SUBJECT: High-Quality Prekindergarten Grant Program Application
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.
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.
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.
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
Dates of Project
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.
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
the drop-down list titled Available
Grant Programs in eGrants.
the drop-down list, select High-Quality
the Grant Menu screen, select High-Quality
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.
Monica Martinez, Associate
Standards and Programs