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Smart Start Public Preschool Expansion

 
Smart Start was created during the 2014 legislative session with the intent of expanding preschool statewide in public school settings. This is competitive grant funding; eligible public schools are those that meet unmet need criteria as defined by the Office of Early Childhood.
Bidder's Conference

A bidder’s conference will be held on Wednesday, August 17th in room 307A of the State Office Building located at 165 Capitol Ave. in Hartford.  Please RVSP to andrea.brinnel@ct.gov if you are interested in attending so your name can be left with security for parking.


Request for Proposal (RFP)
 
LEAs interested in applying for state bond funds for the purpose of capital projects and operational costs must submit a completed proposal to the Office of Early Childhood no later than October 28, 2016 at 4pm. Proposals will be reviewed by the Office of Early Childhood. Proposals deemed acceptable by the Office of Early Childhood will be brought before the state bonding commission for approval. Proposers will be notified in writing by the Office of Early Childhood of the final determination of their proposal.


 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Press Releases
 
2016 Smart Start Awards:
                
 
Classrooms
Students 
Capital Improvement Funding 
(State Bond Funds)
Operations Funding 
(Tobacco Settlement Fund)
Ansonia
1
15
$75,000
$0
Clinton
1
15
$75,000
$75,000
Coventry
1
15
$75,000
$75,000
Cromwell
2
15
 $75,000
$75,000
Derby
2
30
$150,000
$150,000
New London
4
60
$300,000
$300,000
Plainville
1
15
$18,405
$74,073
Wallingford
2
30
$150,000
$150,000
West Hartford
4
60
$300,000
$0
Total
17 classrooms 
255 children
$1,218,405
$899,073


* indicates community that received a Smart Start award



2015 Smart Start Awards:
 
 
Classrooms
Students 
Capital Improvement Funding 
(State Bond Funds)
Operations Funding 
(Tobacco Settlement Fund)
Ansonia 
1
15
$0
$75,000
Bridgeport
4
60
$164,000
$300,000
Clinton
1
15
$75,000
$75,000
Coventry
2
30
$150,000
$150,000
East Hartford
2
30
 $150,000
$150,000
East Haven
2
30
$148,055
$150,000
Enfield
2
26
$150,000
$130,000
Killingly
1
15
$75,000
$75,000
Norwich
1
15
$75,000
$75,000
Plainfield
1
15
$75,000
$75,000
Stamford
1
15
$75,000
$75,000
Wallingford
2
30
$150,000
$150,000
West Hartford
4
60
$0
$293,350
Windsor
4
60
$300,000
$300,000
Total
28 classrooms 
416 children
$1,587,055
$2,073,350

Proposals Received:
 
 
* indicates community that received a Smart Start award
 
Determining Unmet Need
The Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) conducted a statewide unmet needs assessment to determine the unmet need for each community. Communities identified by CHEFA as having an unmet need, or communities that are able to successfully demonstrate unmet need, will be eligible to apply for funding through Smart Start. The list of communities identified by CHEFA as having an unmet need can be found on page 36 of the Request for Proposals
 
Communities not identified as having an unmet need as a result of the statewide needs assessment, but are able demonstrate an unmet need, may apply for this grant. Any LEA not found to have an unmet need based on the statewide needs assessment must submit a justification with supporting documentation demonstrating unmet need. Evidence of need requires significant documentation as well as a statement by the Chief Elected Official and Superintendent of Schools about the unmet need.
Available Funding
The following funding is available to eligible communities through Smart Start:
 
 

Capital Grants for Classroom Renovations
State Bond Funds

Annual grant amounts for capital
expenses shall not exceed $75,000
per classroom.


Operational Costs
Tobacco Settlement Fund


Grant amounts shall not exceed $5,000 per
child or $75,000 for each preschool classroom,
provided the annual operating grant is not more
than $300,000. Each local or regional board is
eligible for such grants for five years.

 


  Year One:
  (Academic Year 2014-2015)
 
 $15 million $0

  Year 2 Through 10:

 (Academic Years 2015-2016   
  Through 2023-2024)
 
 $10 million $10 million

  Final Year: Year 11

  (Academic Year 2024-2025)
 
 $0  $10 million
  Total $105 million $100 million
 
 
Information for Grantees
 
Project Manager:  Andrea Brinnel, (860) 713-6771, andrea.brinnel@ct.gov




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