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.

Important dates for Coordinated Funding Request processes will be posted soon.

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.

Head Start, Early Head Start, City Seats, and CCAP funding requests are not managed through the CFR. Additional information on these funding streams may be found below.

NOEEN B-3 Coordinated Funding Request Processes

The NOEEN B-3 Coordinated Funding Request Processes is how any Orleans Parish Type III early learning centers applies to operate either the City Seats or Pre-School Development Grant (PDG) birth-to-three programs. If you are applying to maintain or begin receipt of City Seats and/or PDG funding, you must participate in the applicable CFR application(s).

The application for 2021-2022 B-3 Seats will be available in Spring 2021. Approved requests for the 2021-2022 City Seats Program will be awarded in Spring 2021 and filled in the closest corresponding enrollment process administered by NOLA-PS.

Who should submit a B-3 CFR application?

Qualifying centers who currently serve City Seats and/or PDG, and would like to continue to serve this program in the 2021-2022 school year.

Qualifying centers who do not currently receive City Seats and/or PDG funding, and would like to apply to serve this program in the 2021-2022 school year.

Applicants to City Seats must meet the following requirements:

  • A licensed Type III center with an overall Performance Profile rating of Proficient or above
  • Utilizing a Tier 1 Curricula
  • Willing & able to serve children ages 6 weeks through 3 years old
  • Willing & able to allow teachers to receive coaching and other development opportunities as required
  • Able to produce a demonstrated record of good faith participation in NOEEN network activities
  • Willing & able to comply with any and all requirements as detailed in the application and like agreements

Applicants to PDG must meet the following requirements:

  • A licensed Type III center with an overall Performance Profile rating of
  • Approaching Proficient or above.
  • Willing & able to serve children ages 6 weeks through 3 years old.
  • Able to produce a demonstrated record of good faith participation in NOEEN network activities.
  • Willing & able to comply with any and all requirements as detailed in the application and like agreements.

CFR Application Materials & Forms

Submit a CFR Application

The application for 2020-2021 LA4/NSECD seats has passed. See above for more information regarding important dates and deadlines for LA4/NSECD.

Apply for 2021-2022 City Seats! Applications open April 30, and are due May 10. Please read all requirements before applying, detailed above.

Apply for 2021-2022 PDG Seats! Applications open April 30, and are due May 10. Please read all requirements before applying, detailed above.

Evaluation Rubrics

Resources

CFR 2021-2022 Recommendations

Formal recommendations for allocation of publicly-funded seats in the coming, 2021-2022 year will be posted here for a limited period of time following initial approval.

PK4 recommendations are subject to approval by three governing bodies prior to initiation of services for enrolled children in the 2021-2022 school year: the New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) Steering Committee, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Should additional availability remain in the Orleans Parish allocation of publicly-funded seats subsequent to and outside of the Fall 2020 Coordinated Funding Request process, NOEEN will conduct a ‘Special Considerations’ process by which any eligible school and/or childcare facility may request to be considered for remaining funds.

City Seats Recommendations

The protocol to allocate 2021-2022 City Seats was affirmed by Steering Committee vote on May 19, 2021. 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.

2021-2022 Recommended City Seats Awardees

City Seats recommendations are open to public comment from May 20, 2021 through May 22, 2021. 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.

PDF Recommendations

The protocol to allocate 2021-2022 PDG Seats was affirmed by Steering Committee vote on May 19, 2021. 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) Responsive to citywide family demand, d) Emphasizing equity and stability across eligible applicants.
PDG Seats recommendations are open to public comment from June 2, 2021 through June 5, 2021. 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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