Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grant




Frequently Asked Questions - updated April 17, 2017

Funding Announcement (1/31/17)

Request for Proposal (RFP Materials)

RFP Online Application

RFP Information and Instructions for Application

Navigating the Online Application System

Tips for Navigating the VECF Grants Management System

RFP Online Application Tutorial (printable pdf document) 

RFP Online Application Tutorial (video tutorial)

Technical Assistance Archives

Panel of Current Grantees Webinar Recording (4/12/17)

Mixed-Delivery Strategies for Solving the Preschool Puzzle Webinar Powerpoint Presentation (4/3/17)

Mixed-Delivery Strategies for Solving the Preschool Puzzle Webinar Recording (4/3/17)

RFP Review/Informational Webinar Powerpoint Presentation (3/16/17) 

RFP Review/Informational Webinar Recording (3/16/17)

PowerPoint Presentation from February 28 Technical Assistance

Recording of February 28 Technical Assistance

Letter of Interest Form Preview (this pdf allows you to preview LOI form before completing online)


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Thanks to funding made available in the 2016-2018 biennial budget by Governor McAuliffe and supported by leaders in the legislature, the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF) will fund local pilots to field-test potential solutions to barriers that have prevented all eligible children from participating in Virginia’s preschool initiative. Legislation creating the Mixed-Delivery Preschool Fund and Grant Program (House Bill 47, Patron: Greason) outlines specific priorities for the program. By promoting flexibility and “out of the box” thinking, these pilots represent the opportunity to promote more public-private partnerships and increased collaboration between business, education, and community leaders.   

On August 4, 2016, VECF in consultation with the Virginia Department of Education, awarded the first round of Mixed-Delivery Preschool Grants to five local communities.  Learn more about the innovative solutions proposed by each of the grantees by reading their project profiles below:

James Madison University
Smart Beginnings Rappahannock Area
United Way of Roanoke Valley
United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area
Wythe County Public Schools

You can also read about the Evaluation Plan for the Mixed-Delivery Preschool grant program.


Funding Announcement

RFP Information & Instructions for Application

    Frequently Asked Questions - Updated June 28, 2016
      Recording of RFP Review/Informational Webinar (4/28/16) 







       Request for Proposals (RFP) released

      March 14, 2017
       Pre-proposal informational call for prospective applicants 

      March 16, 2017
       Webinar Tutorial “Navigating the VECF On-line Grant System" 

      March 21, 2017
       Webinar: Mixed-Delivery strategies for solving the preschool puzzle

      April 3, 2017
       Individual TA sessions with applicants by phone

      (If interested, email and indicate your availability on April 4, 5, or 7) 

      April 4, 5, or 7
       Webinar: Panel of current grantees April 12, 2017 
       Call-in Q&A session (Register here) April 20, 2017
       Individual TA sessions with applicants by phone
      (If interested, email and indicate your availability on April 24, 25, or 26)
       April 24, 25, or 26
       Completed applications due to VECF May 15, 2017
       Notification of grant awards June 9, 2017

      Thanks to the Virginia Department of Education for providing a summary of jurisdictions’ VPI utilization in case this is useful for your community’s consideration of strategies for the mixed delivery grant opportunity.

      Preschool Puzzle

      This document provides guidance for exploring community partnerships promoting access to high quality publicly-funded preschool in both public schools and private centers. 

      Summary of Selected States with Mixed-Delivery Preschool
      This summary of state research was presented at the August 2015 meeting of the Joint Subcommittee on the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

      What Does Mixed-Delivery Mean? (video)

      Sample MOUs from Current Grantees