ISBE Releases FY21 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) / Request for Proposals (RFP)

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released a Notice of of Opportunity (NOFO)/Request for Proposals (RFP) for Fiscal Year 2021 Preschool for All (PFA), Preschool for All Expansion (PFAE), and Prevention Initiative (PI). Proposals will be due in the ISBE offices no later than 4 p.m. March 23, 2020. Information and applications are available on ISBE’s RFP Information page. Questions can be emailed to earlychi@isbe.net.

Chicago-based programs are not included in this NOFO/RFP. A separate appropriation has been awarded to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the initiatives funded under the Early Childhood Block Grant Preschool for All, Preschool for All Expansion, and Prevention Initiative programs. Applicants proposing to provide services for children and families in the city of Chicago must apply for funds through CPS. More information can be found on the CPS Early Learning webpage.

In addition, it is important to note that existing grantees do not need to complete an RFP to maintain current funding. However, grantees may apply for additional slots by submitting an application.

This year, licensed family child care homes are eligible to apply in joint applications with an administrative agent from a LEA or other early childhood agency. Also new this year: funding can be used to meet the new requirement that staff in community-based programs must receive compensation on par with what they would make working for the local school district.

According to the technical assistance webinars posted on ISBE’s RFP information page, funding awarded for FY21 will be as follows:

  • $4,000 per child for PFA
  • $9,000 per child for PFAE
  • $14,570 per child for PI Center Based
  • $5,182 per child for PI Home Visiting.

The Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map houses data applicants can use to communicate early childhood needs in their service area on their application. In addition, the IECAM website has resources to help applicants gather this data and locate potential collaborative partners.