

Eligible Applicants

School districts and open enrollment charter schools are considered eligible applicants.

Purpose of Program

Authorized by House Bill 4, 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant program provides supplemental funding to districts and charter schools to improve the quality of prekindergarten programs by implementing new or enhancing existing prekindergarten programs in addition to the half-day Foundation School Program (FSP) funding that is already received for each eligible four-year old prekindergarten student.

The High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant program focuses on certain enhanced quality standards related to curriculum, teacher qualifications, academic performance, and family engagement. Funding related to the program may only be used to improve the quality of the school district’s prekindergarten program.

Project Funding

Eligible school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are entitled to receive grant funding for each qualifying student in average daily attendance in a High-Quality Prekindergarten program in the district or charter school. The amount of funding per qualifying student will be determined based on the total amount of appropriated funding, the number of eligible grant applicants, and the number of qualifying students served by each eligible grant applicant. Funding under this program for each qualifying student in attendance for the entire instructional period on a school day cannot exceed $1,500.

After the application close date, preliminary funding amounts for all applicants will be calculated and posted to the TEA website. After the review of applications is completed, TEA will announce initial grantee funding amounts to each approved applicant and will ask each approved applicant to confirm in writing, the intent to accept the grant award. Final funding amounts will be included in the official notice of grant award.

Dates of Project

The High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program will be implemented in the 2016-2017 school year. Applicants should plan for a starting date of no earlier than August 22, 2016, and an ending date of no later than August 31, 2017.

Fingerprinting Requirement

Per Section 22.0834 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), any person offered employment by any entity that contracts with TEA or receives grant funds administered by TEA (i.e., a grantee or subgrantee) is subject to the fingerprinting requirement. TEA is prohibited from awarding grant funds to any entity, including nonprofit organizations, that fails to comply with this requirement. For details, refer to the General and Fiscal Guidelines, Fingerprinting Requirement.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants must apply through the eGrants system. To apply, applicants must have appropriate Texas Education Agency Secure Environment (TEASE) access. Applicants who do not have TEASE access for eGrants should request TEASE access online. If you need further assistance, please visit the TEA Help Desk.

Accessing the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant and Grant Application

Applicants may locate the High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program through TEASE via eGrants as follows:

  1. Open the drop-down list titled Available Grant Programs in eGrants. 
  2. From the drop-down list, select High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant. 
  3. On the Grant Menu screen, select High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant.  

    Deadline to Apply

    Eligible applicants must apply through the eGrants system by 5:00 p.m. Central Time, April 8, 2016.

    Information and Assistance

    For program information, please contact the Curriculum Division at (512) 463-9581.

    For funding information, please contact the Division of Grants Administration at (512) 463-8525, or visit the TEA Grant Opportunities page.

    Sincerely,

    Monica Martinez, Associate Commissioner
    Standards and Programs