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Early Learning Collaborative Council Pre-Kindergarten Application Cohort V

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Early Childhood

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07/01/22 2:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants to Mississippi collaboratives comprised of public school districts, local Head Start affiliates, childcare centers, private and parochial schools, and agencies to develop, establish, facilitate, and expand high-quality early childhood education and development services.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is tasked with specific duties in regard to the Mississippi pre-K legislation. According to legislation, the MDE shall:

  1. Administer the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the voluntary pre-K program.
  2. Establish a rigorous and transparent application process for the awarding of funds.
  3. Establish monitoring policies and procedures that, at a minimum, will include at least one site visit per year.
  4. Provide technical assistance to Early Learning Collaboratives and their providers to improve the quality of pre-K programs.

The voluntary pre-K program is intended to improve quality and increase access to high-quality pre-K programs for four-year-old children. The MDE expects the pre-K program to accomplish and demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • More children will enter Kindergarten ready to succeed in school.
  • More families will have access to high-quality early education programs.
  • Families will have access to information about pre-K program quality.
  • Pre-K programs will receive resources and support to increase quality.
  • High-quality pre-K programs will increase their collaboration with other early childhood education programs and related services.
  • Pre-K programs will use curricula that are research-based and aligned with the MDE’s Early Learning Standards for Classrooms Serving Infants Through Four-Year-Old Children.
  • Pre-K programs will implement an integrated, effective system of early childhood curriculum, instruction, assessment, and program evaluation.
  • Pre-K programs will implement consistent and appropriate learning targets for children and demonstrate progress towards achieving these targets.

Funds are used for program implementation, as well as for operating expenses such as:

  • Personnel and personnel benefits;
  • Staff development and training;
  • Consultants, subcontractors and evaluators; and
  • Classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Specific categories of allowable expenses include hiring additional and/or more qualified teaching staff, purchasing appropriate educational materials, purchasing equipment or technology used for educational purposes, providing professional development, administering age-appropriate child assessment, and transporting students using no more than 10% of total budget.
  • Specific categories of non-allowable expenses include costs associated with writing the application, costs for entertainment, land acquisition, capital improvements/permanent renovations not required to maintain licensing requirements, tuition for staff to pursue required teaching degrees, stationary playground equipment, supervisory salary and fringe benefits, cost of substitute teachers, cost to attend out of state conferences (lodging, transportation, meals), and indirect cost.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184138

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding will be provided to Early Learning Collaboratives on the basis of $2,500 per student enrolled in a full-day program and $1,250 per student enrolled in a half day program proposed in the collaborative’s application.

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. The first term of the grant will be August 2022 to June 2023. Pre-Kindergarten children will be served in classrooms no later than grant year two, August 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grantees must demonstrate that they meet the components of the Early Learning Collaborative and are eligible to apply prior to having their application reviewed. Those components are as follows:

An early learning collaborative is comprised, at a minimum:
- A public-school district (This entity must have at least one classroom.)
- And a local Head Start affiliate, if in existence. (This entity must have at least one classroom.)

Other partners could include:
- One or more licensed childcare centers,
- Private or parochial schools,
- Agencies or other organizations that work with young children and their families to provide resources and coordination even if those agencies or organizations are not pre-Kindergarten providers.

Early learning collaborative councils eligible to be selected must:
- Use state-adopted early learning standards;
- Use evidence-based curriculum;
- Use age-appropriate assessments;
- Plan to serve students with disabilities as indicated under IDEA; and
- Meet all program criteria established by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) in the Mississippi Early Learning Guidelines for Classrooms Serving Three- and Four-Year-Old Children.

Early Learning Collaborative: An "early learning collaborative" is a district or countywide council that writes and submits an application to participate in the voluntary pre-Kindergarten program.

An early learning collaborative is comprised, at a minimum:
- A public-school district (This entity must have at least one classroom.)
- And a local Head Start affiliate, if in existence. (This entity must have at least one classroom.)

Other partners could include:
- One or more licensed childcare centers,
- Private or parochial schools,
- Agencies or other organizations that work with young children and their families to provide resources and coordination even if those agencies or organizations are not pre-Kindergarten providers.

Pre-Kindergarten Provider: A "pre-Kindergarten provider" is a public, private or parochial school, licensed childcare center or Head Start center that serves pre-Kindergarten children and participates in the voluntary pre-Kindergarten program.

Kindergarten children and participates in the voluntary pre-Kindergarten program.

Lead Partner: A "lead partner" is a public-school district or other nonprofit entity with the instructional expertise and operational capacity to manage the early learning collaborative's pre-Kindergarten program as described in the collaborative's approved application for funds. The lead partner serves as the fiscal agent for the collaborative and shall disburse awarded funds in accordance with the collaborative's approved application. The lead partner must facilitate a professional learning community for the teachers in the pre-Kindergarten program and lead the collaborative. The lead partner ensures that the collaborative adopts and implements curriculum and assessments that align with the comprehensive early learning standards. The public-school district shall be the lead partner if no other qualifying lead partner is selected.

Grantees that previously received a grant award must be in good standing with MDE to receive a grant award through this RFP.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The MDE will host an informational session, on June 9, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. to assist potential grantee with furthering their understanding of the program and the proposal process. There is no cost for the webinar; however, registration is required. Attendance to the recorded webinar is not required but is highly encouraged.

Please register at GoSignMeUp at This webinar will be recorded and posted to the Early Childhood webpage.

Pre-Application Information:

A signed proposal packet shall be submitted electronically in a PDF format via RFXS no later than Friday, July 1, 2022 by 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).).

Important tentative dates and activities related to this round of proposals are listed below.

Important Dates:
- May 27, 2022: RFP Issued
- June 3, 2022: Email and Post to MDE Website/Newspaper
- June 9, 2022: Informational Webinar @ 9:30am
- June 10, 2022: Deadline for submitting questions
- June 15, 2022: Questions will be posted to the MDE website
- June 17, 2022: Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply
- July 1, 2022, by 2:00 p.m.: Proposals deadline by 2:00 PM CST
- July 11-15, 2022: Evaluation of proposals
- July 18-27, 2022: Interviews with programs
- September 22, 2022: State Board of Education approval
- September 23, 2022: Notification of awards and non-awards
- September 30, 2022: Budget Revisions due (if needed)

All entities planning to apply should submit a Notice of Intent to Apply (Attachment A, page 49). The Notice of Intent to Apply should be received by the June 17, 2022, deadline. The Notice of Intent to Apply is not required to apply but may be necessary to assist the MDE in planning purposes and preparation for proposal scoring.

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is June 10, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Application review is expected to be completed July 11-15, 2022, and finalist need to be prepared to accept invitations and participate in the interviews that will take place July 18-27, 2022. Award announcements will be made September 23, 2022.

Contact Information:

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

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Questions concerning the RFP should be sent to Dr. Jill Dent at

Please submit proposal via the shipping instructions in the solicitation or by electronic submission on or before the required deadline date to:

Ship Proposals to: (FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Early Learning Collaborative Council Pre-
Kindergarten Application Cohort IV
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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