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Management Bulletin 19-08

Fiscal Year 2019–20, Request for Applications California State Preschool Program Expansion Funds MB 19-08

Early Learning and Care Division

Subject: Fiscal Year 2019–20, Request for Applications California State Preschool Program Expansion Funds

Number: 19-08

Date: November 2019

Expires: December 2019

Authority: The Fiscal Year 2019–20 California Budget Act (Assembly Bill 74, Chapter 23, Statutes of 2019), Item Number 6100-194-0001 provides funding for California State Preschool Program Expansion specifically for non-Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). In addition, the California Department of Education has identified unallocated funds to provide additional funding for full- and part-day California State Preschool Program services for LEAs.

Attention: California institutions of higher education, Local Educational Agencies and non-Local Educational Agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies of early learning and care programs interested in applying for California State Preschool Program funding


Important Dates

Event Date
Application and Instructions Announced
November 5, 2019
Application Due Date
December 10, 2019
Program Start Date (non-LEAs)
April 1, 2020
Program Start Date (LEAs providing full-day/full-year or part-day/part-year)
April 1, 2020

Purpose

The California Department of Education (CDE), Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD) announces the availability of approximately $225 million to expand California State Preschool Program (CSPP) services statewide.

Of the $225 million in funds, approximately $125 million in funds are available for non-local educational agency (LEA) applicants to provide full-day/full-year services on or after April 1, 2020. Funding will be allocated by county and, within each county by Local Planning Council (LPC) priority area. Awards will be made in order of highest passing score first.

An additional $100 million is also available to LEAs providing full-day/full-year or part-day/part-year services on or after April 1, 2020. Funding will be allocated by County and, within each County by LPC priority area. Awards will be made in the following order:

  • LEA applicants providing full-day/full-year services, highest passing score first.

  • LEA applicants providing part-day/part-year services, highest passing score first.

The CSPP funds will be used to provide services for eligible three- and four-year-old California children. The definitions of eligibility are as follows:

  • CSPP eligible four-year-old children are defined as children who have their fourth birthday on or before December 1 of the fiscal year they are being served.
  • CSPP eligible three-year-old children are defined as children who have their third birthday on or before December 1 of the fiscal year they are being served. Children who have their third birthday on or after December 2 of the fiscal year, may be enrolled in a California state preschool program on or after their third birthday.
The Request for Applications (RFA) funding opportunity is available to non-LEAs, LEAs and other agencies that currently hold contracts with CDE as well as other agencies that do not currently have a CDE contract. The allocation priorities referenced above shall be provided to underserved areas as identified by the Local Child Care and Development Planning Council (LPC) web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/documents/lpcpriorities201920.xlsx.

Statutory and Regulatory Background

Each applicant will be required, as a condition of the contract with the CDE, to adhere to the Funding Terms and Conditions (FT&C), the CSPP program requirements, the CDE Audit Guide, and any other requirements incorporated into the contract, in addition to all other applicable laws and regulations. The California Education Code (EC) Title 1, Division 1, Part 6, Chapter 2, sections 8235–8237 authorizes the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer CSPPs. California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5 CCR), Chapter 19, sections 18001–18003 provide general provisions for awarding funding. Pursuant to 5 CCR Section 18272, the ELCD requires each agency to maintain a developmental profile that identifies the emotional, social, physical, linguistic, and cognitive growth of each child served; and to use the profile to plan and conduct age and developmentally appropriate activities. Program contractors must maintain appropriate staffing ratios in accordance with 5 CCR, Section 18290. Pertinent information can be found at the CDE Laws, Regulations, and Requirements web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/lr/.

The EC Section 8208(ak) defines “Local Educational Agency” as a school district, a county office of education, a community college district, or a school district on behalf of one or more schools within the school district. Direct funded charter schools will be considered LEAs for the purposes of this RFA.

These funds are intended to increase the availability of CSPP services to eligible children. The CSPP services should be provided based on the needs of families in the community being served.

Application Submission Requirements

The CSPP Expansion RFA and other attachments can be found at the CSPP Expansion RFA web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r2/cspp19rfa.asp.

Agencies considering submitting a CSPP Expansion RFA must complete and send all required documentation, received on or before December 10, 2019, to the following address:

California Department of Education
Early Learning and Care Division
Attention: Funding Application Unit
1430 N Street, Suite 3410
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Applicants must mail or personally deliver paper applications. The ELCD will not accept electronic versions, files on computer discs, or facsimile applications. Application packages must be received at the address listed above on or before 5 p.m., December 10, 2019.

It is solely the applicant’s responsibility to carefully review the RFA information and requirements before submitting an application for funding. Failure to follow the submission requirements may disqualify the application.

If you have any questions regarding the information in this management bulletin, please submit your questions by email to CSPPRFA@cde.ca.gov.

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This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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