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Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program Illinois State Board of Education Grants and Programs Division Peggy Dunn, Principal Education Consultant
  • 2. What is the electronic bidders’ conference?
    • It will provide potential bidders with explanations or interpretations of the RFP.
    • A question and answer format will be used.
    • Updated daily.
    • No new information after December 8, 2008.
    • Website is accessible at: http://www.isbe.net/homeless
    • All suggestions and responses will be posted to the website.
    • It is advisable to check the website for weekly updates.
    • Applicants are strongly advised to check this site before submitting their proposals.
  • 3. When does the electronic bidders’ conference end?
    • December 12, 2008, at the close of business.
    • Any RFP material changes as a result of the bidders’ conference will be announced at http://www.isbe.net/homeless .
    • For more information contact:
    • Peggy Dunn, Principal Education Consultant
        • Illinois State Board of Education 100 N. First Street N242, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001 217-524-4832 or [email_address] .
  • 4. Information on the Bidders’ Conference
    • The information on the bidders’ conference is in summary format. For detail information, please read the RFP before submitting the application to be sure you have not missed any details.
  • 5. What is the background of this grant?
    • The Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program first funded in FY 09 intends to:
      • Operate program services independently of programs funded under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
      • Facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and educational success of homeless children and youth so they have the opportunity to meet the same challenging state standards to which all students are held.
      • Services and activities are to be in addition to the regular academic program and should be designed to meet the individual needs of homeless children and youth attending the schools of the district.
  • 6. State Education of Homeless Children Act
    • The program also supports the state Education for Homeless Children Act (105 ILCS 45) which can be found at: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs5.asp?ActID=1013&ChapAct=105%26nbsp%3BILCS%26nbsp%3B45%2F&ChapterID=17&ChapterName=SCHOOLS&ActName=Education+for+Homeless+Children+Act%2E
    • School districts throughout Illinois are required to comply with the federal McKinney-Vento Act, the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act, and the Policy of the Illinois State Board of Education on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (see http://www.isbe.net/homeless/pdf/policy.pdf
  • 7. How will the funding be distributed?
    • Approximately $3 Million will be available to fund programs under this RPF in FY09.
    • Approximately 75 – 100 programs will be funded.
    • The final number of projects funded is:
      • subject to the needs addressed
      • the total amounts requested in the top-ranked proposals
  • 8. Who are the eligible applicants?
    • School districts;
    • Public University Laboratory Schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education;
    • Charter Schools; and
    • Joint applications for funds may be submitted by any combination of eligible applicants with a designated administrative agent.
    • An eligible applicant may participate in only one proposal.
  • 9. What is a joint proposal?
    • An eligible school district may join together with other eligible school districts in their locality to apply for this grant.
    • Joint proposals must have the signature of the superintendent of each participating school district or agency official authorized to submit the proposal, in the case of other eligible applicants.
    • Joint applications must designate either the superintendent of one of the participating school districts, or official from one of the participating entities, to serve as the administrative agent.
    • Eligible applicants may participate in only one proposal for a specific initiative.
  • 10. What is the length of the grant period?
    • The grant period will start no sooner than January 1, 2009.
    • The grant will extend from the execution date until June 30, 2009.
    • Funding:
      • will be available for two additional years;
      • is contingent upon a sufficient appropriation for the program in subsequent fiscal years; and
      • will be based on satisfactory performance by the grantee in the preceding fiscal year.
  • 11. What is the application deadline?
    • The original and three copies are to be mailed to:
      • Peggy Dunn, Principal Education Consultant
      • Illinois State Board of Education
      • Grants and Programs Division
      • 100 North First Street, N242
      • Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001
      • Monday, December 15, 2008 received no later than 5 p. m.
      • Proposals after this deadline will not be considered.
      • No FAX or electronically submitted applications will be accepted.
  • 12. Can applications be hand delivered?
    • Proposals may be hand-delivered by the deadline to the following locations:
      • Springfield Office Information Center
      • First Floor 100 North First Street Springfield, IL
      • Chicago Office Reception Area
      • Suite 14-300 100 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL
  • 13. What is the primary purpose of the Illinois law related to homeless education?
    • Ensure that children experiencing homelessness:
    • are immediately enrolled in and continuously attending school;
    • are maintained whenever possible in the same school despite changes in their living arrangements;
    • are identified by school districts;
    • are provided with support sufficient to enable them to succeed as students.
