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FY 19 RFP Information

FY19 Request for Proposal opportunities for Preschool for All (PFA) and Preschool for All-Expansion (PFAE) funds have been released.  Proposals are due in the ISBE offices no later than 4 p.m. January 12, 2018.. Please select from the following drop-down items for more information.

The statewide re-compete to receive funding for Prevention Initiative Birth to Age 3 funds will be taking place Fall 2017, with funding beginning in fiscal year 2019. Please select from the following drop-down items for more information.

 Prevention Initiative Birth to Age 3 (PI) *POSTED 11/29/17*

*** UPDATE 12/7/17 ***

The Prevention Initiative program serves children birth to age 3, also giving priority to children and their families who are at risk of academic failure. The Prevention Initiative programs are mostly home-based; however, these services can be based in a child care center.

If interested in applying for these funds, the first step is to submit a Notice of Intent.

FY19 Prevention Initiative RFP responses must be mailed or delivered to the ISBE offices in hardcopy/original and USB flash drive formats as indicated in the RFP, no later than 4 p.m. February 9, 2018. *NOTE* This RFP is not available for electronic submission in the IWAS System.

Links to data, webinars, and other resources to assist communities, providers, and others in preparing for the FY 2019 re-compete can be found on this page. For questions, please contact the Division of Early Childhood Education at (217) 524-4835.

 Preschool for All (PFA) *POSTED 11/1/17*

*** UPDATE 12/7/17 ***

NOTE: The State of Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requires applicants to complete pre-qualification requirements before applying for an FY 2019 grant. This includes completion of the Grantee Registration and Pre-qualification process through the Illinois GATA Web Portal​.  Grant applications must be submitted by the application deadline indicated in this NOFO/RFP.

Grant applicants are required to complete an FY 2019 Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment in the form of an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) through the GATA Web Portal and a FY 2019 Programmatic Risk Assessment through the ISBE Web Application Security (IWAS) system when they become available.  Grant awards will not be executed until the FY 2019 ICQ and Programmatic Risk Assessment are completed.

Preschool for All is a preschool program that provides services in a half-day or full-day setting to children 3 to 5 years who are considered to be at risk of academic failure.

If interested in applying for these funds, the first step is to submit a Notice of Intent.

FY19 Preschool for All RFP responses must be mailed or delivered to the ISBE offices in hardcopy/original and USB flash drive formats as indicated in the RFP, no later than 4 p.m. January 12, 2018. *NOTE* This RFP is not available for electronic submission in the IWAS System.

Links to data, webinars, and other resources to assist communities, providers, and others in preparing for the FY 2019 re-compete can be found on this page. For questions, please contact the Division of Early Childhood Education at (217) 524-4835.

 Preschool for All Expansion Model (PFAE) *POSTED 11/1/17*

*** UPDATE 12/7/17 ***

NOTE: The State of Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requires applicants to complete pre-qualification requirements before applying for an FY 2019 grant. This includes completion of the Grantee Registration and Pre-qualification process through the Illinois GATA Web Portal​.  Grant applications must be submitted by the application deadline indicated in this NOFO/RFP.

Grant applicants are required to complete an FY 2019 Fiscal and Administrative Risk Assessment in the form of an Internal Controls Questionnaire (ICQ) through the GATA Web Portal and a FY 2019 Programmatic Risk Assessment through the ISBE Web Application Security (IWAS) system when they become available.  Grant awards will not be executed until the FY 2019 ICQ and Programmatic Risk Assessment are completed.​

Preschool for All –Expansion is a preschool program that provides services in a full-day setting with comprehensive services to children 3 to 5 years who are considered to be at risk of academic failure.

If interested in applying for these funds, the first step is to submit a Notice of Intent​

FY19 Preschool for All Expansion Model RFP responses must be mailed or delivered to the ISBE offices in hardcopy/original and USB flash drive formats as indicated in the RFP, no later than 4 p.m. January 12, 2018. *NOTE* This RFP is not available for electronic submission in the IWAS System.

Links to data, webinars, and other resources to assist communities, providers, and others in preparing for the FY 2019 re-compete can be found on this page. For questions, please contact the Division of Early Childhood Education at (217) 524-4835. ​

 FY19 RFP Resources

  • FY19 Early Childhood Request for Proposals Indirect Cost Rate and Funding Restrictions Frequently Asked Questions
  •  Learn more about the Illinois State Board of Education's (ISBE) Preschool for All and Preschool For All-Expansion Request for Proposals (RFPs) at two upcoming workshops, both held from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.:
    • December 11 in Decatur *ATTENTION-NEW DATE/Registration Required*
    • December 12 in Palos Hills *ATTENTION-NEW LOCATION*
      • LOCATION CHANGE – Palos Hills, Moraine Valley Community College
      • Register Here
    • December 15 Webinar

    The RFPs are due January 12, 2018. There will also be some basic information about the upcoming Prevention Initiative (PI) RFP.

