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Fy2014 universal pre kindergarten grant open competitive grant fund code 611

FY2014 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Grant Open Competitive Grant (Fund Code 611):


Today s agenda

Today’s Agenda

  • Welcome

  • Overview of the FY2014 UPK Grant Application:

    • Questions and Answers

    • Purpose

    • Grant Priorities and Requirements

    • Eligibility/Funding

    • Grant Posting/Grant Timeline/Submission Deadline

    • Grant Application Components

  • Nuts and Bolts of the Application Submission Process:

    • Section A: Online Application

    • Section B : Application Forms and Documents

      • Budgetary Guidance & Allowable Use of Funds

      • Programmatic Guidance /Narrative Questions

      • Grant Specific Documents

  • Re-cap of Submission Process


Questions and answers faq

Questions and Answers (FAQ)

  • To ensure consistency in responses, please email questions by December 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM to [email protected]

    • Subject line: FY2014 UPK – Fund Code 611

  • The FAQ document will be posted on or around December 16, 2013.

    • The FAQ document then becomes an official part of the Grant Application.


Fy2014 upk grant application sections

FY2014 UPK Grant: Application Sections

  • Procurement Information

  • Purpose

  • Priorities

  • Eligibility

  • Funding

  • Required Services

  • Fund Use

  • Reporting

  • Project Duration

  • Required Forms

  • Additional Information

  • Timeline


Fy2014 upk grant purpose

FY2014 UPK Grant: Purpose


Fy2014 upk grant priorities

FY2014 UPK Grant: Priorities


Fy2014 upk grant eligibility criteria

FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Criteria


Fy2014 upk grant eligibility requirements

FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements

  • Only preschool programs and/or family child care homes that are not currently participating in UPK are eligible to apply for this grant.

    • Center-based Scenario: Lead Agency has two programs: Program A (located in Boston) and Program B (located in Quincy). Program A has 2 UPK classrooms and 2 non-UPK classrooms. Program B has 4 non-UPK classrooms. Program A would not be eligible to apply; Program B would be eligible to apply.

    • FCC Scenario: FCC System has 12 FCC providers that receive UPK funding. FCC System has 5 additional FCC providers that do not receive UPK funding. The FCC System may apply for the 5 additional FCC providers.

  • In order to be eligible for the UPK open competitive grant, designated classrooms and/or family child care homes must meet all of the criteria outlined in the previous slide.

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Fy2014 upk grant eligibility requirements cont

FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 1: “All programs must be EEC Licensed or License-Exempt.”

  • Criterion 2:“All programs must also have an income-eligible contract, and/or voucher agreement in place and be willing to accept EEC-subsidized or low-income children.”

  • Criterion 3: “All programs must provide access to full-day, full-year services for working families.”

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FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 4: “All programs must provide a developmentally appropriate program.”

    • Developmentally appropriate program is evidenced by the use of the following:

      • Early Childhood Program Standards for Three and Four Year Olds and the Massachusetts Frameworks for Math and Literacy;

      • Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences; and

      • One of the three EEC-approved formative assessment tools:

        • Work Sampling System,

        • High Scope Child Observation Record, or

        • Teaching Strategies GOLD.

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Fy2014 upk grant eligibility requirements cont2

FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 5: “All programs must have current accreditation or a non-expired Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or higher for family child care educators (AA, BA, or Master’s degree).”

  • Criterion 6: “All UPK classrooms and/or family child care programs must be serving preschool-aged children (age 2 years 9 months to kindergarten eligible in the community in which they live).” 

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FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 7: “All programs must be self-assessed at level 3 or above in the EEC’s QRIS Program Manager (QPM).”

    • Clarification: all Bidders’ online applications must have the status of “Self-Assessed – Final Submitted” at level 3 in the QPM.

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Fy2014 upk grant eligibility requirements cont4

FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 8: “All programs must demonstrate that they serve ‘high needs children.’”

    “High needs children” is defined as children who have two or more risk factors linked to poor school and life outcomes:

    • Children and parents with special needs;

    • Children whose home language is not English;

    • Families and children involved with multiple state agencies;

    • English language learners;

    • Recent immigrants;

    • Children with parents who are deployed and are not living on a military base;

    • Low-income households;

    • Parents with less than a high school education;

    • Children who are homeless or move more than once a year.

