Early Childhood Block Grant
CSFA Number: 586-18-0868
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Jenny Metcalf
Short Description
To provide at least 12.5 hours weekly of high-quality preschool, including comprehensive developmental screening, bachelors-level early childhood licensed teachers, and standards-aligned research-based curriculum to provide children with a foundation of knowledge and skills that allows them to be successful throughout their school experience.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
105 ILCS 5/1C-2; 105 ILCS 5/2-3.71 and 2-3.71a
Objectives and Goals
Improving instruction in early learning and development programs; increasing quality of early learning classroom environments; connecting a high percentage of children most at risk of school failure with high-quality early learning and development programs; and increasing the percentage of children who enter kindergarten fully ready are among the 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 Preschool for All 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 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 7000.40
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $174,572,958
FY 2018 : $349,545,975
FY 2019 : $222,196,185
FY 2021 : $20,475,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details18-3705-PENot Applicable08/02/2017 - 10/13/2017 : 4:00pm
Details19-3705-PENot Applicable11/01/2017 - 01/31/2018 : 4:00 pm
Details19-3705-00Not Applicable11/01/2017 - 01/31/2018 : 4:00 pm
Details20-3705-00$0 - $004/11/2019 - 06/10/2019 : 4 PM
Details20-3705-PENot Applicable04/11/2019 - 06/10/2019 : 4 PM
Details21-3705-00Not Applicable01/22/2020 - 04/15/2020 : 4 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
15016299025-3705(00)City of Chicago SD 29907/01/201908/31/2020160,946,478
04101205025-3705(00)Rockford SD 20507/01/201908/31/20208,993,261
30039186026-3705(00)Murphysboro CUSD 18607/01/201908/31/20204,006,284
34049060026-3705(00)Waukegan CUSD 6007/01/201906/30/20203,576,461
15016780P00-3705(00)IL Action for Children07/01/201908/31/20203,511,565