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Early Childhood Education and Care Department: Prekindergarten Grant

Deadline: March 31, 2021

The Prekindergarten Grant seeks applicants providing state-funded direct PreK services who will open a new program, or expand the number of children served in an existing program. Funds are available for:

  • Public Schools and Community Based Private PreK – New Mexico PreK Extended (Full-Day) Services: Services shall be provided Monday through Friday. Programs must provide 900 instructional hours and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year for children who turn four (4) years of age before September 1 and are not age-eligible for Kindergarten. Group size: 20 children with a 1:10 adult to child ratio.
  • Community-Based Private PreK Programs Only – New Mexico PreK Mixed Age Extended (Full-Day) Services: Services shall be provided Monday through Friday. Programs must provide 900 Instructional hours and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year for children who turn three (3) or four (4) years of age before September 1 and are not age-eligible for Kindergarten. Group size: 16 children with a 1:8 adult to child ratio.
  • Community-Based Private PreK Programs Only – New Mexico Early PreK Extended (Full-Day) Services: Services shall be provided Monday through Friday. Programs must provide 900 Instructional hours and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year for children who turn three (3) years of age before September 1 and are not age-eligible for Kindergarten. Group size: 16 children with a 1:8 adult to child ratio.

Depending on funding availability, a limited amount of funding will be available for:

  • Transportation – where there is no other way for children to access PreK programs.
  • Start-Up and Safety – when a program is unable to equip a new PreK, Mixed or Early PreK classroom.

Amount: Direct Services will be reimbursed in accordance with the per-child reimbursement rate. The per-child reimbursement rate is a fixed rate per service delivery and program type, and rates are non-negotiable. Total compensation awarded will be calculated by the number of children served per program type multiplied by the appropriate rate. The current per-child rates are posted on the ECECD website: www.nmececd.org .

Note: The period of performance will be for fiscal years 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Eligibility: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or public charter schools that fully participate in PED FOCUS, including their special education preschool programs; Early childhood education programs licensed by ECECD and in good standing—ECECD-licensed providers must have applied to participate in FOCUS (New Mexico Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System) at the time of application to be eligible; Tribal early childhood education programs (e.g. licensed and non-licensed child care); Head Start programs in good standing with regulatory entity; Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools and BIE contract (and grant) schools with early childhood education programs.

Link: https://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/information/rfps-rfis-rfas/

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