Special Education-Grants for Infants and Families - Early Intervention - Child and Family Connections
CSFA Number: 444-80-0190
Agency Name
Department Of Human Services (444)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Ann Freiburg
Short Description
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Family and Community Services (FCS), Bureau of Early Intervention's (EI) mission is to enhance the development of all eligible infants and toddlers under 36-months old with developmental delays and/or developmental disabilities and to maximize families’ abilities to enhance their children’s learning and development. The need of the State is to implement a statewide, locally-based, comprehensive, coordinated, interdisciplinary, interagency, EI Program for all eligible infants and toddlers. EI is a statewide program that evaluates and assesses infants and toddlers and provides EI services for those who have a disability, a 30-percent developmental delay in any childhood domain, or who are at risk of substantial developmental delays. Children and families access EI services through one of 25 Child and Family Connections (CFC) offices. CFC offices are the regional intake entities defined in Early Intervention Services System Act, state statute 325 ILCS 20 and rule, 89 IL Admin Code 500, as IDHS's designated entity responsible for implementation of the EI Program within its designated geographic area. IDHS is required to designate regional intake entities to accomplish a consistent system intake, service delivery, and coordination throughout the State.
Subject Area
Human Services
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C 34 CFR 303 and the state Early Intervention Services System Act (325 ILCS 20/).
Objectives and Goals
To evaluate and assess infants and toddlers under 36 months and provide appropriate EI services to the child and family. Enhance the development of infants and toddlers with developmental delays and/or disabilities and enhance the capacity of families to meet their child's needs.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Support for Part C EI CFC regional intake entities: IDHS authorizes funding to each successful awardee for the establishment of an EI CFC office within a designated geographic region. Funding is provided to each entity in accordance with an established system of performance measures based on case load and other pre-defined incentives and penalties. All costs incurred to meet the deliverables set forth in the grant agreement are reimbursable, based on a prior approved budget, unless prohibited or defined as unallowable in the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (30 ILCS 708/), the related regulations set forth in 44 Ill. Admin. Code, Part 7000, and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200 et seq.)
Eligibility Requirements
There are no regulatory or statutory restrictions relating to the legal organization structure (i.e. not-for-profit corporation, local government, for profit, etc.) for regional intake entity organizations/CFC offices.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations; Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Prior to IDHS accepting a grant application, all potential grantees (initial award and renewal candidates) must 1) have a current DUNS number; 2) have a current SAM cage code; 3) Register in the GATA system; 4) register with the Secretary of State (does not apply to governmental entities and schools), and; 5) complete the Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ) on the GATA system. All potential grantees (initial award and renewal candidates) must apply each grant period to be eligible for funding. Renewal applications and Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) requirements can be found at the IDHS website. All awards are initially established based on a review of a properly prepared proposal submitted in response to a NOFO and subjected to a merit base review process. The applicant/candidate with the highest merit-based review score receives the award. Subsequent renewals are based on the terms of the initial NOFO and as defined in the terms of the grant agreement. All appeals to NOFOs and related processes are subject to an established appeals procedure and are to be initially submitted to the IDHS Chief Accountability Officer (CAO).
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
The grantee shall submit a Periodic Financial Report monthly in the format required by the grantor. The grantee shall submit a financial Close-Out report within 60-calendar days following the end of the period of performance of the grant agreement. The grantee shall submit a Consolidated Year-End Financial Report and, if applicable, an Audit Report within timeframes dependent upon the type of external audit performed (Single Audit, nine (9) months, all others, six (6) months). The grantee will submit a quarterly Periodic Performance Report in the format required by the grantor. The grantee will submit a Close-Out Performance Report in the format required by the grantor within 60 calendar days following the end of the period of performance. The grantee will submit reports to the Bureau as set forth in the CFC Procedure Manual including: service delays and late transition referrals; Service Coordination Caseload; and Family Fee Delinquency Activity. The grantee shall submit annually an Local Interagency Council (LIC) Report to include newly established collaborative agreements within their community, address service delays including recruitment of new providers to fill gaps, provide local needs assessments, and child find activities. The grantee shall submit a Nepotism Plan annually and when changes occur. The grantee shall participate in routine monitoring and technical assistance activities as required by IDHS, including on-site monitoring, data collection and reporting obligations, record reviews, financial audits, complaint investigations, and consumer satisfaction surveys. Records shall be maintained for a period of at least six years from the child's discharge from EI, unless legal action is pending. If legal action is pending, the records shall be maintained in compliance with instructions from the Part C Coordinator.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
The CFC shall comply with expectations listed in the CFC Procedure Manual,the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), specifically the Security Rule and the HIPAA Transactions and Code Sets Rule, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, and the confidentiality responsibilities pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 617(c) and 642, as amended, 20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq., and Part C regulations in 34 CFR 303.401-303.417, all in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g and 34 CFR Part 99;

The vendor is required to act in accordance with all state and federal statutes, guidelines, procedures, rules, regulations, and executive orders applicable to the provision of services.

The vendor is subject to the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (30 ILCS 708/), the related regulations set forth in 44 Ill. Admin. Code, Part 7000, and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR 200 et seq.)
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $264,835,356
FY 2018 : $276,691,900
FY 2019 : $276,691,900
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details19-444-80-0190-01Not Applicable07/24/2018 - 08/24/2018 : 12:00 pm
Details20-444-80-0190-01Not Applicable03/04/2019 - 04/05/2019 : 12:00pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
FCSYO05147-FCSYO05147Rush University Medical Center07/01/201906/30/20205,019,606
FCSYO05151-FCSYO05151SERVICE OF WILL GRUNDY & KANKAKEE COUNTIES INC07/01/201906/30/20203,186,788
FCSYO05148-FCSYO05148EASTER SEALS METROPOLITAN07/01/201906/30/20202,802,086
FCSYO05141-FCSYO05141DAYONE PACT07/01/201906/30/20202,699,597