Purpose of Grant

Through this renewal grant application, EEC may award grants to existing Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program grantees who will 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, inform the longer-term implementation of a program of universally accessible, high-quality early childhood education.


Eligibility Requirements

This is a renewal grant.  Only the agencies and programs that received UPK funding in FY 2014 are eligible to apply for the renewal grant funds.  The FY 2015 grants are not intended to expand current grantees’ UPK programs.  Programs must continue to fund the UPK classrooms and family child care homes selected for funding by EEC in FY2014.

In order to be eligible for the UPK renewal grant, designated classrooms and/or family child care homes must meet all of the criteria outlined in the Grant Application.


Grant Application Release/Posting:                                 April 9, 2014 

Renewal Conference:          

EEC-Central Office

51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02210

Directions: http://mapq.st/120vlUE                        

April 16, 20142:00-4:00 PM

Renewal Conference:          

EEC-Southeast Regional Office

1 Washington Street, Suite 20

Taunton, MA 02780

Directions: http://mapq.st/1pBvu9E                

April 17, 20149:30-11:30 AM

Renewal Conference:          

EEC-Central Regional Office

10 Austin Street, Worcester, MA 01609

Directions: http://mapq.st/10Rw5Ks                    

April 17, 2014 1:30-3:30 PM

Submission of Intent to Renew:  

Email Intent to Renew to


April 22, 20144:00 PM

Submission of Written Inquiries:        

Applicants must submit written inquiries to


April 22, 20144:00 PM

Response to Written Inquiries:    


April 29, 2014 (estimated) 

Submission Deadline:

Applicants must submit proposals to


May 14, 20144:00 PM
Bidders are Notified of Awards:                                   June 27, 2014 (estimated) 
Grant Start Date:                                    July 1, 2014 (estimated) 


Application Information

FY 2015 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Renewal Grant Questions and Answers doc format of FY2015_UPK_Questions_Answers_5_7_14.doc

FY 2015 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Renewal Grant Conference pptx format of FY2015_UPK_Renewal_Conference_4_18_14.pptx

To apply for this grant click here:

FY 2015 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Renewal Grant doc format of FY2015_UPK_Grant_Application.doc


Application Submission Information

EEC will accept, review, and process renewal applications beginning May 5, 2014.  In accordance with the submission requirements detailed below, all required documents, including the online application, attachments, and fiscal forms must be received at 
EEC’s Central Office by
4:00 PM on May 14, 2014.


Online Application

The Online Application includes the Eligibility Requirement Questionnaire, the Site Survey in addition to the Online Application.

To complete and submit the online portion of the grant application, please click the following link: 


In order to see different sections of the Online Application, you need to register first with a brand new password.  You can create a PDF document of the Online Application (excluding the Site Survey) without completing the application.   This will allow you to see each section before completing it.  You can print and save each section to your computer to share this information with others if needed. 

The online portion of the Grant Application includes the following information that must be submitted online and printed as a PDF document. Note: A PDF document is created once an Applicant has clicked the Submit button of the Online Application.

1)    Site Survey  

2)   Contact Information(Part 1)

3)    Communities Served (Part 2)

4)    Languages Spoken (Part 3)

5)    Lead Agency Budget (Part 4)

6)    Subcontractor Budget (Part 5)

7)    FY2015 Budget Summary (Part 6)

8)    Narrative Questions (Part 7) 

9)    Projected Deliverables (Part 8)

10)  Required Grant Forms (Part 9)

11)  Checklist (Part 10)

12)  Cover Page (Part 11)


MA Standard Administrative Forms

Grantees must also complete and mail one original packet of the following forms with their Grant Application response (unless applicant already has these documents on file with the Commonwealth of MA)


EEC may disqualify any incomplete grant applications from consideration/review.


All of the following documents below must be submitted:

  • by mail with one (1) original (all signatures must be in blue ink) and two (2) copies:
  1. The entire PDF document generated by the Site Survey/Online Application
    1. With original signature on the Cover Page (Part 11)
  2. Copy of Indirect Cost Approval Letter (if you are claiming Indirect Cost)
  3. MA Standard Administrative Forms (if applicable)
  • Electronically
  1. Copy of Indirect Cost Approval Letter (if you are claiming Indirect Cost)



Department of Early Education and Care

FY2015 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Grant

Agency Name, Program Name

Attention: Michele Smith, Grants Administration

51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor

Boston, MA 02210


Required Electronic Notification of Submissions:

  • Please send an email to EECSubmission@massmail.state.ma.us to notify us of your submission.  Please include name of grant and name of your agency on the subject line of the email.  Example:  FY 2015 UPK Renewal Grant, XYZ Organization


Additional Information

The following Appendices are for reference only; they do NOT need to be filled out by the Respondent or included in any response submitted.