IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Shared Visions Parent Support: Education Support Programs for Parents of Children At-Risk
(Renewal option up to five years contingent upon annual legislative appropriations)
Availability of Funds:
Grant application awards are contingent on the 2020 legislative appropriation. Additional application requirements may be added if legislatively mandated. Applicants will be notified of any changes to the application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 25, 2020 by 4:30 PM
Contact: Amy Stegeman, Consultant
Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
OVERVIEW and GENERAL INFORMATION
In 1988, the Iowa Legislature established Iowa Code 256A creating the Child Development Coordinating Council (CDCC) and funding the Shared Visions Parent Support Programs. The mission of the CDCC is to advocate for Iowa’s children and families and support model comprehensive child development programs for children at-risk and their families. The CDCC advises the Iowa Department of Education (Department) regarding the administration and implementation of state funded at-risk programs for families with children ages birth to five. The Department administers the Shared Visions Parent Support Program which provides quality educational support services for families with children at-risk who are age birth to five years.
The Department is issuing a competitive application to fund Shared Visions Parent Support Programs. The purpose is to solicit applications that will enable the Department to select applicants to participate in providing a Shared Visions Parent Support Program created in accordance with Iowa code section 279.51 and the rules in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.
Applications may be submitted by any public school district, area education agency, or any other non-profit agency in Iowa which administers quality educational support programs to parents of children meeting identified risk factors and who are ages birth through five years. Priority will be given to applicants that serve parents of children meeting identified risk factors and who are ages birth to three years.
Application and Grant Information
Applications are competitive; consequently, all required components of the application must be completed following the stated instructions and submitted in a timely manner in order to be considered for funding. Funding for the Shared Visions Parent Support Program is limited; therefore, the application process is highly competitive, and it is likely that not all applicants will receive funding.
Comprehensive educational support services may be provided through home visitation, group-based parent education, or a combination of the two approaches.
Annual reporting is required and will include a mid-year budget report, a year-end report and a renewal application. Other information needed to determine how well the goals and objectives of the grant are being met may also be requested per 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.13.
Grants will be awarded for one year with a renewal option for up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements. All funding is contingent on annual legislative appropriations. The funding period for Year One - FY21 is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Renewal years include:
- Year Two - FY22: July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022
- Year Three - FY23: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023
- Year Four - FY24: July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024
- Year Five - FY25: July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025
Services to be Delivered and Performance Criteria
Awarded applicants are expected to:
- Follow program requirements as outlined in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.
- Enroll parents of age-eligible children with risk factors whose income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines (Eligibility: 281- Iowa Administrative Code 67.4)
- Enroll parents of age-eligible children with other at-risk factors (Secondary Eligibility: 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.5)
- Provide comprehensive services through home visitation, group-based parent education, or a combination of the two approaches as described in the awarded application
- Immediately inform the Department of any needed budget revisions to allow for negotiation (Contract Revisions: 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.14)
- Provide an annual in-kind match of at least 20% of the total grant award
- Complete a mid-year budget report and year-end report in a format determined by the Department (Grantee Responsibilities: 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.11)
- Complete annual renewal applications for continued funding for up to five years (last year being FY25), contingent on annual legislative appropriations
- Collect and report program, child and family data in a manner to be determined by the Department of Education
- Maintain records to include, but not limited to: (Grantee Responsibilities: 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.11)
- demographic information on parents and children served,
- qualifying criteria for those parents receiving educational support services,
- documentation of the number of contact hours in either individual or group sessions with parents,
- documentation of the type of educational support service provided to parents,
- indication of where the services were provided, i.e., home, school, or community facility,
- evaluation of how each project goal and objective was met, on what timeline, and with what success rate,
- a record of expenditures, and
- other information specified by the department necessary to the overall evaluation.
Procedures Used to Determine Approval
Applications will be reviewed for eligibility. All those submitted by an eligible applicant will be reviewed and scored by trained persons with expertise in early childhood and knowledge of education support programs. The scoring rubric to be used can be found in the Attachments section of this Funding Opportunity or on the Department of Education website on the Shared Visions Parent Support Program webpage. Review forms will be used to record points and comments made by reviewers. Final scores of the applications will be determined based on all completed reviews and then ranked accordingly. In the event grant applications receive an equal number of points that necessitates a further determination of whether an applicant is to receive a grant, an additional review shall be conducted.
All applicants will receive notification of approval/non-approval for funding no later than May 8, 2020.
Awards will be finalized for each successful applicant within the Iowa Grants System. Assurances shall be signed by an official with authority to bind the applicant and shall be submitted to the Department through the online application system, IowaGrants.gov, prior to the award of any funds under this program.
Due to limited funding, grant awards will be targeted to those areas or communities in Iowa where there is a high percentage of child poverty, a high number of unserved eligible families, and evidence of factors creating an increased need for quality education support programs serving parents of children meeting the identified risk factors.
The Department and CDCC are committed to ensuring there is statewide distribution of funds while providing funds to programs serving parents of children identified as most at-risk. The number of grants to be awarded will be determined based on quality of grant application, established need, and available funding. Budget negotiation may be necessary to accommodate the obligation of all funds. All grant awards are contingent upon the 2020 legislative appropriation and legislative sessions each succeeding year through FY 2025.
Submission of Application
The Department must receive the application by 4:30 PM Thursday, March 25, 2020 through the online grant application system, IowaGrants.gov. This is a mandatory requirement and will not be subject to waiver as a minor deficiency.
This is a competitive application. Please adhere to all requirements and instructions within each form of the application within IowaGrants.gov. Any information submitted separately from the application will not be considered in the review process.
The application consists of the following required components:
|Documentation of Need
|Program and Service Plan Information
|Service Description Plan
|Positive Family Focus
|Educational Support Services
|Staff Certification/Development Plan
|Community Support, Interagency Coordination and Letters of Support
||Required, Not Scored
|Cover Sheet - General Information
||Required in Iowa Grants, Not Scored
|Minority Impact Statement
||Required in Iowa Grants, Not Scored
|Total Possible Points:
Requests for Reconsideration and Contract Termination
Information on requests for reconsideration and contract termination may be found in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.
281—67.20(279) Request for Reconsideration. A disappointed applicant who has not been approved
for funding may file a Request for Reconsideration with the director of the department in writing within
10 days of the decision to decline to award a grant. In order to be considered by the director, the Request
for Reconsideration shall be based upon one of the following grounds:
1. The decision process was conducted in violation of statute or rule;
2. The decision violates state or federal law, policy, or rule (to be cited in the Request);
3. The decision process involved a conflict of interest.
Within 20 days of filing a Request for Reconsideration, the requester shall submit all written
documentation, evidence, or argument in support of the request.
Critical Dates for the Application Process
Application open and directions available
January 13, 2020
Recorded webinar available on the Department’s website to review legislation and the application process
February 14, 2020
|Any questions must be submitted via email to Amy Stegeman at email@example.com
March 9, 2020
Application due to the Department via www.IowaGrants.gov.
March 25, 2020
by 4:30 pm
Notification of awards. Grant Awards are contingent upon the 2020 legislative appropriation.
May 8, 2020
Contracts Issued/Awards Finalized
Within 45 days of state appropriation being finalized