IOWA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Shared Visions Parent Support: Education Support Programs for Parents of Children At-Risk
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.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 14, 2019 by 4:30 PM
Amy Stegeman, Consultant, Amy.Stegeman@iowa.gov
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 renewal application to fund Shared Visions Parent Support Programs. The purpose is to collect applications that will continue the services as awarded in FY16 while providing a Shared Visions Parent Support Program created in accordance with Iowa Code section 256A and the rules in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.
Any public school district, area education agency, or other non-profit agency which administers quality educational support programs to parents of children with risk factors aged birth through five years and which received a FY16 Shared Visions Parent Support Program grant award and held a FY19 renewal grant may apply. It is required that applicants meet program requirements as outlined in Iowa Code section 256A and 281— Iowa Administrative Code 67. Eligible applicants may provide services to parents of children with risk factors ages birth to five years and must be able to meet primary and secondary enrollment requirements as defined in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67. Priority is given to applicants that serve parents of children with risk factors aged birth to three-years-old.
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 may be provided through home visitation, group-based parent education, unique approaches, or a combination of options. The Department would need to administer a process of renegotiation with an awarded applicant if a change in program design and service delivery would be requested after funding is awarded.
Annual mid-year budget reports and year-end reports will be required.
Provision of Services
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 (primary 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)
- Inform the Department of any needed budget revisions to allow for negotiation
- Complete a mid-year budget report and year-end report in a format determined by the Department.
- Maintain records to include the following: (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 to ensure program requirements are 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 review process.
Requests for Reconsideration and Contract Termination
Information on requests for reconsideration and contract termination may be found in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.