Early Childhood Block Grant FY24

Grant Opportunity

The Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund (KCCTF) announces the release of funding opportunity to provide high-quality education for children birth up to kindergarten entry to meet specific early childhood outcomes for state fiscal year 2024 (school year 2023-2024). The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide early childhood services for Kansas children and families ages birth to kindergarten entry, as well as services for prenatal and family supports.

Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) is intended to provide supplemental funding to fill gaps. Programs applying for this grant must demonstrate that they are investing other available financial resources and community support into their programs before requesting this funding.

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

Eligible applicants should be prepared to provide service delivery models that yield positive outcomes to Kansas children and families, including a commitment to evidence-based, data-driven practices. Applicants should include within their proposal a community-informed, community-driven collaborative approach with partners from the private sector. Eligible applicants may include:

  • 501© (3) organizations in Kansas
  • County and city governments in Kansas
  • Unified School Districts (USDs) in Kansas (not currently receiving Kansas Preschool Pilot funding from KSDE) 

    Applications were due December 21, 2022

    Support for Families

    Children and families who participate in high-quality early childhood care and education programming are more likely to have better educational outcomes, graduate high school, earn a higher lifetime salary, have higher levels of employment, and contribute to the vibrancy of their community.

    High-quality early learning opportunities are particularly beneficial for children whose early experiences otherwise put them at risk. Applicants are encouraged to keep the needs assessment themes and All In For Kansas Kids goals in mind to design a local system that holistically meets the needs of young children and families.

    Strong proposals will include:

    1. Plans based on community needs and data that address the needs assessment themes and align with the goals of the strategic plan.
    2. A focus on outcomes
    3. Public-private partnerships
    4. A commitment to evidence-based, data-driven practices
    5. Increase the availability of high-quality child care for infants and toddlers, low-income families, migrant families, children with special health care needs, children experiencing homelessness, children involved with foster care and/or care offered during non-traditional hours.

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