Superintendent's Memo #115-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 24, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Web-based Data Collection and Application Requirements for Fiscal Year 2010 (July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010)

The Virginia Preschool Initiative provides programs for at-risk four-year-old children that include quality preschool education, health services, social services, parental involvement, and transportation. Programs must provide services for the entire school year and must operate on a half-day or full-day schedule. Programs operating half-day will receive state funds prorated at 50 percent. For a new program in the first year of implementation only, a program operating less than a full school year will receive state funds on a fractional basis determined by the pro-rata portion of the school year the program is provided.

The program guidelines are available at the following website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/early_childhood/index.shtml.

Application and Data Submission

All eligible school divisions, regardless of participation, are required to complete the Web-based data collection and application for the Virginia Preschool Initiative. Please reference Attachment B of Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 052, dated March 5, 2009, for eligibility. Attachment B of Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 052 can be accessed at the following link: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2009/052-09b.pdf.

The eligibility and participation data and application will be submitted through the Department of Education’s Single Sign-On for Web Applications System (SSWS). Access to the application should be requested through the school division’s SSWS account manager. Instructions for the application are available in Attachment A. School divisions that are eligible and choose to participate will also submit budget and program summary information.

All eligible school divisions, regardless of participation, are required to fax a copy of the signed certification form to Cheryl Strobel at (804) 786-1703 by May 15, 2009.

Funding

It is anticipated that state funds for the program will be distributed based on an allocation formula providing the state share (based on each division’s composite index capped at 0.5000 in FY 2010) of $6,000 per child for 100 percent of the estimated unserved at-risk four-year-olds in each locality as projected by the Department of Education.

The projected local distribution of state funds for each locality for school year 2009-2010 is included in the “Budget Calculator” section of the application. This section provides the estimated formula-driven entitlement available to each locality. If the locality chooses to serve fewer children than the total number allocated by formula, insert the local projected number of children to be served in the calculator in the “Local Projection” fields. The projected state and local shares of cost will automatically be recomputed for your information.

If you have program questions, please contact Cheryl Strobel, associate director of early childhood education, at (804) 371-7578 or Cheryl.Strobel@doe.virginia.gov. Budget questions should be directed to Brian Logwood, budget director, at (804) 225-2025 or Brian.Logwood@doe.virginia.gov.

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Attachment:

a. Instructions for Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) Data Collection and Application Requirements for 2009-2010 (PDF)