P.O. BOX 2120



January 31, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Preschool Pilot Grants


To expand access to high quality preschool for currently unserved four-year-olds, the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources are pleased to announce a Preschool Pilot Grant opportunity. Subject to appropriation by the 2007 General Assembly, six communities will be awarded one-year pilot grants for the period of July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008. The pilots will test strategies or models of high-quality preschool network delivery. The pilots will build on the strengths of existing programs, but will address the barriers to serving all eligible children. The pilots will focus on increasing the quality, consistency, and strength of Virginias preschool network, while also increasing access to students who will benefit the most from school readiness services.


Each community pilot may receive an average of approximately $120,000 for start-up costs and an average of approximately $650,000 for the state share of per pupil funding. Each awarded community will serve up to approximately 200 four-year-old students not currently served by a publicly-funded preschool program. The pilot grants are competitive and awarded on a one-time basis. Applicants must demonstrate their readiness to begin activities immediately upon award notification with the goal of enrolling the additional students for the 2007-2008 academic year.


The applying agency must be a school division, city or county government, or local department of social services. Localities are encouraged to consider multi-jurisdictional applications, where appropriate, to facilitate regional planning and delivery.


Technical Assistance Opportunities


Two technical assistance pre-proposal opportunities are available to entities that may be interested in applying for a grant, one as an audio-conference and one as an on-site meeting. Attachment A contains a pre-registration form for both the audio-conference and the on-site meeting.


February 13, 2007 Pre-Proposal Audio-Conference

1 2:30 p.m.

Toll Free Phone Number: 1-800-337-3137

Pass Code: 3925#


February 16, 2007 Pre-Proposal On-site Meeting

1 3 p.m.

Childrens Museum of Richmond

2626 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220

Phone: (804) 474-2667

Directions are available at:


Grant Application Package


The grant application package and budget worksheet are available at the following website: Completed applications must be received by the Department of Education by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2007. Faxed copies will not be accepted. Grant recipients will be selected by April 15, 2007. The number and amount of grants awarded in FY 2008 is contingent on the appropriation of funds in FY 2008 by the 2007 General Assembly. Funding would be available July 1, 2007.


Completed applications must be received at the following address by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2007:


Barbara Young

Preschool Pilot Grant Applications

Virginia Department of Education

James Monroe Building, 24th Floor

101 N. 14th Street

Richmond, VA 23219


If you have additional questions or need assistance with the grant application, please contact Kendall Tyree, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Education in Governor Kaines office, at (804) 692-2550 or