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FY18 Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Funding High Quality Designation Application


Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Early Learning (DEL) is responsible for coordinating early childhood education services for children and families living in the District of Columbia. OSSE works to develop an effective early care and education system by implementing high-quality standards for programs and professionals; providing supports to meet these quality standards; monitoring program adherence to rigorous local and federal accountability measures; engaging community stakeholders; and securing strong financial supports.

The Pre-Kindergarten Enhancement and Expansion Funding program is managed by OSSE pursuant to the Pre-k Enhancement and Expansion Amendment Act of 2008 (the Act), effective July 18, 2008 (DC Law 17-202; DC Official Code §§ 38-271.01 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 5-A DCMR Chapter 35. The Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Funding program is a multi-pronged initiative aimed at creating and supporting high-quality universally available pre-kindergarten (pre-K) education services in the District of Columbia through a mixed delivery system in community-based organizations (CBOs), District of Columbia Public Schools, and public charter schools. The implementation of the Act is a central part of OSSE’s mission and goal to ensure that all children are well prepared for school and that our youngest learners receive an excellent education.

OSSE seeks to enhance funding for current high-quality pre-K education services offered by CBOs to ensure program quality is maintained by maximizing multiple funding sources. For the purpose of this application, a CBO is defined as a Head Start or early childhood education program operated by a non-profit, for-profit, or faith-based organization, or organization that participates in local or federally-funded early childhood programs, including the subsidized child care program.

All pre-K age children with verified residency in the District of Columbia and who are of pre-K age are eligible to be served in the Pre-K Enhancement and Expansion Funding program regardless of race, ethnicity, income, religion, or membership in other protected groups. Pre-K age children are children who are:

  1. Three years of age on or before Sept. 30 of the program year for which the child is being enrolled;
  2. Four years of age; or
  3. Five years of age after Sept. 30 of the program year for which the child is being enrolled.

Submission Date and Time

The completed high-quality designation application, including all supporting documentation, must be received by OSSE no later than Friday, July 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. OSSE reserves the right not to consider incomplete or late submissions.

The completed high-quality designation application, including all supporting documentation, must be submitted electronically to Dr. Mahlet Getachew, education research analyst, at [email protected].

Application Questions

For questions regarding the high-quality application, please contact:

Mahlet Getachew, Ed.D
Education Research Analyst
Policy, Planning and Research Unit
Division of Early Learning
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
810 First St. NE Ninth Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 727-0545


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