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 FY25 RFP information

 FY24 RFP Information


ISBE has released the RFP for the FY 2024 Early Childhood Block Grant and is prioritizing applicants proposing to serve the identified preschool deserts to fill critical gaps in underserved areas across the state. View the list of preschool deserts below:

The application is open to public or private not-for-profit or for-profit entities with experience in providing educational, health, social, and/or child development services to young children and their families. DCFS family childcare homes are eligible to apply in joint applications with an administrative agent from a Local Education Agency (LEA) or another eligible applicant and can learn more here: Family Child Care Model​PDF Document

​The Birth to Five Illinois Regional Team is also available throughout the application window to assist with accessing and understanding data; connecting applicants to grant-writing support where possible; and assisting community-based providers, such as family child care homes, with identifying opportunities for collaboration and partners to apply for funding.

Providers that need assistance meeting the program requirements for licensed staff can learn more about the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate study. Eligible applicants are individuals currently working or who have worked in the early childhood field, including in home-based or center-based child care; who have obtained membership with the Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry; and who are enrolled or accepted to enroll in an eligible program at a participating institution in pursuit of an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in early childhood or an additional license or endorsement in the field.

ISBE also offers temporary licenses called short-term approvals for qualified individuals to start teaching immediately while working toward permanent licensure.

*NOTE that programs seeking funding through ISBE must serve children and families outside the city of Chicago. ISBE does not fund entities in the city of Chicago. A separate appropriation has been awarded to the City of Chicago School District 299 for the initiatives funded under the ECBG Preschool for All program. Applicants proposing to provide services for children and families within the Chicago city limits must apply for funds through the Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education.

*NOTE that the State of Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) requires applicants to complete prequalification requirements before applying for any grant. This includes completion of the Grantee Registration and prequalification process through the Illinois GATA Web Portal​. Grant applications must be submitted by the application deadline indicated in this NOFO/RFP. Applicants are advised to complete the prequalification requirements well in advance of the NOFO/RFP deadline.


  1. READ through the respective RFP document below.
  2. VIEW the respective RFP example below.
  3. REACH OUT to the Birth to Five Illinois Regional Team for assistance or ask questions by contacting the ISBE Early Childhood Department at 217-524-4835 or
  4. FILL OUT the respective RFP attachment below.
  5. SUBMIT your application via the ISBE Attachment Manager (choose “Early Childhood RFP” in the dropdown list for ISBE eMail Name) or via   email to

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 FY23 RFP Information

FY23 Preschool Discretionary Request for Proposal opportunities for the STAR NET, Early Choices, and Child Find Awareness Project grants are available. Please see below for more information.

***NOTE: There was a change made to the FY23 Child Find RFP Document on 03/09/22***

Fiscal Year (FY) 23 Request for Proposals (RFP) - 2022-2023

 FY22 RFP Information

FY22 Request for Proposal opportunity for Prevention Initiative Training & Technical Assistance (PI T&TA) funds is available. Proposals are due in the ISBE offices no later than 4 p.m. July 12, 2021. Please see below for more information.

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