Fall 2023 CCAP B-3 + ECEF Seat Request | Agenda for Children

Fall 2023 CCAP B-3 + ECEF Application

Programs can find more information about the opportunity to receive 2023-2024 CCAP B-3 and Early Childhood Education Fund Seats below.

The Opportunity

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has allocated state funding to support a new CCAP B-3 Seats Pilot program through June 30, 2024. This program aims to expand access to high-quality early care and education for children, birth through age three, at high-quality early learning programs. With additional state funding, this program may be renewed for the 2024-25 programmatic year. As the Co-Community Network Lead Agency for Orleans Parish, Agenda for Children is required by the LDOE to seek partners for the CCAP B-3 program through a formal application process.

Additionally, Orleans Parish has secured funding through the Early Childhood Education Fund (ECEF), or “State Match,” program from passing the ECE millage in April 2022. “State Match” funds will support additional early childhood seats in Orleans Parish through June 30, 2024. This program also aims to expand access to high-quality early care and education for children, birth through age three, at high-quality early learning programs. These seats may be renewed for the 2024-25 programmatic year with additional state funding.

This application will allow eligible Orleans Parish early care and education programs to notify Agenda for Children of their interest in CCAP B-3 and/or ECEF seats. This application will be open from Friday, September 15, through Friday, September 29.

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Considerations + Requirements

See information about provider requirements, reimbursement rates, and more below:

CCAP B-3ECEF
Provider/License TypeOrleans Parish Type III or Family Child Care with Academic Approval

Must be licensed to serve infants and currently serving infants or plan to serve infants with allocated seats.
Orleans Parish Type III

Must be licensed to serve infants and currently serving infants or plan to serve infants with allocated seats.
Ages ServedInfants - 3 Years

Infants - 3 Years
HoursOffer full-time care (6 continuous hours per day, 5 days a week).Offer full-time care (6 continuous hours per day, 5 days a week).
Performance Profile RatingPossess a score of “Proficient” or higher on the 2022-2023 Performance Profile Rating.

If a site is new for the 2023-2024 Academic Year, a detailed explanation must be included in the site’s application outlining how the site plans to achieve a “Proficient” or higher Performance Profile Rating for 2023-2024 and why the site needs to participate in 2023-2024 CCAP B-3 Seats in its first year.
Possess a score of “Proficient” or higher on the 2022-2023 Performance Profile Rating.

If a site is new for the 2023-2024 Academic Year, a detailed explanation must be included in the site’s application outlining how the site plans to achieve a “Proficient” or higher Performance Profile Rating for 2023-2024 and why the site needs to participate in 2023-2024 ECEF in its first year.
CCAP CertificationPossess CCAP certificationPossess CCAP certification
Teacher CertificationLead Teachers must possess an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate (ECAC) or be enrolled in an ECAC program during the 2023-2024 school yearLead Teachers must possess an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate (ECAC) or be enrolled in an ECAC program during the 2023-2024 school year
Monthly Infant Rate*$1,578.33$2,083.33
Monthly 1 Year Old Rate*$975.00$2,083.33
Monthly 2 Year Old Rate*$975.00$2,083.33
Monthly 3 Year Old Rate*$889.17$1,250.00

*CCAP B-3 seat rates have been determined by the LDOE. ECEF rates have been determined by Agenda for Children.

City Seats Updated required ratios

In order to expand access to early childhood seats while early learning programs confront the workforce crisis, Agenda for Children will pilot a modification of the maximum allowable ratios for two year olds in the City Seats program, beginning October 1, 2023.

For the 2023-24 program year, the staff-to-child ratio for two-year-old classrooms will increase from a maximum of 1:4 (one teacher to four children) to a maximum of 1:6 (one teacher to six children), with a maximum classroom size of 12. All other age groups will remain the same (infants and one year olds = 1:4; three year olds = 1:8).

Age GroupCurrent Required Staff-to-Child RatioTrial Required Staff-to-Child Ratio
Infants1:41:4
One-Year-Olds1:41:4
Two-Year-Olds1:41:6
Three-Year-Olds1:81:8

This ratio adjustment is being made on a trial basis. If this adjustment results in diminished program quality and/or proves to not be in the best interest of children as determined by Agenda for Children, required ratios for the 2024-25 program year will revert to the previously established program standards (one to four for children ages 0-2 and one to eight for three year olds). The metrics we will use to evaluate the effectiveness of this policy will include (but are not limited to) CLASS scores and program compliance with outlined ratios.

Household Eligibility Requirements

Households whose earned income is no more than 85% of the State Median Income and provide proof of work or who provide proof of school/training, actively seeking employment, unearned income, or no income are eligible for CCAP B-3 and ECEF seats.

Note that due to LDOE requirements, there is more documentation required for families and children receiving CCAP B-3 and ECEF seats. This include but is not limited to:

  • Birth certificates for all children in the household
  • Multiple consecutive pay statements for families earning income (4 for CCAP B-3 and 2 for ECEF)

Program Administration

Agenda for Children will coordinate CCAP B-3 and ECEF seats for Orleans Parish and will contract directly with early learning programs to provide seats to eligible families, much like the local NOEEN City Seats program.

Selected early learning programs will be paid for each enrolled seat on a monthly pro-rata basis upon Agenda for Children’s receipt and verification of each site’s monthly accurate and timely attendance and verification reports for enrolled children.

Early learning programs should plan to support families with collecting and uploading relevant verification documentation to the enrollment system as requested to comply with administrative requirements and to maximize the number of eligible children who are served.

Due to eligibility requirements and the verification process, CCAP B-3 and ECEF seat placements will occur on a rolling basis throughout the fall. Equitable allocation decisions will be determined by Agenda for Children in consultation with the New Orleans Early Education Network (NOEEN) Steering Committee. If your site is awarded CCAP B-3 or ECEF seats, we expect announcements to be made beginning in October and on a rolling basis throughout the program year until all possible seats are occupied.

Support

All questions regarding this opportunity should be directed to cfr@noeen.org.

Support is available during our regularly scheduled hours of operation (M-F, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM).

Applicants may edit their submission at any time before the respective application due date. Once the application closes, edits will no longer be accepted. Contact CFR@noeen.org to make edits to your submitted application.

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