Early Childhood Block Grant
CSFA Number: 586-44-2222
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Jenny Metcalf
Short Description
To implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs that reach and serve 3 to 5-year-old children in high-need communities and include a full school day of instruction and comprehensive services in the areas of medical, dental and mental health. This includes targeted supports around family engagement, instructional practices and positive behavioral and social-emotional development, including a family educator, instructional leader, and mental health consultation.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
105 ILCS 5/1C-2; 105 ILCS 5/2-3.71 and 2-3.71a
Objectives and Goals
The goal of the Preschool for All Expansion program is to provide high-quality preschool programs that reach and serve 3 to 5 year-old children in high-need communities and include a full school day of instruction and comprehensive services in the areas of medical, dental and mental health.

Goal 1: Illinois’ neediest children will be identified and served.
Goal 2: Preschool children will show gains in all developmental areas, including literacy,
cognitive, social, and emotional development.
Goal 3: Families will be involved in their children’s educational process and will gain knowledge and skills in parenting.
Goal 4: Children and families will receive all services needed through a seamless and unduplicated system.
Goal 5: Staff will have the knowledge and skills needed to assist children in reaching their full
potential as learners.
Goal 6: Staff will continue to gain skills and knowledge, based on current research and best
practices, to improve outcomes for children and families.
Goal 7: The program evaluation will provide critical data and information that is used for
continuous program improvement.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Grant funds may be used for expenditures directly related to the delivery of the proposed Preschool for All program, including salaries, benefits, professional development, supplies and materials, and necessary equipment. Institutions of Higher Education that receive a state award or federal pass-through award for a grant program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education will be restricted to a maximum indirect rate of 8% or other indirect cost rate calculated by their cognizant federal agency, whichever is less, pursuant to an exception to the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and GATA approved by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
Eligibility Requirements
Public school districts, university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), charter schools, area vocational centers, and public or private not-for-profit or for-profit entities with experience in providing educational, health, social, and/or child development services to young children and their families.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Eligible applicants complete a proposal through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process. A review committee evaluates the proposals according to the criteria in the RFP. Entities that are successful are awarded the grant for one year and are eligible to renew annually for four additional years through a continuation application. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and substantial progress by the grantee.
Assistance Consideration
Post Assistance Requirements
All Preschool for All grantees must submit to the ISBE Student Information System (SIS) Early Childhood Data (enroll and exit each Preschool for All 3- to 5-year-old student in SIS), Student Health Data – Immunization, Employment Information System (EIS) Teacher, Administrator, and Other School Personnel Data and cumulative expenditure reports quarterly and a final completion report. Each program is monitored on site at least once every four years to determine the extent to which it is complying with all operational requirements and to assess the quality of the developmental and/or educational components offered. Each program receives a monitoring report with the results. Using those results, the program completes a continuous quality improvement plan addressing operational compliance and a continuous quality improvement plan addressing the quality assessment
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
105 ILCS 5/1C-2; 105 ILCS 5/2-3.71 and 2-3.71a: 23 Illinois Administrative Code 235 34 CFR 76.561; 44 Ill. Adm. Code
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2021 : $8,775,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details21-3705-PENot Applicable01/22/2020 - 04/15/2020 : 4 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
50082189022-3705(PE)East St Louis SD 18907/01/201908/31/20206,004,538
33000000000-3705(PE)Henderson/Knox/Mercer/Warren ROE07/01/201908/31/20201,658,738
07016144002-3705(PE)Prairie-Hills ESD 14407/01/201908/31/20201,512,040
65108016051-3705(PE)The Center Resources Teach&Learn07/01/201908/31/20201,364,035
04101205025-3705(PE)Rockford SD 20507/01/201908/31/20201,121,040