IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Shared Visions Preschool: Child Development Programs for Preschool Children At-Risk and Their Families
Availability of Funds:
Grant Application awards are contingent on the 2019 legislative appropriation. Additional application requirements may be added if legislatively mandated. Applicants will be notified of any changes to the application.
RENEWAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 14, 2019 by 4:30 PM
Amy Stegeman, Consultant, email@example.com
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 Preschool 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 children ages birth to five. The Department administers the Shared Visions Preschool Program which provides comprehensive quality preschool program experiences for children at-risk who are ages three to five years.
The Department is issuing a renewal application to fund Shared Visions Preschool Programs. The purpose is to collect applications that will continue the services as awarded in FY16 while providing a Shared Visions Preschool Program created in accordance with Iowa Code section 256A and the rules in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64.
Any public school, non-profit licensed child care center, Head Start agency, community action agency, or other public, non-profit agency which received a FY16 Shared Visions Preschool Program Grant award and maintained the award through the FY19 renewal year may apply. It is required that applicants meet program requirements as outlined in Iowa Code section 256A and 281— Iowa Administrative Code 64. Eligible applicants may provide services to children ages three to five years and must be able to meet primary and secondary enrollment requirements as defined in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 64.
Application and Grant Information
All required components of the application must be completed following the stated instructions and submitted in a timely manner. Funding and final award amounts for FY20 are contingent on the 2019 legislative appropriation.
Grants will be awarded for one year with a renewal option for up to five years provided grantees meet program requirements. The funding period for FY20 is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020; this being year five of the five-year renewal cycle. There will not be another opportunity to renew this grant award; this is the final year for a renewal option.
Services must be center-based and applications are site specific. The Department would need to administer a process of renegotiation with an awarded applicant if a location change would be requested after funding is awarded.
An annual year-end report and mid-year budget report will be required.
Provision of Services
Awarded applicants are expected to:
- Follow program requirements as outlined in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64.
- Enroll no fewer than 80% of age-eligible children who are from families at or below 130% of the federal poverty guideline (primary eligibility: 281-Iowa Administrative Code 64.7)
- Enroll no more than 20% of age-eligible children based on other at-risk factors (secondary eligibility: 281-Iowa Administrative Code 64.8)
- Achieve and maintain accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Maintain a classroom ratio of 1 adult for every 8 children
- Maintain an agreement with Teaching Strategies, Inc. under the GOLD State Service Umbrella Agreement and complete three state-determined checkpoints with all enrolled children (CDCC Policy, 2013 - see attachments section)
- Provide requested information to allow the Department to create unique student ID numbers
- Provide an annual in-kind match of at least 20%
- Maintain records to include information on children and families served and a record of expenditures
- Inform the Department of any budget revisions to allow for negotiation of a revision
Procedures Used to Determine Approval
Applications will be reviewed to ensure program requirements and services will be maintained as described in the FY16 awarded application. Any necessary changes to program design or the service plan must be submitted within the renewal application for review and consideration for approval.
All applicants will receive notification of funding status no later than 45 days following the due date for the renewal application. All award amounts will be confirmed within 45 days of the annual state appropriation being finalized. Budget negotiation may be necessary to accommodate the obligation of all funds. All grant awards are contingent upon the annual legislative appropriation.
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.
Submission of Application
The Department must receive the application by 4:30 PM Friday, June 14, 2019 through the online grant application system, IowaGrants.gov. This is a mandatory requirement and will not be subject to waiver as a minor deficiency. 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 renewal process.
Requests for Reconsideration and Contract Termination
Information on requests for reconsideration and contract termination may be found in 281--Iowa Administrative Code 64.