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 2021 legislative appropriation. Additional application requirements may be added if legislatively mandated. Applicants will be notified of any changes to the application.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 25, 2021 by 4:30 PM
Contact: Marianne Rodrigues, 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 renewal application to fund Shared Visions Parent Support Programs. The purpose is to collect applications that will continue the services as awarded in FY21 while 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.
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 whcih received a FY21 Shared Visions Parent Support Program grant award 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.
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 FY22 are contingent on the 2021 legislative appropriation.
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 FY22 (Year Two) is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Renewal years include:
- 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 to ensure program requirments are maintained as described in the FY21 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.
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.
All grant awards are contingent upon the 2021 legislative appropriation and legislative sessions each succeeding year through FY25.
Submission of Application
The Department must receive the application by 4:30 PM Friday, June 25, 2021 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 Reconsideratin and Contract Termination
Information on requests for reconsideration and contract termination may be found in 281-Iowa Administrative Code 67.