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Fy2014 upk grant eligibility requirements cont5

FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 9: “All programs must collect and enter formative assessment data for each child in the classroom.”

  • Criterion 10: “All programs must provide a competitive compensation package for lead teachers.”

    • Clarification: Programs demonstrate that they provide competitive compensation packages for lead teachers by scoring a 5 or higher on either the Program Administration Scale (PAS) for center-based programs or the Business Administration Scale (BAS) for family child care programs.

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FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 11: “Program match is required of all programs.”

    • Clarification: Please note that “program match” is a flexible definition: it can be considered cash or in-kind matching by the UPK grantees that creates a buy-in and shared responsibility for the UPK objectives towards program quality (i.e., relationships with local community colleges, office or classroom space, utilities and other facilities costs, meeting space, etc.).

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FY2014 UPK Grant: Eligibility Requirements (cont…)

  • Criterion 12: “All programs must demonstrate pre-kindergarten to third grade alignment with the school district in which they are located.”

    • The components of pre-kindergarten to third grade alignment:

      • Instructional Tools and Practices;

      • Data and Assessment;

      • Instructional Environment (School and Classroom);

      • Engaged Families;

      • Administrators and Leadership Quality;

      • Transitions and Pathways;

      • Teacher Quality and Capacity; and

      • Mechanisms for Cross-Sector Alignment.

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Fy2014 upk grant required services

FY2014 UPK Grant: Required Services

  • Grantees must use the UPK Grant funds to support the UPK goals listed in the Priorities Section of this Grant Application.

  • Grantees must agree to allow EEC to conduct an environmental rating assessment of the program by use of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) for center-based or public school programs or the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS) for family child care programs.

  • Grantees must agree to provide staff information (i.e., staff compensation and education levels) to EEC through participation in EEC’s Professional Qualifications Registry (PQR).

  • Grantees will be required to incorporate the approved tagline for the Brain Building in Progress communications initiative on appropriate marketing and communications materials and resources that are funded in whole or part through this grant.  These materials and resources may include, but are not limited to, the following: marketing products (e.g., flyers, brochures, pamphlets); professional development products printed by the grantee/contractor (e.g., books/booklets, guides, course readers); websites; and other products as determined by EEC.  


Fy2014 upk grant funding

FY2014 UPK Grant: Funding

Approximately $692,000available for this open competitive grant.

Funding will continue to be limited up to a maximum of five 5 “high needs children” per classroom.

The funding formula allocates $3,009 per “high needs child” in the classroom.


Fy2014 upk grant reporting

FY2014 UPK Grant: Reporting

  • Reporting High Needs Children:

    • The UPK programs will be required to complete the High Needs Children Summary Form in the Online Application as part of their grant proposals due on January 7, 2014.

    • When completing the High Needs Children Summary Form, programs will use a site-specific, unique identification number for the identified high needs children in the classroom rather than using the students’ names when reporting the high needs children to EEC.


Fy2014 upk grant reporting cont

FY2014 UPK Grant: Reporting (cont…)

  • Continuous Reporting for High Needs Children:

    • The UPK programs will be required to complete the High Needs Children Summary Form in the Online Application in accordance with the schedule detailed below. EEC recognizes that programs might not have the same high needs children at different points of the year. If this is the case, programs must notify EEC via email and provide the newly identified high needs child with a different unique identification number when completing the High Needs Children Summary Form for the deadline:

      • Spring Reporting Deadline: June 30, 2014 (for data collected between January 1 and June 30, 2014).


Fy2014 upk grant reporting cont1

FY2014 UPK Grant: Reporting (cont…)

  • Formative Assessment Data Reporting:

    • EEC will monitor the formative assessment data collected by programs and submitted in accordance with the schedule detailed below via a review of aggregate classroom reports to ensure that programs are regularly assessing children and entering the data. EEC will not examine individual child data or use this information to assess the strengths or weaknesses of individual programs. Assessment data reporting deadline for the remainder of FY2014 is as follows:

      • Spring Reporting Deadline: June 30, 2014 (for data collected between January 1 and June 30, 2014).


