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Competitive grant funding available: 2013-2014 Preschool Transition Education Training
Texas Education Agency

February, 2013

Request for Application # 701-13-103

                                    2013-2014 Preschool Transition Education Training

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications under request for application (RFA) # 701-13-103, Preschool Transition Education Training.

Eligible Applicants

A nonprofit, for profit, Regional Education Service Center (ESC), or Institution of Higher Education (IHE).

Purpose of Program

This purpose of this program is to select a provider to administer statewide and targeted training for parents of preschool children with disabilities.  Training purpose is to educate parents about their children’s disabilities and to provide strategies to assist their children. Training should include strategies for the transition of students from Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) to Programs for Preschool Children with Disabilities (PPCD) to kindergarten. A gap has been identified in services to families of children with disabilities related to:

·         parent education about their children's disabilities;

·         strategies for assisting their children in the home and community environment

·         strategies to navigate the complex, and varied sets of services, organizations, funding mechanisms, eligibility criteria, enrollment and exiting processes designed to provide students with disabilities the skills, knowledge and abilities to succeed in the early childhood through kindergarten entry environment.

Project Funding

Approximately $1,000,000

Project Period

July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014 project period

Selection Criteria

Applications will be selected based on the independent reviewers' assessment of each applicant's ability to carry out all requirements contained in the RFA. Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the overall quality and validity of the proposed grant programs and the extent to which the applications address the primary objectives and intent of the project. Applications must address each requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding. TEA reserves the right to select from the highest-ranking applications those that address all requirements in the RFA and that are most advantageous to the project.

TEA is not obligated to approve an application, provide funds, or endorse any application submitted in response to this RFA. This RFA does not commit TEA to pay any costs before an application is approved. The issuance of this RFA does not obligate TEA to award a grant or pay any costs incurred in preparing a response.

How to Apply

Paper: This RFA is in paper format. It must be downloaded, completed on the applicant’s computer desktop, printed, and submitted by mail or hand delivery. The complete RFA is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page at for viewing and downloading. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and Support Information” section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Questions relevant to the RFA may be sent to Howard Morrison at prior to March 7, 2013. These questions along with other information will be addressed in the presentation. The conference will be open to all potential applicants and will provide prospective applicants an opportunity to receive general and clarifying information about the program and RFA.

Reporting Requirements

LEAs that are awarded grants are responsible for meeting all required deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines may result in loss of funds and could cause the LEA to be identified as “high risk.”

The reporting requirements for this grant are posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website at In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Critical Events” to view all reporting deadlines that pertain to this grant.

For Further Information

In order to assure that no prospective applicant may obtain a competitive advantage because of acquisition of information unknown to other prospective applicants, any and all questions pertaining to the RFA must be submitted in writing to the TEA contact person listed on the TEA Grant Opportunities website. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Contact Information.”

Copies of the questions and the written answers thereto will be posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website in the format of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Application and Support Information” to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications

Paper: Four copies of the application, with an original signature on Schedule #1—General Information on three of the copies (blue ink preferred), must be received 5:00 p.m. Central Time, March 21, 2013, to be eligible to be considered for funding. Send the application to the following address:

Document Control Center

Division of Grants Administration

Texas Education Agency, William B. Travis Building

1701 North Congress Avenue

Austin TX 78701-1494


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