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Chapter 11. Special Programs Subchapter 18. Grant Program for Healthy Start Article 1. Grants Review of Applications for Operational and Planning Grants.   

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(a) Only those applications which are complete in their entirety (collaborative approval, Healthy Start Support Services budget, and application narrative) will be considered for funding.

(b) Submission deadline dates must be strictly adhered to and shall be those specified in the Request for Applications.

(c) The application narrative may not exceed 25 pages for operational grant applications; 12 pages for planning grant applications.

(d) An application narrative that meets the following format specifications will be considered in its entirety:

(1) The pages are single-sided, 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches.

(2) The top, bottom, left, and right margins are 1 inch minimum.

(3) The font is 12 point and does not exceed 6 lines per inch.

(e) Attachments to the narrative may include documents that support the narrative, not to exceed 10 pages. Attachments that are simply a continuation of the narrative will not be considered. Attachments may include but are not limited to student profile data (e.g., test scores, attendance, mobility, discipline, ethnicity, immunization status at the time of enrollment, etc.) and letters of support from parents. Memoranda of understanding that document the specific commitments from the local agency collaboration members may be attached to the application narrative and are excluded from the 10-page attachment limitation.

(f) Each complete and timely application will be reviewed and assessed according to the criteria in subdivisions (g) and (h) below.

(g) Operational grant applications will be evaluated for the degree to which the application:

(1) Demonstrates an understanding of Healthy Start (Education Code section 8800 et seq.) objectives by addressing each of the elements cited in section 11905 in a clear and logical manner using appropriate supportive data;

(2) Demonstrates an understanding of student and/or family needs by describing underlying conditions and causes based on appropriate data sources including but not limited to students, families, and local public and private agencies that provide services;

(3) Assesses the strengths and limitations of existing community services and utilities, redirects, restructures, or integrates local agency and community resources.

(4) Actively addresses local needs including any unique cultural needs;

(5) Delineates fiscal and governance responsibilities of collaborative members;

(6) Describes achievable and client-centered outcomes;

(7) Demonstrates that there will be a specific mechanism in place to refer students and families in need of assistance and to ensure that the supports are available for the individual students and families to access the needed services;

(8) Establishes a procedure for ongoing feedback regarding client-centered outcomes and local agency collaboration outcomes to clients and local agency collaboration participants;

(9) Establishes comprehensive, integrated school-linked services; and

(10) Establishes or tests innovative or new forms of service delivery and collaboration, including but not limited to, amount and sources of required funding, redirection or restructuring of staffing and funding, priorities for whom to serve, and agencies responsible for providing services.

(h) Planning grant applications will be evaluated for the degree to which the application demonstrates:

(1) An understanding of Healthy Start (Education Code section 8800 et seq.) objectives by addressing each of the elements cited in section 11910 in a clear and logical manner using appropriate supportive data;

(2) A plan for building a collaborative comprehensive, integrated school-linked services delivery system which will include ongoing participation of parents, teachers, community groups, and service providers;

(3) Specific planning activities for soliciting input from ethnic and linguistic groups in the community;

(4) A plan for reaching the specified goals based on a preliminary understanding of current student, facility, and community conditions, needed improvements, and steps to accomplish client-centered outcomes; and

(5) Evidence of efforts to include broad community support and a range of available resources.

Authority cited:

Education Code 8804(b)

Education Code 8804(i)

Reference:

Education Code 8804

Education Code 8806

(Amended by Register 2005, No. 42.)