    • This competitive grant process
    • seeks to stimulate school
    • districts throughout the state
    • to develop local responses to
    • local needs.
  • 14. What are the grant award considerations?
    • The need of the school district and
    • Number of homeless children and youths enrolled in preschool, elementary, and secondary schools;
    • The needs of these children and youth;
    • The ability of the school district to meet their needs;
    • The ability of the district to meet the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act and the state Education of Homeless Children and Youth;
    • The quality of the services proposed and the likelihood that the services proposed will meet the needs identified
    • The involvement of parents and guardians in the education of their children;
    • Coordination with other providers serving homeless families and
    • The quality of the proposed evaluation plan.
    • See “Criteria for Review and
    • Approval of Proposals”, page 9 of
    • the RFP.
  • 15. What are the program specifications?
    • Identification of Need
      • Conduct a needs assessment to determine the potential number of children in its area who are homeless or might become homeless and whether the child is enrolled in school.
      • The information should be gathered from school districts, homeless shelters, social service agencies, and other community groups that may work with people who are homeless.
      • Demographic characteristics of the area used to gauge the likelihood that families may become homeless, rates of unemployment, influx of immigrants, and the health of the business and industrial sectors of the community.
  • 16. What are the allowable activities?
    • The funds provided under the Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program may be used for activities that carry out the purpose of the federal Education of Homeless Children and Youth program. Services and activities may be provided to the maximum extent practicable, through existing programs and mechanisms that integrate homeless children and youth with non-homeless children and youth.
    • All services and activities must be designed to expand or improve services provided as part of the school’s regular academic program, but NOT TO REPLACE SUCH SERVICES PROVIDED UNDER THAT PROGRAM.
    • The details of the Allowable Activities can be found in the RFP and are summarized in the next slides.
  • 17. Allowable Activities - 1
    • Tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched educational services that are linked to achievement.
    • Expedited evaluations of the strengths and needs of homeless children and youth.
    • Professional development and other activities for educators and other school personnel that are designed to develop awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of homeless children and youth.
    • Referral services for medical, dental, mental and other health services and documentation of all referrals and outcomes.
  • 18. Allowable Activities - 2
    • Assistance to defray the excess cost of transportation for students not otherwise provided through federal, state, or local funding, where necessary to enable students to attend school.
    • Developmentally appropriate early childhood education programs for homeless children of preschool age that are not provided through other federal, state, or local funds.
    • Services and assistance to attract, engage, and retain homeless children and youth, and unaccompanied youth.
    • Parent education & training for the parents of homeless children and youth about the rights and resources.
  • 19. Allowable Activities - 3
    • Before- and after-school, mentoring, and summer programs for homeless children and youth.
    • Where necessary, the payment of fees and other costs associated with tracking, obtaining and transferring records necessary to enroll homeless children and youth in school, including birth certificates, immunization records, academic records, guardianship records, and evaluations for special programs or services.
    • Coordination between schools and agencies providing services to homeless children and youth to expand and enhance such services.
  • 20. Allowable Activities - 4
    • Counseling, social work and psychological services with documentation of the referral and outcome report of such services.
    • Activities to address the particular needs of homeless children and youth that may arise from domestic violence.
    • The adaptation of space and the purchase of supplies for non-school facilities and services made available to homeless children and youth.
    • School supplies to be distributed at shelters or temporary housing facilities and other extraordinary or emergency assistance.
  • 21. How to provide coordination with other providers?
    • School districts are required to coordinate and document their homeless efforts with other service providers and programs that provide assistance to homeless families.
    • Coordination must be designed to:
      • Ensure that homeless children and youth have access and reasonable proximity to activities and related support services; and
      • Raise the awareness of school personnel and service providers of the effects of short-term stays in shelters and other challenges with ongoing education and training efforts.
  • 22. What is the fiscal information?
    • Approximately $3 million will be available for FY09. Individual grant award determinations will be based upon the applicant’s demonstrated need, and the quality of the proposed activities and their likelihood of increasing school attendance and achievement as a result of the supplemental services.
    • Funds may be used only to supplement, and not supplant any local, state, or federal funds used to support the applicant’s current programs, including any costs associated with personnel.
  • 23. What other fiscal information is important?
