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Blended Prekindergarten Classroom Grant Cohort 3

Grants to Mississippi School Districts
for Early Childhood Programs

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Special Education

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Grants to Mississippi school districts to develop and implement early childhood education programs that benefit Pre-K children. Funding is intended to improve access to high-quality early learning programs, with an emphasis on offering inclusive programs for students with disabilities. The goal of the grant program is to support blended pre-kindergarten classroom environments. To receive grant funding, the minimum enrollment must be 15 four-year-olds or 10 three-year-olds for each school year.

The program's goals are:

  • More children will enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school.
  • More families will have access to quality early education programs.
  • Prekindergarten programs will receive resources and support to increase quality.
  • High-quality prekindergarten programs will collaborate with other early childhood education programs and related services.
  • Prekindergarten programs will use curricula that are evidence-based and aligned with the MDE’s Early Learning Standards for Classrooms Serving Three- and Four-Year-Old Children.
  • Prekindergarten programs will implement an integrated, effective system of early childhood curriculum, instruction, assessment, and program evaluation.
  • Prekindergarten programs will implement consistent and appropriate learning goals for children and demonstrate progress towards achieving these targets.

Inclusion benefits children with and without disabilities, as they become skilled at:

  • Initiating positive social interactions
  • Having pride in their achievements
  • Using improved language and communication skills
  • Solving problems creatively
  • Developing patience and compassion
  • Understanding and accepting their own and others’ strengths and gifts
  • Helping others

Funds may be used for supplies, materials, curriculum, and training for teacher(s) and/or paraprofessionals. Funds are used for program implementation, as well as for operating expenses such as:

  • Technology, including assistive technology;
  • Assessments for students;
  • Staff development and training; and
  • Classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183284

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant will be awarded in the amount of $50,000 for year one, $10,000 for year two, and $10,000 for year three.

Term of Contract:

A subgrant award is made available for an approved project period up to three (3) years contingent upon the availability of continued funding, and evidence of progress as documented in the annual evaluation report.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any school district in the state of Mississippi is eligible to apply for these grant funds. Districts that have applied for or who are currently receiving Collaborative funds or Blended funds are not precluded from applying for these grant funds.

Districts may apply for grant funding for more than one classroom, if needed, with each classroom individually adhering to the guidelines in the proposal.

For information about staff qualifications, see page 19 of the RFP in Supporting Documents, below.

Grant funds may not be used for staff salaries and benefits.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The MDE will host an informational webinar to review the proposal requirements on February 3, 2020, at 3:00 pm.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5:00 PM on February 19, 2020.

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is February 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Copies of all questions submitted, and responses will be posted to MDE’s website under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on February 7, 2020. No individual replies will be granted.

Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped to Monique Corley, Director, and received by 5:00 PM on the deadline date. At the time of receipt of the proposals, the proposals will be date stamped, and recorded. No faxed or emailed copies will be accepted.

- January 21, 2020: RFP Issued
- February 3, 2020: Informational Webinar
- February 5, 2020: Deadline for submitting questions
- February 7, 2020: Questions will be posted to the MDE website
- February 19, 2020, 5:00 pm CT: Proposals due
- February 24 - 25, 2020: Evaluation of proposals
- April 16, 2020: State Board of Education approval
- April 17, 2020: Notification of awards (contingent on State Board approval)
- July 1, 2020: Authorization to expend, pending approved revisions

Applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with SAM.
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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Hand Deliver Proposals to:
Monique Corley, Director Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Blended Prekindergarten Classroom Grant Cohort 3
Central High School Building, Suite 307
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Ship Proposals to (FedEx, UPS, etc.) :
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Blended Prekindergarten Classroom Grant Cohort 3
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

Email questions to Candice Taylor:
P: (601) 359-3498

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