• FY13 QRIS Program Quality Improvement Grants for Early Childhood and Out-Of -School -Time Programs

    United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMBMV) and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) have partnered to support and strengthen the capacity of early education and OST program leaders to identify, prioritize, and implement improvements that move them forward in the state's Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).

  • FY 2013 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Open Competitive Grant Fund Code 511-B

    December 14, 2012:  The FY13 UPK Open Competitive Grant Awards have been posted on the EEC Website and on Comm-PASS.

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Grant Application Request for Response (RFR).  The purpose of this Open Competitive UPK Grant is to:

    • Promote the early learning guidelines to support school readiness and positive outcomes for children participating in UPK classrooms and homes
    • Support and enhance the quality of services for children in UPK classrooms and family child care homes,  especially for high needs children and/or children living in underperforming school districts;
    • Maximize parent choice by ensuring participation from all program types within a mixed public and private service delivery system;
    • Use child evidence based formative assessment systems/tools to ensure that programs are effectively measuring children’s progress across all developmental domains and using this information to inform practice though individualized teaching; and
    • Inform the longer-term implementation of a program of universally accessible, high-quality early childhood education.
  • ARRA SAC FY2013 Community Support Grant (Fund Code 119)

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Community Support Grant Application Request for Response (RFR).

    This is a competitive grant to provide support to local communities to plan for and enhance their integrated and coordinated Birth to Grade Three alignment.

    Through this application process EEC is seeking grantees to engage in creating a plan to engage collaborative community wide activities (detailed in the Required Services section) to bring greater alignment to the Birth to Grade Three population in their communities.  Bidders must demonstrate that they have a current infrastructure that incorporates the priorities outlined
    in the RFR.  

    Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on Friday, November 16, 2012. Please see the Grant Application (RFR) for a timeline of additional dates relevant to responding to this Grant Application (RFR).
    Eligible Applicants

    This is a competitive grant to provide support to local communities in developing an integrated and coordinated birth to age 8 community planning structure.

  • FY13 Head Start State Supplemental Grant Fund Code 390-A

    In July 2012, EEC received an increase of $500,000 for the FY13 Head Start State Supplemental Grant.  These additional funds will be used to provide additional enhancement of services to full day and/or part day services to Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) programs for children and families in the Commonwealth. The purpose of this additional grant in FY13 is to enhance services to Massachusetts children on EEC’s wait list or on those of existing Head Start programs who are eligible for Head Start based on federal guidelines.

  • FY2013 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Service Area Expansion Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Service Area Grant Application Request for Response (RFR).  Through this competitive Grant Application, EEC is seeking to award grants to up to four existing Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grantees, each of which will provide all families in one of the following service areas with access to locally available comprehensive services and supports that strengthen families and promote optimal child development.  Potential grantees must agree to provide services to all communities within the service area. 

  • FY2013 Community Support Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Community Support Grant Application Request for Response (RFR).

    The purpose of the Community Support Grant is to implement two core functions:

    1. Community Strategic Planning:  One-time grants to selected Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grantees serving in Gateway, District Level 4 Schools and Home Visiting Communities to support community birth through age 8 (“B-8”) three year strategic plans, anchored in local data. 

       a. Plans will be based on child and family needs and the quality and effectiveness of B-8 aligned systems linking local schools, local providers and families through grants to communities.

    2. Birth to 8 Assessment, Screening, and Curriculum Support and Alignment:  One-time grants to the following entities:  Gateway, District Level 4 Schools and Home Visiting Communities. The grant application should be submitted in partnership with non-profit communities including public schools, public school districts and/or charter schools serving children pre-kindergarten to third grade, to support assessment, screening, and curriculum support and alignment. 

  • FY2013 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Grant Application Request for Response (RFR).  The purpose of UPK is to support and enhance the quality of services for children in UPK classrooms, especially for low-income children and/or children living in underperforming school districts, as well as promote school readiness and positive outcomes for children participating in UPK classrooms and homes. 

  • FY2013 Inclusive Preschool Learning Environment Grant Re Issued (Fund Code 391-A)

    In an effort to provide an opportunity for eligible grantees that have NOT yet submitted their applications by the initial deadline, June 19, 2012, the FY2013 Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant (IPLE) is being re-issued.  The application due date is being extended from June 19, 2012 to October 16, 2012.  Beyond the deadline, October 16, 2012, we will not be able to honor any applications and will forfeit these funds. 

    The Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant (IPLE), formerly known as Chapter 188/Phase I Direct Services of Community Partnership for Children Grant (CPC). This grant allows lead agencies to serve preschoolers with disabilities in high-quality inclusive settings with their typically developing same-aged peers.  Fund Code 391 was formerly released as part of the Early Childhood Special Education Consolidated Grants Renewal package.  In FY13 Fund Code 391 and Fund Code 262 are being issued in as separate grants applications (RFRs)

  • FY2013 Early Childhood Special Education Allocation (Fund Code 262)

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Early Childhood Special Education Allocation (ECSE) Fund Code (262)

    Pertinent to the 2011-2012 school year (grant period September 1, 2011-August 31, 2012), and continuing forward from this date,  (EEC) will allow districts to extend federal Early Childhood Special Education Allocation grant spending through a two year grant period.  The extension will apply specifically to Early Childhood Special Education entitlement grant (Fund Code 262).   The Authority for this action is received through the federal Tydings Amendment.  Your school district is eligible to exercise this option if you have submitted your FY12 Final Financial Report and has returned the unexpended portion of your district’s FY12 funds to the Department of Early Education and Care. 