    • Administrative costs cannot exceed 5 percent of the approved grant amount.
    • Proposed expenditures will be approved only if they directly relate to the provision of one or more of the allowable services and activities.
    • Applicants are advised that while it is the intention of the ISBE to fund programs for a three-year period, funding is not guaranteed. 
  • 24. What may grant funds NOT be used for?
    • Equipment, including cell phones, other communication technology purchases, computers, Whiteboards, Smart boards , or similar items;
    • Technology services;
    • Out-of-state travel;
    • Remodeling or facility adaptation of any space not used directly by homeless children and youth in their receipt of allowable services and activities.
  • 25. What is the proposal format?
    • Each proposal must be submitted in the format outlined below. Please use the following as a checklist in assembling your completed proposal. Incomplete proposals, proposals submitted without an original signature, proposals with narratives longer than 10 pages, and proposals with unrequested attachments, including letters of support, will not be reviewed. Proposals must be clipped or stapled, not bound.
    • Each proposal must be double spaced using 10 point font.
  • 26. What are the main areas of the proposal checklist?
    • 1. Cover Page (Attachment 1)
    • 2. Joint Application (Attachment 1a)
    • 3. Proposal Abstract (Attachment 2 )
    • 4. Proposal Narrative
    • 5. Goals, Outcomes, Activities, and Measures (Attachment 3)
    • 6. Budget Summary and Payment Schedule (Attachment 4)
    • 7. Budget Narrative (Attachment 5)
    • 8. Certifications and Assurances (Attachments 6 and 7)
  • 27. What are the narrative requirements?
    • Following the format provided in the RFP, respond to each requirement in the order presented.
    • Limit the proposal narrative to 10 pages.
    • See the next five slides to address the expanded narrative requirements of the grant.
  • 28. 1. Needs Assessment
      • The purpose is to review the school district process
      • to determine the specific need for homeless
      • education services by defining:
      • The area an applicant intends to serve in each of the categories.
      • Describe the barriers faced by homeless children and youth regarding educational and related needs.
  • 29. 2. Barriers and Challenges
      • Describe any challenges that the district has
      • encountered in meeting the requirements of the
      • federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
      • and/or the state Education for Homeless Children
      • Act plus the steps taken to address those
      • challenges.
  • 30.
    • Program Description, Local Coordination, & Staffing
    • Program Description : Describe the proposed activities and services to be provided and how these activities and services will meet the needs of the homeless children and youth to be served.
    • Local Coordination : Describe how the applicant will ensure effective coordination with other providers serving homeless families.
    • Staffing : Describe the qualifications of the staff responsible for the proposed activities and other services. Consider the use of grant funds to hire additional personnel based on the potential for continued funding.
  • 31. 5. Evaluation
    • Describe the data to be collected,
    • Specific methods to be used to determine the success of the program, and
    • Describe how the evaluation results will be used in the continued development and improvement of the program.
  • 32. What are the criteria for review?
    • Proposals will be evaluated in comparison with other Education of Homeless Children and Youth State Grant Program proposals received by ISBE, based upon the criteria below:
    • Sufficient need for the program : evidenced by the students identified as eligible for program services.
    • Program Design : The proposed activities and other services to be provided have a strong potential for helping the applicant design and continue programs that enable homeless children and youth to achieve stability and integration within the regular education programs.
    • Effective Mechanisms for Involving Parents/Guardians:
    • Proposed activities and services address effective mechanisms for involving the above in the education of their children.
  • 33. What are the criteria for review?
    • Coordination with Other Providers: The proposal demonstrates that effective coordination with private, non-profit entities, social services agencies and others serving homeless children and youths and their families will occur, as necessary, so that the applicant is able to provide services that are appropriate and comprehensive.
    • Evaluation: The proposed evaluation process is designed to assess the effectiveness of the program’s activities and services in relation to the program’s goals and objectives and likely to produce data that can be used to improve the program.
    • Budget Summary and Budget Information: The proposed budget is consistent with the proposal’s activities and appears to be cost-effective.
  • 34. Contact Information
    • Peggy Dunn, Principal Education Consultant
    • Illinois State Board of Education
    • Grants and Programs Division
    • Contact by email only using “State Homeless Grant Question” in the subject line regarding this grant: [email_address]
    • No phone calls will be accepted related to this grant application.