(a) (1) A grantee that establishes a program pursuant to this chapter is eligible to receive a five-year grant of up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) per year per site in a program, subject to semiannual attendance reporting. Funding for a grant shall be allocated in annual increments for a period of not more than five years, contingent upon the availability and appropriation of federal funds by the Legislature for those grants.
(2) The department shall notify new grantees of their award status and the dollar amount of the award, if any, in writing on or before May 15 of each year in which new grants are awarded. The grantee shall notify the department in writing of its acceptance of the grant.
Terms Used In California Education Code 8426
- Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
- Attendance: means the number of children present at a child care and development facility. See California Education Code 8208
- Cost: includes , but is not limited to, expenditures that are related to the operation of child care and development programs. See California Education Code 8208
- Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
- Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
- Site supervisor: means a person who, regardless of his or her title, has operational program responsibility for a child care and development program at a single site. See California Education Code 8208
- Startup costs: means those expenses an agency incurs in the process of opening a new or additional facility before the full enrollment of children. See California Education Code 8208
(3) A first-year grant award shall be made no later than 60 days after enactment of the annual Budget Act and any authorizing legislation. A grant award for the second and subsequent fiscal years shall be made no later than 30 days after enactment of the annual Budget Act and any authorizing legislation.
(4) A grantee who receives funds pursuant to this article as part of a partnership or consortium may restructure the partnership or consortium if all of the following conditions are met:
(A) All partners or consortium members agree to the restructure.
(B) The new consortia or partnership structure, or structures, complies with the requirements of paragraph (8) of subdivision (f) of Section 8421, as applicable.
(C) There is no change in the school, or schools, served by the restructured partnership or consortium.
(D) The department agrees to the restructure.
(b) The department shall allocate 25 percent of the grant amount each year no later than 30 days after the grant award acceptance letter is received by the department.
(c) (1) Not more than 15 percent of each annual grant amount may be used by a grantee for administrative costs. For purposes of this article, administrative costs shall include indirect costs. Indirect costs shall not exceed the lesser of the following:
(A) The grantee’s indirect cost rate, as approved by the department for the appropriate fiscal year.
(B) Five percent of the state program funding received pursuant to this article.
(2) In addition to the funding allowed for administrative costs pursuant to paragraph (1), up to 15 percent of the first year’s annual grant award for each after school grant recipient may be used for startup costs.
(3) Funding made available pursuant to this subdivision shall not result in an increase in the total funding of a grantee above the approved grant amount.
(4) The cost of a program site supervisor may be included as direct services, provided that at least 85 percent of the site supervisor’s time is spent at the program site.
(d) Grantees are subject to semiannual attendance reporting during each year of the grant.
(1) The department shall provide technical support for development of a program improvement plan for grantees under either of the following conditions:
(A) If actual pupil attendance falls below 75 percent of the proposed levels in any year of the grant.
(B) If the grantee fails, in any year of the grant, to demonstrate measurable outcomes pursuant to Section 8427.
(2) If the actual pupil attendance falls below 75 percent of the proposed attendance level at the end of the second year of the grant, the department may reduce funding for the grantee.
(3) The department shall adjust the grant level of any school in the program that is under its proposed attendance level by more than 15 percent in each of two consecutive years.
(4) In any year, after the first grant-year period, that the actual attendance level of a school within the program falls below 75 percent of the proposed attendance level, the department shall perform a review of the program and may adjust the grant level as the department deems appropriate.
(e) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section or any other law, the department may at any time terminate the grant of a school in a public school program that fails in three consecutive years to meet either of the following requirements:
(1) Demonstrate program outcomes pursuant to Section 8427.
(2) Attain 75 percent of its proposed attendance levels after having its program reviews and grant level adjusted by the department.
(f) The department shall create a process to allow a grantee to voluntarily lower its annual grant amount if one or more sites are unable to meet the proposed pupil attendance levels by the end of the second year of the grant.
(g) (1) The administrator of a program may supplement, but not supplant, existing funding for after school programs with grant funds awarded pursuant to this article.
(2) In addition to administrative costs, a program participant may expend up to the greater of 6 percent of its state funding or seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) to collect outcome data for evaluation and for reports to the department.
(3) All state funding awarded to a program pursuant to this article that remains after subtracting the administrative costs, startup costs, and outcome data costs authorized by subdivisions (c) and (d) shall be allocated to the program site for direct services to pupils.
(h) When determining grant award amounts after each grant year, the department may consider whether a program is operating consistent with the terms of its application, including whether the number of pupils served on a regular basis is consistent with the number estimated, and may consider the strength of any justifications or future plans offered by the program to address inconsistencies with the terms of the application. If the department finds that a program is not operating consistent with the terms of its application, the department may take appropriate action, including denying grant awards or reducing the level of grant funding.
(i) The department may withhold or terminate the grant allocation of any site or program that does not comply with audit resolutions, fiscal reporting, attendance reporting, or outcomes reporting requirements required by the department.
(j) If a program grantee is temporarily prevented from operating its entire program due to natural disaster, civil unrest, or imminent danger to pupils or staff, the department may approve a request by the grantee for pupil attendance credits equal to the average annual attendance that the grantee would have received if it had been able to operate its entire program during that time period.
(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 507, Sec. 1. (SB 816) Effective January 1, 2019.)