     

    Through the Tydings process, it is now possible to carry over these remaining funds to be promptly spent during this current grant year, which ends on August 31, 2013.

    Please email  Jessica Fix, Program Funding Specialist at jessica.fix@massmail.state.ma.us by March 15, 2013 to request for the Tydings workbook. 

     

    Additional information about the Tydings Request Process for FY13:

    If your school district is interested in using the Tydings option to spend the funds listed above, the following process will apply for this current year as follows:    

    1. Upon receipt, complete the Tydings Application Workbook, which includes a Budget and Budget Narrative.  Promptly return to EEC by March 15, 2013 following the instructions outlined in workbook.
    2. EEC will process and approve your request and send a revised standard contract form via email.  School districts should promptly sign and return via mail the signed standards contract for FY13 Tydings using FY12 262 funds.
    3. Upon receipt of the signed standard contract form, EEC will make one automatic payment for the approved amount in full.  It will be important to expend the funds in order to ensure full liquidation by August 31, 2013.
    4. School districts will be expected to complete Final Financial Report for tydings located on the Tydings workbook tab.  The Final Financial Tydings Report should be returned to the Department of Early Education and Care upon liquidation of the tydings funds but no later than September 30, 2013 following the instructions outlined in the Tydings Workbook Application.

    Please note that although the Tydings option is available, the expectation remains that school districts will make every attempt to expend the full amount of their grant award in the initial grant period in which it is received.  EEC does not recommend that districts regularly choose to exercise this new option, as a new award will be available each year.

     

    In addition, in the event that acceptance of these Tydings funds affects a grantee’s use of FY13 Early Childhood Special Education Allocation, districts are expected to use the FY 13 grant amendment process. These amendments must be received by the EEC by no later than April 12, 2013.  Thank you for your expeditious attention to this matter!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact

     

    Jessica Fix, Program Funding Specialist, jessica.fix@MassMail.State.MA.US or

    Evelyn Nellum, Policy Analyst, Special Education.  Evelyn.Nellum@state.ma.us

    The Early Childhood Special Education Allocation (ECSE) Grant provided funds to school districts and charter school districts to build capacity and to ensure that eligible 3, 4, and 5 year-old children with disabilities are appropriately identified as eligible for special education and receive developmentally appropriate special education and related services designed to meet their individual needs in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act - 2004 (IDEA-2004) and Massachusetts Special Education laws and regulations. Fund Code 262 was formerly released as part of the Early Childhood Special Education Consolidated Grants Renewal package. For fiscal year 2013, Fund Code 262 and Fund Code 391 have been issued as separate grants applications (RFRs)

    Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on August 9, 2012. Please see the Grant Application (RFR) for a timeline of additional dates relevant to responding to this Grant Application (RFR).

  • FY2013 Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant (Fund Code 391)

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant (IPLE).  The Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant (IPLE), formerly known as Chapter 188/Phase I Direct Services of Community Partnership for Children Grant (CPC). This grant allows lead agencies to serve preschoolers with disabilities in high-quality inclusive settings with their typically developing same-aged peers.  Fund Code 391 was formerly released as part of the Early Childhood Special Education Consolidated Grants Renewal package. In FY13 Fund Code 391 and Fund Code 262 are being issued as separate grants applications (RFRs).

    Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on June 19, 2012. Please see the Grant Application (RFR) for a timeline of additional dates relevant to responding to this Grant Application (RFR).

  • FY2013 Head Start State Supplemental Grant

    The Massachusetts Head Start State Supplemental Renewal Grant aims to support the development and creation of a system of early quality education and care.  In this system, Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) programs are key partners in supporting and enhancing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) broader commitment to ensure that all children and families have access to the full array of Head Start services.

  • FY2013 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant Application Request for Response (RFR).

    Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on April 30, 2012. Please see the Grant Application (RFR) for a timeline of additional dates relevant to responding to this Grant Application (RFR).

  • FY2013 Educator and Provider Support Renewal Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2013 Educator and Provider Support Renewal Grant Application Request for Response (RFR). EEC's mission is to provide the foundation that supports all children in their development as lifelong learners and contributing members of the community, and to support families in their essential work as parents and caregivers.

  • FY2012 Universal Pre Kindergarten Renewal Grant

    The purpose of UPK is to support and enhance the quality of services for children in UPK classrooms, especially for low-income children and/or children living in underperforming school districts, as well as promote school readiness and positive outcomes for children participating in UPK classrooms and homes.
  • FY2012 Special Education Consolidated Grant Renewal Package

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2012 Early Childhood Special Education Consolidated Grant Renewal Package. The FY12 Early Childhood Special Education Consolidated Grants Renewal package provides public school systems and lead agencies with funding to support 3, 4, and 5 year-old children with disabilities in high-quality programs across settings following the federal and state requirements for inclusive environments.
  • FY12 Head Start State Supplemental Renewal Grant

    The Massachusetts Head Start State Supplemental Renewal Grant aims to support the development and creation of a system of early quality education and care.
  • FY2012 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2012 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Renewal Grant. The intent of the FY12 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Renewal Grant is to continue to support a statewide system that provides all families with access to comprehensive services and supports.
  • FY2012 Educator and Provider Support Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY2012 Educator and Provider Support continuation RFP. EECs mission is to provide the foundation that supports all children in their development as lifelong learners and contributing members of the community, and to support families in their essential work as parents and caregivers.
  • FY 2012 Mental Health Grant

    EEC is pleased to announce the FY 2012 Mental Health Consultation Services Renewal Grant RFP. The FY 12 Mental Health Consultation Services Grant is intended to continue to support a statewide mental health consultation services model that meets the needs of the early education and care field.