Updated March 24, 2014. Thank you to those who submitted comments on our March 10, 2014 Homeroom Blog regarding the $250 million for the new Preschool Development Grants competition, appropriated in the FY14 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Public Law 113-76).This input will be considered as we develop competition requirements, priorities, and selection criteria consistent with the language in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (Public Law 113-76). In a few weeks, we will post an Executive Summary and provide an opportunity for additional Public input.
When: Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: U.S. Department of Education
10th Floor Auditorium
550 12th Street SW
You may also view the live streamed session at Thursday, March 20, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at http://edstream.ed.gov/webcast/Play/06af25dead644f46b2e786e7683e87051d
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning Libby Doggett (ED) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development Linda K. Smith (HHS) will attend to listen to your ideas on the new competition. Please consider the questions listed below for the Homeroom Blog in preparing your remarks.
If you are interested in speaking during the meeting, you must register by sending an e-mail to: PreschoolDevelopmentGrant@ed.gov on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.
E-mails received outside of this time period will only be accepted as space allows. Requests for speaking will be honored on a first come, first serve basis. A confirmation will be sent two days prior to the meeting. For attendees not speaking, reservations are not required. Persons who are unable to attend the meeting in person or who do not register early enough to speak during the meeting are encouraged to submit written input on this blog.
For security purposes, all speakers and attendees are reminded to bring a photo ID and a business card. Please allow ample time to go through security.
Your email must include the term “Preschool Development Grants Public Meeting” in the subject line of your e‐mail and indicate the following in the body of your cover email:
- Name(s) and title(s) of attendees from your organization (only one speaker per organization)
- Cell phone and e-mail for each attendee
The format for the Public Meeting will be as follows:
- Speakers will be given 3 minutes to address the group. Time will be strictly enforced.
- Speakers are encouraged to limit their comments to the Preschool Development Grants competition and may choose to address one or more of the questions listed below in the Homeroom Blog section.
- In addition, all individuals and organizations are strongly encouraged to submit input in writing (electronic form preferred) by Friday, March 21, 2014, at 5:00 pm ETD.
- Depending on the number of persons who wish to speak, we may not be able to accommodate everyone.
This is an important opportunity to provide input to the Departments. We hope you can join us.
Please submit opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments pertaining to the new competition below. We are particularly interested in your input on these questions:
- How should the competition address the direction in the Conference Report to the FY14 Consolidated Appropriations Act for awards to be made to two types of grantees: low-capacity States with small or no State-funded preschool programs and high-capacity States that have a larger State-funded preschool program?
- How should subgrantees that are early learning providers demonstrate strong partnerships with local education agencies and how should local education agencies demonstrate strong partnerships with early learning providers?
- How should States distribute funds within the State in order to scale-up of proven preschool models in local communities?
- What factors should we consider, if any, in distinguishing State applicants based on their past commitment to early learning and/or participation in federal or state grant programs, e.g., success or lack of success in previous related grant competitions, current federal support for early learning, or past State investment in early learning)?
- How can we use these grants to support a more streamlined system of high-quality programs and services for children across the birth through age five continuum?
- What can we do to encourage the sustainability of services after the grant ends (e.g. encouraging or requiring nonfederal matching funds, maintenance of effort provisions, or supplement not supplant policies)?
- What kind of absolute, competitive or invitational priorities should we consider in designing the competition?
This document will be posted for public input until 5:00 PM ET on March 21, 2014, at which time the input section will be closed and we will begin considering comments received as we develop requirements, priorities, selection criteria, and definitions. Once the initial input from the field is collected and reviewed, we will draft an executive summary and post for comments that will, in turn, inform the final NIA. In order to run a rigorous competition and obligate funds to grantees before December 31, 2014, ED plans to waive rulemaking on this new program, pursuant to its authority in the General Education Provisions Act.
This is a moderated site.
That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. We intend to post all responsive submissions on a timely basis. We reserve the right not to post comments that are unrelated to this request, are inconsistent with ED’s Web site policies, are advertisements or endorsements, or are otherwise inappropriate. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information such as Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. For more information, please be sure to read the “comments policy” tab at the top of the Web page.
The fine print
Please understand that posts must be related to the new competition and program, and should be as specific as possible and, as appropriate, supported by data and relevant research. Posts must be limited to 1,000 words. All opinions, ideas, suggestions and comments are considered informal input. ED and HHS will not respond to individual posts, and these posts may or may not be reflected in the policies and requirements of the program. If you include a link to additional information in your post, we urge you to ensure that the linked-to information is accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. Additionally, please do not include links to advertisements or endorsements; we will delete all such links before your comment is posted.
Again, thank you for your interest in this historic opportunity to support high-quality preschool. We look forward to hearing from you.