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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*

RFP DEADLINE EXTENSION ANNOUNCED: The deadline for submission of the FY19 Preschool for All (PFA) Request for Proposals has been extended to January 31, 2018, at 4:00 pm.

Please ensure that all documents are signed by the Authorized Official. Refer to the "Content and Form of Application Submission" checklist for more information. No late proposals, facsimile proposals, or electronic submissions will be accepted. Incomplete proposals will not be considered for funding.

Correction

Within Attachment 2-Prioritization Categories on page 4, the prioritization categories have been updated. The bullets below have been removed from the form:

  1. 75% or more of the enrolled children are 4 years of age and 200% or below the FPL. Children have multiple risk factors or 1 highest priority selection factor.
  2. Remaining children are 3 or 4 years old and are prioritized by the highest risk factors.

The section now reads as follows:

Prioritization Categories-Indicate which of the following apply to the program (Check one)

  1. Serving primarily at-risk children.
  2. Serving primarily children from families who meet income guidelines.
  3. Other

*** 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.

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*

RFP DEADLINE EXTENSION ANNOUNCED: The deadline for submission of the FY19 Preschool for All Expansion Model (PFAE) Request for Proposals has been extended to January 31, 2018, at 4:00 pm.

Please ensure that all documents are signed by the Authorized Official. Refer to the "Content and Form of Application Submission" checklist for more information. No late proposals, facsimile proposals, or electronic submissions will be accepted. Incomplete proposals will not be considered for funding.

Correction

Within Component 5 - Staff Qualifications on pages 20 and 21, the required qualifications for paraprofessionals have been updated.  The bullet below has been removed from the required section and is now listed only in the additional practices that are recommended for a high quality Preschool Expansion program.

  • Paraprofessionals hired to work in the Preschool for All Expansion program have at least 12 hours of coursework in Early Childhood Education, and 10 hours of ECE observation or 200 hours of documented ECE work experience.  

 The section now reads as follows…

Preschool for All Expansion staff must hold appropriate licensure, endorsement, and/or qualifications for the position for which they are hired and meet the following requirements:

  • Teachers of children ages 3 to 5 years must hold a professional educator license endorsed in early childhood education or an educator license with stipulations endorsed in early childhood and one of the following endorsements: provisional educator, alternative provisional educator, resident teacher or visiting international educator.
  • Preschool for All Expansion/Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) blended classroom teacher must hold current, PEL with ECE endorsement AND ECSE approval. Programs should refer to the “Inclusion ModelPDF Document" guidance document to ensure the teacher(s) is appropriately licensed.
  • Paraprofessional staff employed to assist in instruction provided to children ages 3 to 5 years shall meet the requirements set forth in 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25.510(b) (Endorsement for Paraprofessional Educator) or hold an approval for paraprofessional educator received in accordance with Section 25.15(a)(2)(J) (Types of Licenses; Exchange).
  • Directors of child care centers offering preschool programs funded under Section 2-3.71 of the School Code and this Part shall have either:
    • a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in child development or early childhood education or the equivalent (i.e., baccalaureate in any discipline with a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in child development, early childhood education, or early childhood special education, including relevant field experience) and a Gateways to Opportunity Level II or III Illinois Director Credential issued pursuant to Section 10-70 of the Department of Human Services Act [20 ILCS 1305/10-70] (see http://www.ilgateways.com/en/credentials);
    • meet the requirements of subsection (c)(9)(E).
  • Directors of preschool programs funded under Section 2-3.71 of the School Code and this Part and administered by school districts shall hold a professional educator license endorsed for principal or general administrative issued under 23 Ill. Adm. Code 25.337 (Principal (2013)) or 25.335 (General Administrative (Through August 31, 2014)), respectively.

*** 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.

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

​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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