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Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Communities for Kids Plus (C4K+)

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility Information and FAQ:

Q. Which communities are being offered these opportunities?  
A. These opportunities are being extended to communities where there is already an initiative in place through Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.  Other communities are not currently eligible for this opportunity—however—through the PDG grant, we will be expanding our Communities for Kids initiative to 10 new communities in 2021.

Q. What happens to the projects when the PDG is over?  
A. The PDG opportunities are short term, deep-dive projects for your community to make a major impact in expanding the early childhood landscape in Nebraska.  All contracts are contingent upon receipt of federal funds. Year one funding is guaranteed. Year two and three funding are not guaranteed and will be contingent upon congressional approval. Therefore, it will be important to leverage funds and develop a plan in your community to sustain developed programs and positions. 

Financial and Contract Information and Questions

Q. What source was used to define population for the funding tiers? 
A. We utilized census data from http://data.census.gov

Q. What will the grant period be?  
A. The initial contract will be October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021. The subsequent years are expected to be October 1 through September 30.  

Q. Can public funds be braided with these funds? 
A. Yes! We highly encourage braided funding with all these opportunities. It will be important to begin conversations from the start about how these programs can be sustained after the PDG funding ends. Nebraska Children is requiring 10% leveraged funds for the Early Childhood Community Coordinator opportunity. 

Q. What leveraged funds will be required for each community?
A. 10% leveraged funding is required. Leveraged funds can include in-kind supports such as office supplies, use of office space, or fiscal agent time. Monetary/cash supports can also be used to support the position and meet the 10% requirement.  

Q. Can a community request a certain amount in the first year and increase if needed in the subsequent years? 
A. It is expected that the same amount will be contracted each year for the Early Childhood Community Coordinator position. There will be more flexibility with the other opportunities (the Quality and Capacity Building, Early Learning Scholarships, and Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Provider Support Initiative). 

Q. Can a community request a certain amount in the first year and increase if needed in the subsequent years?  
A. It is expected that the same amount will be contracted each year for the Early Childhood Community Coordinator position. There will be more flexibility with the other opportunities (the Quality and Capacity Building, Early Learning Scholarships, and Spanish/Bilingual Initiative). 

Q. What is the expected turn-around time for expense reimbursement? 
A. Once a month reporting will be required and when all required documentation is submitted with an invoice, the expected turnaround time will be approximately 30 days.  

General Questions

Q. It appears there are only funding tiers shown for the ECCC. What are the funding amounts for the other opportunities?  
A. The funding amounts for the other C4K+ opportunities will be extended as offers to communities. The amount of funding will be based on population, opportunity, and discussion with each community. More detailed information about each opportunity is currently being developed.

Q. How much of the ECCC funds need to go toward salary/benefits? 
A. A minimum of 75% must go toward salary and benefits/taxes for the coordinator(s).

Q. If our community participates in the Early Learning Scholarships, Quality and Capacity Building, or Spanish Speaking/Bilingual Initiative opportunities, could the money reimbursed from those opportunities also contribute to the salary of the ECCC?  
A. Funds for the Early Learning Scholarships and the Quality and Capacity Building opportunity should not include salary for the ECCC as the intent of those opportunities is to make a direct impact for child care providers and families. The Spanish Speaking/Bilingual Initiative may include salary if it is justifiable. 

Q. If we define our communities one way for the opportunities this year, can we shift who is involved in years 2 or 3?
A. The dollar amount for the Early Childhood Community Coordinator will be fixed based on the tier of funding that is part of the initial proposal.  If the community determines that its initial partnership could be enhanced or changed to better meet the early childhood needs for additional communities, change could be made to the overall structure, however, funding amount will not be changed.  If a community requests to reduce the area, an assessment of population with be made and amount may be adjusted to a lower tier of funding. 

Q. For the Spanish-Speaking/Bilingual Provider Support Initiative, would these dollars be able to fund a language other than Spanish? 
A. This opportunity only applies to the Spanish-speaking population. It is possible that we may look at other languages in the future through different funding sources.