NOEEN Coordinated Funding | Agenda for Children

NOEEN Coordinated Funding

Every year, each early childhood care and education network in the state, including NOEEN, submits Coordinated Funding Requests to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) detailing recommendations for seat allocations to specific childcare operators for LA 4 and NSECD for the upcoming school year. The goal of NOEEN’s Coordinated Funding Request is to ensure that the limited number of publicly-funded early childhood seats are allocated to those programs that meet this criteria:

  • High quality
  • In high demand by parents
  • Meets the needs of families

LA4 and NSECD Coordinated Funding Request Process

The LA4/NSECD Coordinated Funding Request (CFR) process is how Orleans Parish schools and early childhood centers apply to serve or continue to serve publicly-funded pre-kindergarten seats for four-year-olds. If you are applying to maintain or begin receipt of publicly-funded pre-kindergarten seats, you must participate in the CFR.

LA4 is the funding source for PK4 seats located within public elementary schools. NSECD is the funding source for PK4 seats located in private elementary schools or child care centers.

Who should submit an application for LA4 and/or NSECD seats?

  • Qualifying sites who currently serve LA4 and/or NSECD and would like to continue to provide this program in the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Qualifying sites who do not currently receive LA4 and/or NSECD funding and would like to apply to provide this program in the 2022-2023 school year.

The 2022-2023 LA4 / NSECD application process was open October 20, 2021 – November 3, 2021. Initial funding recommendations will be available January 2022.

Please note: once NOEEN funding recommendations pass through the Steering Committee, they are still subject to change. All funding recommendations for LA4 and NSECD will be subject to final approval by both the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Additional information on these funding streams may be found below.

LA4 and NSECD CFR Application Materials & Forms

Apply by November 3 to be considered for LA4 / NSECD funding for the 2022-2023 school year.

CFR Application

Evaluation Rubrics

Resources

LA4 and NSECD CFR 2022-2023 Recommendations

Formal recommendations for allocation of publicly-funded seats in the coming, 2022-2023 year are posted below and will be considered at the January 12, 2022 NOEEN Steering Committee meeting. The public is welcome to attend any NOEEN Steering Committee meeting-please contact noeen@agendaforchildren.org for a link to the virtual meeting.

PK4 recommendations are subject to approval by three governing bodies prior to initiation of services for enrolled children in the 2022-2023 school year: the New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) Steering Committee, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

LA4 CFR 2022-2023 Recommendations

NSECD CFR 2022-2023 Recommendations

Please note that the recommendations for both LA4 and NSECD are broken into priorities recommendations for LDE:

Priority 1: Recommendation reflect seat allocations remaining the same as last year
Priority 2: Recommendations reflect requests to increase seats for existing providers
Priority 3: Recommendations reflect request made by new providers to receive seats

City Seats and B-3 Coordinated Funding Request Process

The City Seats/B-3 Coordinated Funding Request (CFR) process is how Orleans Parish Type III early childhood centers apply to serve or continue to serve locally-funded seats for birth to three-year-olds. If you are applying to maintain locally-funded seats, you must participate in the CFR.

Who should submit an application for City Seats and/or B-3 seats?

  • Qualifying sites who currently serve City Seats and/or B-3 and would like to continue to provide this program in the 2022-2023 school year.

The 2022-2023 City Seats and B-3 application processes are open February 21, 2022 – March 7, 2022. Initial funding recommendations will be available March 2022.

As of February 2022, the City Seats and B-3 Programs are not projecting an expansion of new seats to new providers. To ensure continuity of care, the February 2022 CFR is only open to current providers unless additional funding is identified. If additional funding sources to support new seats is secured, we will reopen the CFR for new providers.

The early care and education millage on the April 30 ballot intends to expand early care and education funding in Orleans parish. If it passes, this funding will greatly expand the City Seats program.

Qualifying sites who do not currently receive City Seats and/or B-3 funding who are interested in potentially provide this program in the 2022-2023 school year should fill out the corresponding interest form, linked below, rather than the CFR.

Please note: once NOEEN funding recommendations pass through the Steering Committee, they are still subject to change based on seat availability and demand.

Questions regarding the CFR process should be directed to noeen@agendaforchildren.org. Additional information on these funding streams may be found below.

City Seats and B-3 CFR Application Materials & Forms

Apply by March 7 to be considered for City Seats / B-3 funding for the 2022-2023 school year.

CFR Application

Evaluation Rubrics

Resources

Completed CFR Process: 2022-2023 City Seats Recommendations

The protocol to allocate 2022-2023 City Seats will be affirmed by Steering Committee vote on March 16, 2022. The protocol dictates that seats shall be distributed as follows:

    1. Eligible applicants who received the highest relative scores, per the publicly-posted and approved City Seats Evaluation Rubric, shall be considered for seat funding.
    2. Seats shall be distributed to eligible applicants according to the following priority criteria: a) Sufficient to meet the needs of rising students, b) Prioritizing current provider programs, c) Responsive to citywide family demand, d) Emphasizing equity and stability across eligible applicants.

2022-2023 Recommended City Seats Awardees

City Seats recommendations are open to public comment from March 10, 2022 through March 16, 2022. Public comments regarding allocation protocol and recommended sites are welcomed during that period of time. Please submit questions or comments to noeen@agendaforchildren.org. After such time, City Seats recommendations shall be considered final.

Completed CFR Process: 2022-2023 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Recommendations

The protocol to allocate 2022-2023 City Seats will be affirmed by Steering Committee vote on March 16, 2022. The protocol dictates that seats shall be distributed as follows:

  1. Eligible applicants who received the highest relative scores, per the publicly-posted and approved B-3 Evaluation Rubric, shall be considered for seat funding.
  2. Seats shall be distributed to eligible applicants according to the following priority criteria: a) Sufficient to meet the needs of rising students, b) Prioritizing current provider programs, c) Responsive to citywide family demand, d) Emphasizing equity and stability across eligible applicants.
PDG Seats recommendations are open to public comment from March 10, 2022 through March 16, 2022. Public comments regarding allocation protocol and recommended sites are welcomed during that period of time. Please submit questions or comments to noeen@agendaforchildren.org. After such time, PDG Seats recommendations shall be considered final.

 

Secured $3M local municipal investment and $3M in state matching funds that will increase next year’s NOEEN City Seats program to serve 400 infants and toddlers in New Orleans. Plus, we also received a State allocation of 373 Preschool Development Grant seats. That’s nearly 800 new infants and toddlers in New Orleans who will have the opportunity for quality early education each year.

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