    The workshops, hosted by the B-3 Continuity Project, will cover:

    • Key priorities of the ISBE RFPs
    • Preparing program budget
    • Understanding how to use community data (provided by the Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map)
    • Birth-to-3rd grade pipeline: community planning, community systems and comprehensive services
    • Topical discussion groups
    • Question and answer session

    These workshops would be particularly beneficial for communities that have a need but may lack existing program capacity.

    Space is limited and RSVP is requested.

    Questions may be directed to Jessica Duggan.

  • The Community Demographics and Ranking Document consists of two separate rankings-county and school district.  In order to establish a measure of risk, or vulnerability, IECAM chose metrics, or measures, that have been demonstrated by researchers to intensify the influence on vulnerable populations of people. This ranking only pertains to the measured metrics. IECAM encourages the use of all of the tools available on the Resources for ECBG FY19 Planning page in order to get the most accurate early childhood and demographic data.​

  • The Infant and Toddler Demographics and Ranking Document consists of a county ranking related to services for infants and toddlers. In order to establish a measure of risk, or vulnerability, IECAM chose metrics, or measures, that have been demonstrated by researchers to intensify the influence on vulnerable populations of people. This ranking only pertains to the measured metrics. There may be some similarity between the preschool-aged county ranking (Community Demographics and Ranking) and this infant/toddler ranking. The only difference between the metrics used in both ranking documents is that we used Percent of Children with IEPs in the preschool-aged county ranking and Percent of Children Served in Early Intervention in the infant/toddler ranking. The reason for that change is that IEPs (Individual Education Plan) are used for children with special needs who are age 3-21; infants and toddlers with special needs are served by a different document (Individual Family Service Plan; IFSP) in Early Intervention.

  • Call for Evaluators - Early Childhood Request for Proposals: Prevention Initiative (PI) Birth to Age 3, Preschool for All (PFA) Ages 3-5, Preschool for All Expansion Model (PFAE) State
    To Apply: Please complete this survey. In submitting this application you are volunteering time and expertise to complete the evaluation of approximately 10 to 20 proposals.​Questions may be forwarded to the Early Childhood Division at earlychi@isbe.net​.​

​FY 18 RFP Information

Links to data, webinars, and other resources to assist communities, providers and others in preparing for the FY 18 Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) RFPs. This is an opportunity for early childhood education providers and stakeholders to evaluate the needs of the children and families in their communities, as well as to inventory the types of programs currently available for those children and families. Information provided here may also be used to plan how resources may most effectively be used across their communities, coordinating enrollment, and aligning birth to 3rd grade continuum of quality services.​

 RFP Resources

 Prevention Initiative Birth to Age 3 (PI)

 Preschool for All (PFA)

 Preschool for All Expansion Model (PFAE)

Eligible Applicants: The following entities outside the City of Chicago may apply - Regional Offices of Education, public school districts, university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, charter schools, area vocational centers, and public or private not-for-profit or for-profit entities with experience in providing education, health, social, and/or child development services to young children and their families are eligible to submit a proposal. (A separate appropriation has been award to City of Chicago District #299.)
NOTE: Eligible Applicants must submit an intent to apply to access the RFP system in IWAS. The intent to apply deadline is September 8, 2017.

  • FY18 Request for Proposals (RFP): Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 YearsPDF Document (EXAMPLE ONLY)
    Proposal/Application Due Date: September 18, 2017 at 4 PM.   The application must be completed in eGMS.

  • FY18 Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal - Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years ​
    NOTICE: Submission of the Intent to Apply is required in order to access the FY18 Preschool for All Expansion Grant electronic Request for Proposal (RFP). Any Notice of Intent submission with regard to Early Childhood funding (Spring 2017) is now void and will not be used in the FY18 RFP process for this one-year funding opportunity.​ Questions regarding the Intent to Submit survey can be emailed to earlychi@isbe.net​.

  • A revised plan for the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) funding for FY 2018 is being put in place to allow predictability and stability for currently funded grantees while also allowing for program expansion opportunities. Due to delays in the release of the Requests for Proposals, the full re-competition of the ECBG is being delayed until FY 2019, pending final Board approval. Currently funded Preschool for All (PFA), Preschool for All Expansion (PFAE), and Prevention Initiative (PI) grantees will receive continuation funding for FY 2018 and will complete continuation applications. For FY 2018, there will be two RFPs, one for PFAE and one for PI, released in May 2017 that will be open to new applicants and continuing programs. Awards for these two RFPs will be based on additional funding being appropriated to the ECBG.

    For the full re-competition for FY 2019, there will be three RFPs: 1) Preschool for All, 2) Preschool for All Expansion, and 3) Prevention Initiative. The anticipated release date for these RFPs is fall/winter 2017. Information will continue to be posted on the Early Childhood RFP webpage.

  • Call for Evaluators - Early Childhood Request for Proposals: Prevention Initiative (PI) Birth to Age 3, Preschool for All (PFA) Ages 3-5, Preschool for All Expansion Model (PFAE) State
    To Apply: Please complete this survey. In submitting this application you are volunteering time and expertise to complete the evaluation of approximately 10 to 20 proposals.​​ Questions may be forwarded to the Early Childhood Division at earlychi@isbe.net​​.​

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