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New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Mixed Aged PreK Pilot Program

Deadline: April 24, 2018

The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is providing funding to eligible entities to implement Mixed Aged PreK Pilot Programs for both three and four year olds where a PreK or Early PreK standalone program is not feasible. The Mixed Age PreK Pilot Program aims to:

  • Increase statewide access to voluntary high quality early childhood education programs where a PreK or Early PreK standalone program is not feasible
  • Provide developmentally appropriate early learning activities for New Mexico children that focus on school readiness
  • Expand early childhood community capacity
  • Provide high quality early childhood education programs based on the comprehensive framework as described in the New Mexico PreK and Early PreK Program Standards

CYFD is seeking applicants to provide the following CYFD Mixed Age PreK Pilot Program options:

  • Mixed Age PreK Pilot Program Basic Services: 450 Instructional hours for children who turn three years of age before 12:01 a.m., September 1st of the current year and are not age-eligible for kindergarten, and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year. Group size for single session is 16 children with a 1:8 ratio, and group size for double session is 14 children with a 1:7 ratio.
  • Mixed Age PreK Pilot Program Extended Day Services: 900 Instructional hours for children who turn three years of age before 12:01 a.m., September 1st of the current year and are not age-eligible for kindergarten, and 90 hours of family engagement activities per program per year. Group size for single session is 16 children with a 1:8 ratio.

Priority will be given to programs within the attendance boundaries of public elementary schools that are designated as Title I schools and that have at least sixty-six percent of the children served living within the attendance zone of a Title I elementary school (see current list of Title I schools at www.newmexicoprek.org).

Additionally, although all eligible early childhood education programs statewide are encouraged to apply, CYFD will prioritize the funding of CYFD Mixed Age PreK Pilot programs located within (and serving the children living within) the boundaries of Early Childhood Investment Zones, which include:

  • Dexter, Tatum, Lovington, Hobbs, Eunice and Jal School Districts
  • Logan, San Jon, Tucumcari, House, Vaughn and Santa Rosa School Districts
  • Estancia and Mountainair School Districts
  • Gallup-McKinley, Zuni, and Grants-Cibola School Districts
  • Cuba, Dulce, Jemez Mountain, Chama Valley, Mesa Vista and Espanola School Districts
  • Mosquero, Roy, Cimarron, Raton, Maxwell and Springer School Districts
  • Rio Grande Cluster of the Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Magdalena, Deming, Hatch, Gadsden and Truth or Consequences School Districts

Amount: Direct Services will be reimbursed in accordance to the per-child reimbursement rate. The per-child reimbursement rate is a fixed rate per service delivery (program type) and rates are non-negotiable. Rates are:

  • $8,000: Per-Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM CYFD Mixed Age PreK Pilot Extended-Day Child (Maximum Class Size – 16; Educator: Child Ratio – 1:8; 900 Classroom Hours – 990 Hours Total)
  • $4,000: Per-Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM CYFD Mixed Age PreK Pilot Basic Child (Maximum Class Size – 16; Educator: Child Ratio – 1:8; 450 Classroom Hours – 540 Hours Total)
  • $4,000: Per-Child Reimbursement Rate for a NM CYFD Mixed Age PreK Pilot Basic – Double Session Child (Maximum Class Size – 14; Educator: Child Ratio – 1:7; 450 Classroom Hours – 540 Hours Total)

Eligibility:

  • Early childhood education programs that are licensed by CYFD and in good standing and do not operate under the auspices of the New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Tribal early childhood education programs
  • Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, and BIE contract (and grant) schools with early childhood education programs
  • Programs currently funded or previously funded by CYFD for NM PreK must be (or must have been) in satisfactory contract compliance
  • Provide services in rural, underserved areas where a PreK or Early PreK Standalone option is not feasible
  • Must be currently enrolled in FOCUS as a 2+ STAR program or above

Link: https://cyfd.org/for-providers/rfp

Note: Potential applicants may attend a pre-application meeting that will be held on March 21, 2018 in English from 9:30am to 11:00am; and in Spanish from 11:00am to 12:30pm at the following location:

New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department
(Old) PERA Building – 2nd Floor Auditorium/Apodaca Hall
1120 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

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