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OFFICE OF SPECIAL
EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, Section 619, as amended.
To provide grants to States
to assist them in providing a free appropriate public education 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
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds are used by State education agencies in accordance with the priorities
in the Act to: (1) Provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to
preschool 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; (2) at the State's discretion, to set aside some
grant funds to be used to administer section 619 and to use State set-aside
funds for support services, direct services, for the State's State Improvement
Plan, for activities to meet the State's performance goals, and to supplement
other funds used for a Statewide coordinated service system designed to
improve results for children and families. This program is subject to
non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate
which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office
of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.
Applicant Eligibility: State education agencies in the 50 States, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Three through 5-year old children, and (at
the State's option) 2-year old children that will reach age 3 during the school
year, having mental retardation, hearing impairments, including deafness, speech
or language impairments, visual impairments, including blindness, serious
emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury,
other health impairments specific learning disabilities, or developmental delays
that require special education and related services will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation: Costs will be determined in accordance with
OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: There is no separate application required
for this program. States are eligible to receive Preschool Grant funds if the
State education agency establishes eligibility under section 612 of the IDEA and
if the State makes free appropriate public education available to all 3 through
5-year old children with disabilities. This program is excluded from coverage
under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: This program is excluded from coverage under
OMB Circular No. A-110. States are eligible to receive funds under this program
if the State establishes eligibility for funds under Section 612 of Part B of
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and if the State makes
free appropriate public education available to all 3 through 5-year old children
with disabilities residing in the State. Local education agencies establish
eligibility for Preschool Grant funds by meeting local application eligibility
requirements in section 613 of Part B of the IDEA. No separate application for
section 619 funds is required.
Award Procedure: Once the State has established eligibility to receive
funds under part B of the IDEA, a grant award representing the total preschool
grant amount for that fiscal year is forwarded to the State's department of
education. A State must serve all 3 through 5- year old children with
disabilities if the State wants to continue participating in this program, as
well as to receive funds for 3 through 5-year old children served under the
Grants to States program and discretionary funds under Part D of the IDEA
pertaining to projects for 3 through 5-year old children with disabilities.
Deadlines: Dates vary within each State. To expedite funding the
submission date is set for April 1. Plans or amendments are accepted throughout
the fiscal year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Not applicable.
Appeals: Not applicable.
Renewals: Not applicable.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Preschool Grants are awarded to
States based on a statutory formula. A State first receives the amount it
received under this program in federal fiscal year 1997. If the appropriation
for this program in any subsequent fiscal year exceeds the amount for the
preceding fiscal year, 85 percent of the excess appropriation over the fiscal
year 1997 appropriation is awarded to States based on their relative populations
of children aged 3 through 5, and 15 percent of the excess appropriation is
awarded based on the State's relative population of all children aged 3 trough 5
living in poverty.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Grants are issued each fiscal
year. The obligation period is one fiscal year (a 15-month period from July 1
through September 30) plus a one year carryover provision.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Account Identification: 91-0300-0-1-501.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $390,000,000; FY 02 est $390,000,000; and
FY 03 est $390,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: Fiscal year 2001 range is
from $253,905 to $39,848,701.
All State agencies, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia are expected to
continue to receive funding under this program.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Final regulations were published in the Federal Register on June 1, 1998 at 34
CFR 301. Other regulations applicable to this program are found in the Federal
Register at 34 CFR Part 300.
Regional or Local Office: State educational agencies, Part B or
Preschool Coordinator, or the Director of Special Education.
Headquarters Office: Division of Monitoring and State Improvement
Planning, Office of Special Education Programs, Office of the Assistant
Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202. Contact: Nancy
Treusch. Telephone (202) 205-9097.
Web Site Address: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP/.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Approved applications from the State education agencies which meet the
requirements as set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
and implementing regulations at 34 CFR Part 300 are funded under this program,
as well as provide free appropriate public education to all children with
disabilities aged 3 through 5 years.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The applicants eligible to participate in the program qualify for funding
based upon a approved application under section 612 of the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act and that they provide free appropriate public
education to all children with disabilities aged three through five years. The
criteria for approving an application appear in the regulations implementing
part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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