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New Mexico Public Education Department: New Mexico SY 2017–2018 PreK Program Continuation Application

Deadline: March 17, 2017

The New Mexico PreK Program seeks 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. For funding purposes, 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. In addition, priority is given to K-3 Plus schools.

Amount: Services may be provided on a per-child reimbursement rate of $3,206.20 for programs providing half-day services (450 classroom hours). PreK services for extended-day programs may be provided by public schools, including charter schools, at a per-child reimbursement rate of $6,412.40.

Note that funding is dependent on legislative appropriation. If the legislature appropriates the same amount of funding for school year 2017-18 as in 2016-17, district/charter budgets will remain at the 2016-17 funding level of funding. If the appropriation is reduced, district/charter budgets will decrease accordingly.

Eligibility: School districts, charter schools, and Regional Educational Cooperatives (REGs) that received New Mexico PreK funding for SY 2016–2017 may submit a continuation application for the PreK program.

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

Note: Two pre-application workshops will be held on February 23, 2017 and March 2, 2017.

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