Early Childhood Block Grant
CSFA Number: 586-18-0520
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Penelope Smith and Tamara Sanders-Carter
pesmith@isbe.net and tasander@isbe.net
Short Description
To provide funds for intensive, research-based, and comprehensive child development and family support services for expectant parents and families with children from birth to age 3 to help them build a strong foundation for learning and to prepare children for later school success.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
105 ILCS 5/1C-2; 105 ILCS 5/2-3.89 and 2-3.71a
Objectives and Goals
Improving parenting skills and knowledge of child development; increasing education goals of parents/caregivers; improving parent/caregiver ability to access community and health resources; connecting a high percentage of children most at risk of school failure with high-quality early learning and development programs are among goals of the program.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Grant funds may be used for expenditures directly related to the delivery of the proposed Prevention Initiative program, including salaries, benefits, professional development, supplies and materials, and necessary equipment. No more than 5 percent of the total grant award may be used for administrative and general expenses not directly attributed to program activities, except that a higher limit not to exceed 10 percent may be negotiated with an applicant that has provided evidence that the excess administrative expenses are beyond its control and that it has exhausted all available and reasonable remedies to comply with the limitation.

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 are eligible.
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 Prevention Initiative grantees must submit to ISBE Student Information System (SIS) Birth to 3 and Caregiver Demographic Data (enroll and exit each Birth to 3 child in SIS), 0-3 Prevention Initiative - Parent Questionnaire, 0-3 Prevention Initiative - Outcomes Questionnaire, 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 5/2-3.89 and 2-3.71a; 23 Illinois Administrative Code 235

34 CFR 76.561; 44 Ill. Adm. Code 7000.40
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $39,795,538
FY 2018 : $70,816,924
FY 2019 : $75,302,662
FY 2020 : $116,695,994
FY 2021 : $13,000,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details18-3705Not Applicable10/10/2017 - 11/29/2017 : 4:00 PM
Details19-3705-01Not Applicable11/29/2017 - 02/09/2018 : 4:00 pm
Details20-3705-01Not Applicable04/11/2019 - 06/10/2019 : 4 PM
Details21-3705-01Not Applicable01/22/2020 - 04/15/2020 : 4 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
15016299025-3705(01)City of Chicago SD 29907/01/201908/31/202040,236,619
65108504551-3705(01)Easter Seal Society Metro Chgo07/19/201908/31/20204,805,412
15016780P00-3705(01)IL Action for Children07/01/201908/31/20202,433,120
15016335P00-3705(01)Ounce of Prevention Fund07/01/201908/31/20202,341,783
50082022P00-3705(01)Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood07/31/201908/31/20201,878,175