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New Mexico Public Education Department: New Mexico PreK Program (New and Continuation Applications)

Deadline: April 6, 2015

The purpose of the PreK Program is to: (1) increase statewide access to voluntary quality NM PreK developmental readiness programs; (2) focus on enrolling new children and building community capacity; (3) provide developmentally appropriate activities for New Mexico children; (4) focus on school readiness; and (5) expand early childhood community capacity.

The PreK Program provides voluntary, state-funded, pre-kindergarten programs for children who turn four years old before September 1st and are not age-eligible for kindergarten, including students with disabilities, regardless of the disability.

School districts, charter schools, and Regional Education Cooperatives (RECs) that received New Mexico PreK funding for SY 2014–2015 must submit a continuation application to continue operation of the PreK Program for the 2015–2016 school year.

Amount: Pre-kindergarten services may be provided by public schools on a per-child reimbursement rate of $3,000. Additional per-child funding may be available based upon the final appropriation at the conclusion of the legislative session. Districts and charter schools will be notified if additional funding is available and may revise budgets accordingly.

Eligibility: The NMPED shall fund school districts and charter schools for PreK services, while the CYFD shall fund other eligible providers for PreK services. On behalf of a school district, RECs may apply to be a PreK program service provider.

Applications and proposals shall be evaluated and priority given to programs in communities with public elementary schools that are designated as Title I schools and that have at least 66 percent of the children served living within the attendance zone of a Title I elementary school.

Link: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/rfps.html

Note: Two pre-application workshops will be held for continuation applicants. in conjunction with the PreK Administrators’ Meetings on March 13, 2015 and March 20, 2015.

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