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FY 2020-21 CSPP QRIS Block Grant RFA

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

As part of the Quality Counts California Local Consortia and Partnerships Grants Request for Applications (RFA), the California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Block Grant awards site QRIS block grants at quality rating Tiers 4 and 5 to help address the additional costs associated with reaching and maintaining high levels of quality. At Tier 3, the CSPP Block Grant can provide training and technical assistance (T&TA) support to help programs improve their quality and tier rating. The CSPP QRIS Block Grant is supported annually by $50 million in state education funds (Prop 98 general funds, which by law are required to be administered by a local education agency) for the support of local early learning QRIS programs that increase the number of low-income children in high-quality state preschool programs that prepare those children for success in school and life.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Applicants must be a part of a local QRIS consortium; Partnerships and Signatures of Consortium Participants are required; consortia must implement a QRIS incorporating the Quality Continuum Framework; consortia must use a shared Tiered Rating Matrix.
Other Eligibility Considerations The funding will be allocated for the CSPP QRIS Block Grants in fiscal year (FY) 2020-21. Applicants awarded a QRIS Block Grant will receive funding subject to quarterly fiscal reporting (California Education Code sections 8426 (a)(1) and 8203.1(g)). A letter of intent is due on March 2, 2020.
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) 3, 4


Legal Authority California Education Code Section 8203.1; State Budget Act 6110-196-0001.
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2020-21
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 6127 / 8590
Total Available $50,000,000
Recipient Amount Variable
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula The allocation accounts for the proportion of children in CSPP served by each consortia and a $5,000 operational base for addressing small county needs.

Important Dates

Date Application Available January 31, 2020
Due Date March 2, 2020
Expected Notification Date Unavailable

Additional Information

Application 2020-21 CSPP QRIS Block Grant RFA []
Background QRIS Block Grants []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsFunding Results 2020-21 CSPP QRIS Block Grant []
Other Unavailable


Program Kim Taniguchi, 916-323-1301,
Fiscal Carly Nodohara, 916-323-5483,
Division Early Learning & Care Division, 916-322-6233 (phone), 916-323-6853 (fax)
Last Modified: July 8, 2020
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