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Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Grant Program

Assembly Bill 1808, the Education Finance: Education Omnibus Trailer Bill was approved by the Governor and Chaptered on June 27, 2018. This bill appropriated $100,000,000 in General Fund dollars from the 2018/2019 fiscal year to the State Allocation Board (SAB) to provide one-time grants to school districts to construct new school facilities or retrofit existing school facilities for the purpose of providing full-day kindergarten classrooms. A “full-day kindergarten classroom,” for purposes of this program, must satisfy the design requirements required for new kindergarten classrooms as specified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (h) of Section 14030 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR).

The program establishes eligibility requirements for a school district to receive a grant, including that the school district provides 50 percent of the cost of a new construction project and 40 percent of the cost of a retrofit project. The program requires a school district that is awarded a grant pursuant to these provisions to use grant funds only for specified costs.

Per statute, all program funds must be encumbered by the SAB by June 30, 2021.

At the October 24, 2018 SAB meeting, the SAB approved regulations, forms and the Grant Agreement for administration of the program. These items are currently moving through the administrative law process.

Cycle Dates

The following amount of funding will be available to applicants for the FDKFGP:

 

Funds Deposited into the Full-Day Kindergarten Facilities Account

$100.0

Less: DGS Administrative Costs

2.5

Funding Available for FDKFGP Applications

$ 97.5

 

The SAB approved $97.5 million be made available for FDKFGP applications that will be split between two rounds in the following manner:

 

Application Submittal Filing Rounds

Available Funds

First Round: January 2, 2019 - January 31, 2019

$37.5

Second Round: May 1, 2019 – May 30, 2019

$60.0

 

Resources (to be published after OAL approval)

-       Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF) - Contains common questions about FDKFGP.

-       FDKFGP Regulations

Forms (to be published after OAL approval)

-       Application for Funding (Form SAB 70-01)

-       Fund Release Authorization (Form SAB 70-02)

-       Expenditure Report (Form SAB 70-03)

 

Eligibility

Pursuant to FDKFGP statute, school districts currently serving Kindergarten pupils that would like to offer full-day kindergarten may apply for funding. County offices of education, local education agencies, charter schools, joint powers of authority, and the State Department of Education, may not apply for the Full-Day Kindergarten grant. Projects submitted by school districts are eligible for funding if they meet the following requirements:

a)    School districts have or will have school board approval to provide full-day kindergarten

b)    School districts must lack the facilities to appropriately provide full-day kindergarten

Per Education Code Section 17375(b)(1), grants will only be awarded to school districts that lack the facilities to provide full-day kindergarten or lack the facilities that satisfy the design requirements required for new kindergarten classrooms as specified by California Code of Regulations Section 14030(h)(2). For the purposes of determining classroom capacity, each kindergarten classroom will be loaded pursuant to State loading standards at 25 pupils. If the school site in the application has kindergarten classrooms that currently house more than 25 pupils in a kindergarten classroom (for example, AM and PM kindergarten classes in the same classroom), then they may be eligible for the FDKFGP funding.

For more detailed information on program eligibility refer to FDKFGP Regulation Section 1860.5.

 

Funding

Type of funding available

-          New Construction

o   Projects may consist of the construction of a new facility or the acquisition and conversion of an existing building for public school use. Projects must be on or adjacent to an existing school site.

-          New Construction with Advance

o   Projects may apply for an advance of funds if they do not have all required documents at the time of the submittal of Application for Funding (Form SAB 70-01)

-          Retrofit

o   A construction project to retrofit an existing school facility to adequately house full-day kindergarten pupils.

-          Retrofit with Advance

o   Projects may apply for an advance of funds if they do not have all required documents at the time of the submittal of Application for Funding (Form SAB 70-01)

-          The base grant may be increased by the following additional grants supported by the project.

New Construction

Retrofit

Site Acquisition

Automatic fire detection/alarm system

Hazardous waste removal

Site Development

Automatic fire detection/alarm system.

50-year old utilities

Automatic sprinkler system

Project Assistance

Site Development

 

Multilevel classroom construction

Project assistance

 

Application Submittal

-       All school districts applying for FDKFGP funding must include the following documents:

o   Narrative of the proposed project, which should include:

§  Total number of current kindergarten classrooms

§  Date the contract(s) for the project was awarded

§  Total number of classrooms on the site at the completion of the project

§  Total number of kindergarten classrooms that will be used for full day kindergarten instruction after the project is completed

o   Current kindergarten enrollment at the site, prior to project completion, i.e.

§  CBEDS

§  Registration documents for the school site

§  Classroom attendance rosters for the school site

o   Site map

-       The documents listed above must be submitted with Application for Funding (Form SAB 70-01).

For a more detailed description of all required documents for all applications types, please refer to the Specific Instructions on the Application for Funding (Form SAB 70-01).

 

Fiscal Reporting

A school district that has received funds in accordance with the program must submit a valid Expenditure Report (Form SAB 70-03) at the completion of the project. A project is considered complete when either of the following occurs: 1) When the notice of completion has been filed; all outstanding invoices, claims, and change orders have been satisfied and the facility is currently in use by the school district, or; 2) One year from the final fund release. A final savings report shall be due one year after the first expenditure report. OPSC will use the information provided on and with the 70-03 to ensure that expenditures made by the school districts for FDKFGP projects comply with program statute and other applicable State requirements pertaining to construction.

Contacts

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