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Preschool Grant Opportunity for Public School Districts
Preschool Expansion Grant - Planning Grant Opportunity for Public School Districts
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is announcing a new planning grant opportunity for communities to develop local partnership models for expanding preschool to children ages 2.9 through Kindergarten entry from low-income families.
EEC intends to award ten grants of up to $50,000 per community. Applications must represent a partnership between a public school district (LEA) and at least two EEC-licensed early learning providers. Eligible applicants are cities, towns, regional school districts or educational collaboratives currently providing pre-kindergarten or preschool opportunities. The grant funds must be used to implement a strategic planning process to identify leadership, program design and resources needed to develop a preschool expansion partnership model based on the design of the U. S. Department of Education's Preschool Expansion Grant program. The deadline to apply is December 14, 4:00PM.
The full terms of the Request for Response (RFR) is posted on COMMBUYS under Preschool Expansion Planning Grant - PEPG 001
EEC will now require Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks and fingerprint-based national and state criminal history background checks -- in addition to the current Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) checks. These new requirements will impact EEC’s licensed and funded programs such as family child care, small/large group and school-age child care programs, residential and placement programs, adoptive and foster parents and EEC-funded caregivers. SORI and fingerprint-based checks immediately apply to all new applications filed on or after September 1, 2013. All individuals licensed or employed prior to September 1, 2013 will be required to undergo SORI and fingerprint-based checks before September 1, 2016.
The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) has revised the Procedures for the Drop-Off and Pick-Up of Children by Transportation Providers, and Parent/Program Notification - 6.06 CMR 7.13 which went into effect December 12, 2011. Please be advised that the revised policy will become effective October 1, 2012.