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Prekindergarten Early Start Grant

 

Purpose

The purpose of the Prekindergarten Early Start Grant is to provide funds to school districts and open enrollment charter schools to prepare students to enter kindergarten on or above grade level by:

  • Identifying eligible prekindergarten students and communicating the availability of services to their families and caregivers
  • Providing quality prekindergarten services based on proven school readiness components, including high quality, developmentally appropriate and rigorous curriculum; continuous student progress monitoring; and professional development for teachers
  • Creating and implementing a School Readiness Integration Partnership to coordinate services among school districts, child care providers, and Head Start programs participating in the School Readiness Certification System (SRCS)
  • Designing and developing a prekindergarten program that is sustainable after the grant ends  

Eligibility

Public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are eligible to apply if they can be classed in one of the following tiers:

  • Tier 1: average of Grade 3 TAKS reading or math scores for the last 3 consecutive years is below state average, and did not participate in PreK Expansion Grant Cycle 14, 2008-09
  • Tier 2: average of Grade 3 TAKS reading and math scores for the last 3 consecutive years is above state average, and participated in PreK Expansion Grant Cycle 14, 2008-09
  • Tier 3: average of Grade 3 TAKS reading or math scores for the last 3 consecutive years is below state average, and participated in PreK Expansion Grant Cycle 14, 2008-09

Awards

Applicant Information

  • Discretionary-Tiers 1 and 3 (Competitive)
  • Formula-Tier 2 (Noncompetitive)

Performance

Grant Profile 2010-2011:

  • Tier 1: 96 grantees (151 LEAs)
  • Tier 2: 93 grantees (110 LEAs)
  • Tier 3: 69 grantees (90 LEAs)
  • 101,232 students served (as reported by grantees)

Grant Profile 2009-2010:

  • Tier 1: 100 grantees (154 LEAs, 219 Partnerships)
  • Tier 2: 93 grantees (110 LEAs, 97 Partnerships)
  • Tier 3: 70 grantees (91 LEAs, 175 Partnerships)
  • 95,352 Students severd (as reported by grantees)

Eligible district or charter school qualified to apply for $900 per student, maximum $5 million and minimum $15,000 based on FY 2008 Prek enrollment.

The School Readiness Certification System (SRCS) serves as the reporting and evaluation tool for the PKES grant.

Funding Information

FY2010:

  • Cycle 1 Year 1 Tier 1 (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2014) - $32,216,131
  • Cycle 1 Year 1 Tier 2 (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2012) - $21,094,373
  • Cycle 1 Year 1 Tier 3 (September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2011) - $45,989,978
  • FY2010 Total: $99,300,482

FY2011:

  • Cycle 1 Year 2 Tier 1 (September 1, 2010 - August 21, 2014) - $32,009,350 
  • Cycle 1 Year 2 Tier 2 (September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2012) - $21,094,373
  • Cycle 1 Year 2 Tier 3 (September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011) - $45,919,778
  • FY2011 Total: $99,023,501

Laws and Rules

  • General Appropriations Act, Article III, Rider 45, 2009 
  • Texas Education Code §29.155
  • Commissioner's Rules Concerning Early Childhood Education Programs Texas Administrative Code Chapater 19, Part II§102.Subchapter AA 

Resources

Guidance

Contacts

Department of State Initiatives
Program Manager: Howard Morrison
Funding Manager, Discretionary Grants (Tier 1 & 3): Sarah Averill
Funding Manager, Formula Funding (Tier 2): Karyn Gukeisen
512.936.6060

Page last modified on 7/15/2011 12:00:34 PM.