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FY 2020-21 QCC Workforce Pathways Grant RFA FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant Request For Applications (RFA).
June 2020
  1. Will the Request for Application (RFA) due date be extended?

    The RFA due date has recently been extended to June 29, 2020. Please see the Erratum posted on the Quality Counts California (QCC) Workforce Pathways Grant RFA web page.

  2. Can a stipend be paid to participants for renewing their permit?

    For more information about direct financial allowable expenses, see page 14 and 15 of the RFA.

  3. Why can't we pay for participants to attend conferences?

    The goal of this grant is to increase credit bearing professional development, that moves participants up the career lattice.

  4. Who needs to submit the First Right of Refusal?

    The current administrator of stipend program funding (in most cases the Local Childcare Planning Councils [LPCs]) have first right of refusal to submit an application for the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant.

  5. Where can I find the recording and slides from the RFA webinar?

    The RFA webinar materials can be found on the QCC Workforce Pathways Grant RFA web page.

  6. Where can I find additional required forms?

    Additional required forms can be found on the RFA web page.

  7. We are a small county and need help with the 60% and 40% allocations, what should we do?

    Please email the California Department of Education (CDE) at to get suggestions and support to meet the 60% and 40% requirement.

  8. Where can I find information about the indirect costs?

    Information about indirect cost rates for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) is published on the Indirect Cost Rates web page. Please also see the Administrative Indirect Cost Rate section of the RFA at page 20.

  9. Where can I find the Career Lattice Guide?

    Information can be located at the California Career Lattice Educational Requirements [web page no longer available].

  10. How do I access the QCC Reporting Portal?

    The first window of reporting for reimbursement will be October. It will follow the same process as the funding from the Unified RFA. Each lead agency will have access to the Portal for their respective grants. There will be a training for counties and lead agencies in the summer as the Portal is further along.

  11. Is the 60% Direct Financial Workforce Supports and 40% Non-financial Workforce Support and Infrastructure split occurring after indirect costs are charged?

    The answer is no, the indirect is applied to the total amount of the grant and reflected in the 40%. CDE has posted the indirect cost rate for LEAs on the Indirect Cost Rates web page.

  12. Is it possible for the 60% and 40% split to occur after salaries and indirect are taken out?

    No, allowable salaries, benefits and indirect cost charges are included in the 40%.

  13. Where can I find no costs strategies to support workforce advising?

    Please review page 11 of the RFA. There are examples that are meant to help offset cost. It is important that you use what is currently available to support the workforce. Remember professional development should be coordinated with QCC rather than creating new training.

  14. What does the term "School Base" mean?

    The term school-base is inclusive of what is considered birth through five early learning settings on school campuses.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
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