Posting of grant related information

Posting of Grant Related Information

  • Grant Posting Available:

    • On Comm-PASS at www.comm-pass.com

    • On EEC’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eec under Funding Opportunities- -Open Competitive Grants

  • Grantees are responsible for checking EEC’s website and Comm-PASS for any updates to the Grant Application Information.


Grant application timeline

Grant Application Timeline


Grant application timeline continued

Grant Application Timeline (Continued)


Grant submission deadlines

Grant Submission Deadlines

The EEC Central Office must have by

January 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Mail submission:

  • One (1) original hard copy

  • Three (3) hard copies

    Electronic submission:

  • ALL grant application documents (except Administrative documents and Section A documents)


Grant application

Grant Application:

Section A: Online Application

To complete and submit the online portion of the grant application, please click the following link:http://www.eec.state.ma.us/GrantUPKCom/default.aspx

The online portion of the grant application includes the following information that must be submitted online, printed and submitted as part of the application by mail with 1 original and 3 copies.

  • UPK Eligibility Requirement Questions

  • Agency Information

  • Program Information

  • Enrollment Information

  • Assessment Information

  • High Needs Children Summary Form

  • Languages Spoken

  • Communities Served


Grant application continued

Grant Application (Continued)

Section B. All of the following documents below must be submitted:

  • by mail with one (1) original (all signatures must be in blue ink) and three (3) copies,

  • electronically

    • FY2014 UPK Open Competitive Checklist

    • FY2014 UPK Open Competitive Signed Cover Page

    • FY2014 UPK Open Competitive Budget Workbook

    • FY2014 UPK Open Competitive Narrative Questions

    • FY2014 UPK Open Competitive Projected Deliverables Form

    • Copy of Indirect Cost Approval Letter (if you are claiming Indirect Cost)

      Required Electronic Submissions:

      Submit documents via email as an attachment to [email protected] Pleaseinclude name of grant and name of your agency on the subject line of the email.


Grant appendices for reference only

Grant Appendices (For reference only)

  • Appendix A: UPK Open Competitive Budget Workbook Instructions

  • Appendix B: UPK Open Competitive Online Application Instructions

  • Appendix C: Grant Payment Terms, Grant Expenditures, Termination, Recoupment of Funds, and Relevant Law   

  • Appendix D: List of Towns and Cities in each EEC Region

  • Appendix E:PreK-3rd Grade: A Comprehensive Approach PowerPoint Presentation


Funding and distribution of grants

Funding and Distribution of Grants

  • EEC estimates that approximately $692,000 will be available for funding this open competitive grant.

  • Funding is subject to State and Federal budget allotment and appropriation. Should additional funds become available, EEC reserves the right to make additional awards based on the responses received, the needs of the Commonwealth, identified professional development needs, if applicable, and/or best value to the Commonwealth.

  • EEC reserves the right to reallocate funding to existing grantees in the event one or more grant is terminated or ended prior to the grant term. EEC also reserves the right, in the event additional funding becomes available, to add additional required services and/or extend the existing services.


Funding continued

Funding (continued)

  • UPK grants are awarded to specific family child care educators and classrooms within child care centers and are not transferable to other sites or facilities.

  • Grant recipients are prohibited from transferring funds to a different center or program if, for example, the funded site closes, changes affiliation, or is no longer eligible for funds.

    • If a center or educator moves to a new location and the UPK classroom remains intact, EEC may allow funding to be transferred to the new location. No grant funds shall be transferred without the express written approval of EEC.


Fy2014 upk grant contacts

FY2014 UPK Grant: Contacts

  • John (Jay) Swanson, EEC Policy Analyst

    • Phone: 617-988-7803

    • Email: [email protected]

  • Michele Smith, EEC Program Funding Specialist

    • Phone: 617-988-7835

    • Email: [email protected]

  • Elizabeth Bryant, EEC Program Funding Specialist

    • Phone: 617-988-6617

    • Email: [email protected]


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