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  Funding Opportunity Details
 -267365-FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Application
  Early Childhood At-Risk
  Application Deadline: 03/25/2020 4:30 PM
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 07/01/2020
Project End Date: 06/30/2021
Award Announcement Date: 05/08/2020
Eligible Applicant: public school districts, area education agencies, other non-profit agencies
Program Officer: Amy Stegeman
Phone: 515-725-2273 x
Categorical Area: Early Childhood Services & Supports


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




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


Eligible Applicants

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.

Program Period

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,, 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,  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  Any information submitted separately from the application will not be considered in the review process.


Application Components

The application consists of the following required components:                                                                               

Program Summary 12 points
Documentation of Need 72 points
Program and Service Plan Information 4 points
Service Description Plan 68 points
Accessibility (8 points)
Positive Family Focus (16 points)
Educational Support Services (16 points)
Eligibility Identification (28 points)
Staff Certification/Development Plan 8 points
Community Support, Interagency Coordination and Letters of Support                      16 points
Program Evaluation 16 points
Program Budget 12 points
Assurances 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: 208 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 Process

Critical Dates

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 

March 9, 2020

Application due to the Department via

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




 Click on the File Name to open attachment
Description File Name File Size
Iowa Code - Chapter 279.51 provides funding for the Shared Visions Parent Support Program. 279.51.pdf 40 KB
281-Iowa Administrative Code 67 governs the Shared Visions Parent Support Program. 281.67.pdf 117 KB
Scoring Rubric for FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Application - This rubric outlines the amount of points available and how applications will be scored. FY21 Parent Support Scoring Rubric.FINAL.pdf 349 KB
FY21 Budget Guidance - This document should be used to guide development of a grant budget. Shared Visions Parent Support Budget Guidance.pdf 87 KB
2019-2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines - These are to be used to assist programs while enrolling families who meet primary eligibility of the Shared Visions Parent Support Program. *Note that these guidelines will be updated in early 2020. Shared Visions Parent Support Income Eligibility Guidelines 2019.pdf 302 KB
2020-2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines - These are to be used to assist programs while enrolling families who meet primary eligibility of the Shared Visions Parent Support Program. Shared Visions Parent Support Income Eligibility Guidelines 2020.pdf 134 KB
 Website Links
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URL Description Family support in Iowa includes an array of community-based services designed to enable and empower families by building on individual and family capabilities that support and strengthen partnering parenting capabilities and overall family functioning. To learn more about community-based services visit the Early Childhood Iowa website. The Iowa Family Support Network (IFSN) is a website which includes information and referral for Early ACCESS, IDEA Part C services, along with Family Support Services and Group Based Parenting Programs. The IFSN website contains a statewide Resource Directory, Statewide Events, National Resources, and Projects and Research related to early childhood including early intervention. The Iowa Family Support Technical Assistance Network website offers information related to the Iowa Family Support Credential. This link will take you to the Shared Visions Parent Program page of the Iowa Department of Education's website.
  – The Official Website of the State of Iowa. Dulles Technology Partners Inc.