State or Federal?
The California Department of Education (CDE), Early Education and Support Division (EESD) is accepting applications from county or regional consortia to support local early learning QRIS programs and increase the number of low-income children in high quality state preschool programs, thus preparing these children for success in school and life.

Funding in the amount of $50 million will be allocated for the CSPP QRIS Block Grant for 15 months from July 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018. Applicants awarded a CSPP QRIS Block Grant may receive a 15-month grant, subject to semi-annual fiscal reporting.
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, K-12 School Districts, K-12 Schools, Local Public Agencies, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies. Applicants must be a part of a local QRIS consortium. The Consortia must implement a QRIS incorporating the Quality Continuum Framework, use a shared Tiered Rating Matrix, and set targets to improve the quality of state preschool programs.

An authorized agent is eligible to submit an application as the lead agency for the consortium in which he/she is a participant. If there are joint applicants, one must be an authorized agent. All lead agencies with an existing 2016–17 CSPP QRIS Block Grant award or 2015–17 Infant/Toddler (I/T) QRIS Block Grant and who have maintained a good standing status are eligible to apply for the 2017–18 CSPP–CMIG QRIS Block Grant as a fundable applicant. Lead agencies who are not in good standing will not be considered; however, the consortium may apply with another authorized agent in good standing.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jan 08, 2018
Due Date Notes
A letter of intent is mandatory and due on December 1, 2017 before midnight.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Nov 13, 2017
Preliminary Items
A letter of intent is mandatory and due on December 1, 2017 before midnight.

EESD hosted a webinar on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 to provide an overview of the RFA.
Match Required?
California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the Executive Director of the State Board of Education, allocates CSPP QRIS Block Grant funds to local consortia based on the number of CSPP slots within the county or region who meet the requirements of this grant.

There is no minimum or maximum grant amount for each grantee. The consortium grant amount may also vary from year to year based on the number of CSPP slots, CMIG attendance, and approved applicants.
Further Information
Submit all RFA questions via e-mail to the CSPP–CMIG QRIS Block Grant e-mail box at

Program and Fiscal Contact:
Kim Taniguchi
Link to Further Information
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