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84.173 Special Education_Preschool Grants

FEDERAL AGENCY:

OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION:

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, Section 619, as amended.
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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 year.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Formula Grants.
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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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

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.
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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.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

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:

Reports: None.
Audits: None.
Records: None.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

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:
For FY 2016, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico, ranged from $229,556 to $36,944,889, with an average award of $7,081,500.
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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

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.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office: None.
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

Web Site Address:  
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/programs.html

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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