Special Education Preschool Grants

To provide grants to States to assist them in providing special education and related services to children with disabilities ages 3 through 5 years, and at a State's discretion, to 2- year- old children with disabilities who will reach age three during the school year.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
West Virginia Department Of Education $ 3,625,274   2021-07-012022-09-30
Public Education, New Mexico Department Of $ 3,290,329   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Tennessee Department Of $ 7,072,326   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Kansas Dept Of $ 2,207,266   2021-07-012022-09-30
Elementary And Secondary Education, Ri Department Of $ 1,739,337   2021-07-012022-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 130,245   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Arizona Dept Of $ 5,759,378   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Alabama Dept Of $ 3,020,795   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Michigan Department Of $ 13,020,345   2021-07-012022-09-30
Colorado State Board Of Education $ 2,689,222   2021-07-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

States must distribute all grant funds that the State does not reserve for administration of the program or other State-level activities to eligible local educational agencies.

Funds are used by State and local educational agencies, in accordance with the IDEA, to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities ages 3 through 5, and at the State's discretion, to 2-year -old children with disabilities who will reach age 3 during the next school year; and in some cases, early intervening services.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State educational agencies in the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Local educational agencies apply to their State educational agency for sub-grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children aged 3 through 5 with disabilities, and (at the State's option) 2-year- old children with disabilities that will reach age 3 during the school year, that require special education and related services will benefit.


No State or jurisdiction may receive a grant unless the Secretary has approved the annual application and statement of assurances. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. States are eligible to receive funds under this program if the State establishes eligibility under Section 612 of Part B of the IDEA and if the State makes a free appropriate public education available to all children ages 3 through 5 years with disabilities residing in the State. Local educational agencies establish eligibility for Preschool Grant funds by meeting local application eligibility requirements in section 613 of Part B of the IDEA.

Award Procedures

Once the State application has been approved, a grant award representing the total preschool grant amount for that fiscal year is forwarded to the State's department of education. Notification of the award is made to the Chief State School Officer. States make subgrants to eligible local educational agencies from their initial grant award after setting aside funds for administration and state-level activities.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, Part B, Section 619, 20 U.S.C. 1419.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The time for reviewing the State?s application is determined by EDGAR (in 34 CFR §76.703) and ranges from 45 to 90 days.


The Department must not take final action to disapprove an application until the State is provided reasonable notice and an opportunity for a hearing. The State must request a hearing no later than 30 days after it receives notice of the proposed final determination that the State is not eligible to receive its award.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Statutory citation: IDEA Part B Sec. 619(c) In general, funds are distributed to eligible entities through a formula based on general population and poverty. Under the formula, each State is first allocated an amount equal to its fiscal year 1997 allocation. For any year in which the appropriation is greater than the prior year level, 85 percent of the funds above the fiscal year 1997 level are distributed based on each State?s relative percentage of the total number of children aged 3 through 5 in the general population. The other 15 percent is distributed based on the relative percentage of children aged 3 through 5 in each State who are living in poverty. The statute also includes several maximum and minimum allocation requirements when the amount available for distribution to States increases. If the amount available for allocation to States remains the same from one year to the next, States receive the same level of funding as in the prior year. If the amount available for allocation to States decreases from the prior year, any amount available for allocation to States above the 1997 level is allocated based on the relative increases in funding that the States received between 1997 and the prior year. If there is a decrease below the amount allocated for 1997, each State?s allocation is ratably reduced from the 1997 level. This program has no matching requirements. However, there are non-supplanting and excess cost requirements. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. MOE requirements for this program apply to both State Educational Agencies and local educational agencies.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are issued each fiscal year. The Federal obligation period is a 15-month period from July 1 through September 30 of the following fiscal year. State and local educational agencies have an additional 12-month period to obligate funds they receive. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


State Performance Plans (SPPs) and Annual Performance Reports (APRs) are submitted to the Department of Education from the State Departments of Education.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


As required by EDGAR for State administered programs (34 CFR 76.730-731), generally, the State and its subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years from the date the grantee or subgrantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. CFR 200.333. Also, all records supporting claims for Federal funds or relating to the accountability of the grantee for the expenditure of such funds must be accessible for administrative review.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $368,238,000; FY 17 est $368,238,000; and FY 18 est $368,238,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2017, regular annual allotments to States, including DC and Puerto Rico, ranged from $229,556 to $36,944,889, with an average award of $7,081,500.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program regulations are at 34 CFR Part 300; 34 CFR Parts 76-77, 79, 81-82, 84-86, and 97-99; and 2 CFR Part 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Gregg Corr Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: gregg.corr@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-7309

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States and other eligible entities qualify for funding if they submit approvable applications under IDEA, section 612 and if they make a free appropriate public education available to all children with disabilities ages three through five years, residing in the State.

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