Early Childhood Educator Professional Development

To promote school readiness and improved learning outcomes of young children by providing high-quality professional development programs to improve the knowledge and skills of early childhood educators and caregivers who work in early childhood programs located in high-poverty communities and who serve
primarily children from low-income families.

This professional development must primarily provide training that will improve early childhood pedagogy and will further children's language and literacy skills to prevent them from encountering reading difficulties when they enter school.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

These professional development programs are partnerships between Institutions of Higher Education and providers of early childhood education that provide research-based training that will improve early childhood pedagogy and will further children's language and literacy skills to prevent them from encountering reading difficulties when they enter school.


Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

4 awards were made in 2007.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Successful applicants must use these funds to carry out the activities described in their approved applications.

Grant recipients, must, for example, use funds for reasonable costs needed to provide high-quality, research-based professional development opportunities for early childhood educators working in urban and rural communities with high concentrations of young children living in poverty, enrolled in programs such as: Title I preschools, Head Start, Even Start Family Literacy programs, and publicly funded or subsidized child care.

The indirect cost rate is limited to the maximum of eight percent or the amount permitted by its negotiated indirect cost rate agreement, whichever is less.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of higher education, State agencies for higher education, local educational agencies, State educational agencies, and other public and private agencies, organizations, and institutions such as child care consortiums and Head Start programs.

Specifically, prtnerships of: (a) a professional development provider; (b) public agencies, Head Start agencies, or private organizations; and (c), if feasible, an entity with experience in training early childhood educators about identifying and preventing behavioral problems or with experience in working with children who are victims of abuse.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Early childhood educators who work in early childhood programs located in urban or rural high-poverty communities and who primarily serve children from low-income families.

Credentials/Documentation

Not applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 Procedures

Applications must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the notice published in the Federal Register. By the due date, eligible applicants must submit to the Department of Education, Application Control Center, a complete application that addresses the purposes of the program, the selection criteria, the absolute priority included in the application notice, and includes all required assurances and signatures. Required assurances and certifications include: Group Application Certification (if applicable); Assurances for Non-Construction Programs (SF 422B); Certification regarding Lobbying, Debarment; Suspension and Other Responsibility Matter, and Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (ED Form 80-0013); Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF LLL) (if applicable); Response to Notice to All Applicants (Section 427, GEPA). Applications should also include a Cover Page (SF424); the required Budget Form (ED Form 524); an itemized budget and other budget information; proof of eligibility; a project abstract; and a program narrative that includes responses to selection criteria. Applicants are encouraged to submit one original and two copies of their application.

Award Procedures

The Department of Education notifies applicants of award results. Contact the Program Office for more information.

Deadlines

Deadlines will be published in the Federal Register. You may also contact the Program Office for application deadlines.

Authorization

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title II, Part A, Subpart 5, section 2151 (e).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 to 120 days following the application deadline.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Applicants may apply for a project period of up to four years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are funded for a period of up to four years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Progress reports must be submitted at the end of each budget period in order to receive continuation awards.

Performance reports must be submitted at the end of the grant period.

Audits

In accordance with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR 80, State and local governments that receive financial assistance of $100,000 or more within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made for that year. State and local governments that receive between $25,000 and $100,000 within the State's fiscal year shall have an audit made in accordance with the Appendix to EDGAR, Part 80.

Records

In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain records must be retained for three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-1000-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $14,549,000; FY 08 $0; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The average award was $3,366,746.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, 97, 98, and 99.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Department of Education, OESE Early Childhood Educator Professional Development 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6132. Contact: Rosemary Fennell, E-mail: eceprofdev@ed.gov. Telephone: (202) 260-0792.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection criteria contained in EDGAR, 34 CFR 75.209 and 75.210 are used to evaluate applications.



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