Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program

Posted by on March 4, 2005

Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program
(Federal Register: February 7, 2005 [CFDA# 84.349A])

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development (ECEPD) program is to enhance the school readiness of young children, particularly disadvantaged young children, & to prevent them from encountering difficulties once they enter school, by improving the knowledge & skills of early childhood educators who work in communities that have high concentrations of children living in poverty.

Applications Available: February 7, 2005.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 22, 2005.
Eligible Applicants: A partnership consisting of at least one entity from each of the following categories, as indicated: (i) One or more institutions of higher education, or other public or private entities (including faith-based organizations), that provide professional development for early childhood educators who work with children from low-income families in high-need communities. (ii) One or more public agencies (including local educational agencies, State educational agencies, State human services agencies, & State & local agencies administering programs under the Child Care & Development Block Grant Act of 1990), Head Start agencies, or private organizations (including faith-based organizations). (iii) If feasible, an entity with demonstrated experience in providing training to educators in early childhood education programs concerning identifying & preventing behavior problems or working with children identified as or suspected to be victims of abuse. This entity may be one of the partners described in paragraphs (i) & (ii) under Eligible Applicants. A partnership may apply for these funds only if one of the partners currently provides professional development for early childhood educators working in programs located in high-need communities with children from low-income families.

Estimated Available Funds: $14,695,000.
Estimated Range of Awards: $2,500,000-$5,000,000.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $3,750,000.
Estimated Number of Awards: 3-6 awards.
Additional Information: Applicable regulations, priorities, & other information are available in the Federal Register notice.

Additional information is available online at: <a href="http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/020705a.html">http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/020705a.html</a>

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