Special Education_Preschool Grants


To provide grants to States to assist them in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities ages 3 through 5 years, and at a State's discretion, to 2- year- old children with disabilities who will reach age three during the school year.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part B, Section 619; 20 U.S.C. 1419.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Local educational agencies apply to their State educational agency for sub-grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Children aged 3 through 5 with disabilities, and (at the State's option) 2-year- old children with disabilities that will reach age 3 during the school year, that require special education and related services will benefit.
No State or jurisdiction may receive a grant unless the Secretary has approved the annual application and statement of assurances. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States are eligible to receive funds under this program if the State establishes eligibility under Section 612 of Part B of the IDEA and if the State makes a free appropriate public education available to all children ages 3 through 5 years with disabilities residing in the State. Local educational agencies establish eligibility for Preschool Grant funds by meeting local application eligibility requirements in section 613 of Part B of the IDEA.
Award Procedure
Once the State application has been approved, a grant award representing the total preschool grant amount for that fiscal year is forwarded to the State's department of education. Notification of the award is made to the Chief State School Officer. States make subgrants to eligible local educational agencies from their initial grant award after setting aside funds for administration and state-level activities.
May 10, 2016 The submission date for the State applications is May 10 to expedite funding, but plans or amendments are accepted throughout the school year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Within 90 days.
The Department must not take final action to disapprove an application until the State is provided reasonable notice and an opportunity for a hearing. The State must request a hearing no later than 30 days after it receives notice of the proposed final determination that the State is not eligible to receive its award.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
States and other eligible entities qualify for funding if they submit approvable applications under IDEA, section 612 and if they make a free appropriate public education available to all children with disabilities ages three through five years, residing in the State.
How may assistance be used?
States must distribute all grant funds that the State does not reserve for administration of the program or other State-level activities to eligible local educational agencies. Funds are used by State and local educational agencies, in accordance with the IDEA, to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities ages 3 through 5, and at the State's discretion, to 2-year -old children with disabilities who will reach age 3 during the next school year; and in some cases, early intervening services.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
State Performance Plans (SPPs) and Annual Performance Reports (APRs) are submitted to the Department of Education from the State Departments of Education. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. 34 CFR 80.41. Performance monitoring is applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
As required by EDGAR for State administered programs (34 CFR 76.730-731). Generally, the State and its subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years from the date the grantee or subgrantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. 34 CFR 80.42. Also, all records supporting claims for Federal funds or relating to the accountability of the grantee for the expenditure of such funds must be accessible for administrative review.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Statutory citation: IDEA Part B Sec. 619(c)

In general, funds are distributed to eligible entities through a formula based on general population and poverty. Under the formula, each State is first allocated an amount equal to its fiscal year 1997 allocation. For any year in which the appropriation is greater than the prior year level, 85 percent of the funds above the fiscal year 1997 level are distributed based on each State’s relative percentage of the total number of children aged 3 through 5 in the general population. The other 15 percent is distributed based on the relative percentage of children aged 3 through 5 in each State who are living in poverty.

The statute also includes several maximum and minimum allocation requirements when the amount available for distribution to States increases. If the amount available for allocation to States remains the same from one year to the next, States receive the same level of funding as in the prior year. If the amount available for allocation to States decreases from the prior year, any amount available for allocation to States above the 1997 level is allocated based on the relative increases in funding that the States received between 1997 and the prior year. If there is a decrease below the amount allocated for 1997, each State’s allocation is ratably reduced from the 1997 level.
This program has no matching requirements. No match requirement. However, there are non-supplanting and excess cost requirements.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. MOE requirements for this program apply to both State Educational Agencies and local educational agencies. Contact the program office for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are issued each fiscal year. The Federal obligation period is a 15-month period from July 1 through September 30. State and local educational agencies have an additional 12-month period to obligate funds they receive. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the program office for information on how assistance is awarded/released.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Gregg Corr Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: gregg.corr@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7309
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $353,238,000; FY 15 est $353,238,000; and FY 16 est $353,238,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY 2015, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico, ranged from $217,082 to $35,217,658, with an average award of $6,793,038.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program regulations are at 34 CFR Part 300, and 34 CFR Parts 76-77, 79, 80-82, 84-86, and 97-99.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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