Coordinated Funding Request Considerations | Agenda for Children

NOEEN Coordinated Funding Request Considerations

There are many priorities and factors to consider when determining your program’s request for publicly-funded seats through the CFR process.

To this end, NOEEN has detailed below four significant factors that sites should take into consideration when formulating their desired publicly-funded seats.

Eligibility

The most significant factor in determining which funding stream to apply for is your program’s eligibility by center type and ages served. See basic eligibility requirements below:

 City SeatsB-3LA4NSECD
Provider TypeType III ProvidersType III ProvidersPublic SchoolsPrivate Schools, Type III Providers
Must Serve Ages…Six Weeks to Three-Years-OldSix Weeks to Three-Years-OldFour-Years-Old to Five- Years-OldFour-Years-Old to Five- Years-Old

Additional Funding Stream Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive public funding, there are basic requirements that all Type III and school-based early childhood programs must follow, such as the completion of TS GOLD Checkpoints, participation in CLASS observations, etc.

However, individual funding streams, such as City Seats, B-3, LA4, and NSECD each have separate and distinct requirements that providers, as recipients, must meet. 

Full details of these requirements can be found below:

 

Highlights from provider requirements include, but are not limited to:

 City SeatsB-3LA4NSECD
HoursFull day, full year services for up to ten (10) hours per day, five (5) days/weekFull day, full year services for up to ten (10) hours per day, five (5) days/weekUp to six (6) hours per day, five (5) days/week, nine (9) months/yearUp to six (6) hours per day, five (5) days/week, nine (9) months/year
RatiosMaintenance of a teacher/child ratio of no higher than one (1) teacher to four (4) children for infants and toddlers, and one (1) teacher to eight (8) children for three year olds; with no group having more than eight (8) children at all timesMaintenance of a teacher/child ratio of no higher than one (1) teacher to four (4) children for infants and toddlers, and one (1) teacher to eight (8) children for three year olds; with no group having more than eight (8) children at all timesStudent-to-lead teacher ratio
of no more than twenty-to-one and a student-to-adult staff member ratio of no more than ten-to-one
Student-to-lead teacher ratio
of no more than twenty-to-one and a student-to-adult staff member ratio of no more than ten-to-one
Curriculum RequirementsUse of Tier 1 Curriculum--Use of Tier 1 Curriculum
Performance Profile RatingProficient or Higher unless newly-operating providerProficient or Higher unless newly-operating provider--
Support ServicesASQ Screening and Hearing and Vision Screening with 45 days of enrollmentASQ Screening and Hearing and Vision Screening with 45 days of enrollmentMust provide at minimum:
vision/hearing screening and referrals;
linkages to services such as G.E.D., adult literacy training, and referrals for medical, housing/utilities assistance, etc.
Must provide support services, including but not limited to vision/hearing screening and referrals within 90 days of student enrollment
Parent EngagementMust complete within 45 days of City Seats child enrollment:
Parent Orientation; Parent MOU; Consent Form
Must complete within 45 days of B-3 child enrollment:
Parent Orientation; Parent MOU; Consent Form
Must provide parent involvement activitiesMust collect completed Parent Handbook agreement within 30 days of NSECD student enrollment
Teacher CredentialsMust have CDA or higher within 60 days of hireMust have ECAC within 60 days of hireLA4 lead teacher requirements can be found herefound here.NSECD lead teacher requirements can be found here. NSECD teachers must complete no fewer than 18 hours of continuing education/professional development in an approved category
Other RequirementsMust participate in coaching services and utilize ChildPlus Software upon entry to program. See MOU for additional program requirements.Must utilize ChildPlus Software upon entry to program. See MOU for additional program requirements.See Guidance Document for additional program requirements.Must provide 2 developmentally appropriate field trips to classrooms with NSECD children per year, 1 per semester. See Guidance Document for additional program requirements.

Continuity of Care

Providers should formulate seat requests in such a way that ensures continuity of care for current children within the program. 

For example, if a City Seats site received 5 seats for one-year-olds in the 22 – 23 school year, for the purposes of their request, they should assume those children will continue in their center for the 23 – 24 school year. Therefore, they should request 5 two-year-old seats for the 23 – 24 school year at minimum to ensure those children will continue to be served within their center.

Reimbursement Rates

 City SeatsB-3LA4NSECD
Infant Rate$1,000/Month$1,578.33/Month--
One-Year-Old Rate$1,000/Month$975/Month--
Two-Year-Old Rate$1,000/Month$975/Month--
Three-Year-Old Rate$1,000/Month$889.17/Month-$5,580/Year
Four-Year-Old Rate--$5,580/Year$5,580/Year

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