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Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Grants (4-K Start-up Grant Program) (Wisconsin)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)


    The purpose of the Four-Year-Old Kindergarten Grants (4-K Start-up Grant Program) is to provide funding to eligible school districts to implement a 4-year-old kindergarten program.

    Priority shall be given to school districts that use community approaches to early education. A community approach means the school district shall do both of the following:
    • Establish and maintain a collaborative committee, council, or advisory group. This group shall be involved in the initial planning, public awareness, delivery models, staff development, program design, site selection, staffing patterns, policy development, program standards and curriculum, as well as the on-going implementation and administration of the program. This group shall include representatives from community based providers; the school district, which may include administration, school board members, or principals; and a representative of other relevant community interest groups.
    • Establish and maintain written contracts or agreements that define the partnerships between the school district and community based provider. The school district shall have at least one site of the school districts 4K program at a non-school district site, not including a private home, or on a school district site administered by a community based provider. These sites shall be within the school districts boundaries or may be offered off-site through an interdistrict agreement under s. 66.0301, Stats. The contract or agreement shall define all of the following roles and responsibilities related to the 4K program operation:
      • The school district process to oversee and supervise the program to assure compliance with state and federal education laws.
      • The community provider process to assure compliance with the state or federal laws regulating their program.
      • The program components and design to include hours, length of program, staffing design, staff development, curriculum, and class size.
      • The resources provided by each entity necessary for the delivery of the program.
      • The financial arrangements which assure the district covers the cost of program instruction.
      • The recruitment and enrollment practices that assure the school district program is open to all age eligible children and that the community provider assures that enrollment is not contingent upon enrollment in any program offered by the community based provider, unless this conflicts with the providers federal regulations.

    History of Funding

    Previous grantees can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    For additional information, please contact the Department of Public Instruction at the information provided in the contact section of this posting.


    Sherry Kimball

    Sherry Kimball
    125 S. Webster Street
    Madison, WI 53703
    (608) 267-9625

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are school districts planning to implement 4-year-old kindergarten programs.

    An eligible school district shall meet all of the following requirements:
    • Did not count 4-year-old children as participating in a 4K program on the PI-1563 Pupil Count Report in 2016-2017 school year;
    • Make the program open and accessible to all age eligible residents of the district at no charge;
    • Provide a minimum of 437 hours of instruction by a teacher who holds a license issued by the department to teach prekindergarten or kindergarten;
    • Provide transportation to and from the 4K program at no charge as required by s. 121.54(1) and (2), Stats;
    • Pay the full cost of the 4K program, including the costs associated with programs located off-site. Such costs include staff compensation, special education, and support services for children, facilities, supplies, and staff development; and
    • Meet the school district standards under s. 121.02 (2) (a), (b), (c), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (L), (o), (q), and (t), Stats.

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit applications was April 19, 2019. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Grants are awarded by formula, based on enrollment in 4K programs. Statutes designate first-year funding of up to $3,000 and second year funding of up to $1,500 for each pupil enrolled in the approved 4-year-old kindergarten program. If the funds are insufficient to pay full funding for all eligible pupils, the law requires the DPI to prorate the payments to school districts. Funding is based on audited child count data.

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