DOE DECE Preschool Special Education Enhancement Contract Solicitation
This contract enhancement opportunity will provide additional funding to programs and provide them with support available to all 3-K and Pre-K for All programs. All current and prospective State-approved nonpublic preschool special education programs are eligible to apply. Through this initiative, we are excited to continue the work of streamlining NYC’s Birth to Five system of early care and education, and to officially make 4410s and 4201s part of Pre-K and 3-K for All.
You may respond to the solicitation as soon as you are able and the first due date is January 20, 2021. We strongly encourage all providers to respond by that date in order to begin contracts this summer. There is a second due date of March 20, 2021 for providers that need more time to plan. You may reach out to DECEProgramOps@schools.nyc.gov if you have additional questions about this enhancement contract solicitation.
Program Leader Enrollment Policy Concerns Form
The DOE has created Program Leader Enrollment Policy Concerns Form for program leaders to share concerns regarding the enrollment practices of other programs/schools that you believe have impacted families at your program. The DOE will look into all concerns of program leaders and provide a response within 10 business days. Please note that your name/program will not be shared with peer programs as we investigate each situation.
The Program Leader Enrollment Policy Concerns form was developed in response to concerns program leaders have shared with us. Collecting this additional information through the form will allow the DOE to proactively address any concerns, and ensure that families receive accurate information from all 3-K and Pre-K for All programs.
Fact Sheet on Provider Compensation Announcement
On July 9th, the Mayor and City Council Speaker announced a tentative contract agreement between early childhood providers, District Council 1707 Local 205, and the Day Care Council of New York. The agreement, which has since been ratified, provides a pathway to pay parity between certified early childhood education teachers and entry-rate Department of Education salaries by October 2021. The Provider Compensation Fact Sheet answers frequently asked questions, including who is covered by the agreement and whether it impacts your FY20 budgets.
The Mayor and City Council Speaker also announced on October 3rd a tentative agreement between District Council 37/1707 Local 95 and the Head Start Sponsoring Board Council of New York City. This agreement will benefit Head Start program staff, providing a pathway to pay parity between certified Head Start/Early Head Start teachers and entry-rate Department of Education salaries by 2021, and bonuses for hard-working Head Start/Early Head Start support staff.