MO Quality Pre-K Grant (MOQPK)

MO Quality Pre-K Grant (MOQPK)

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The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) is providing guidance related to funding for new Missouri Quality Prekindergarten (MOQPK) Grants. These grants are available to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and child care providers who are licensed or contracted with the DESE Child Care Subsidy program. 

Businesses in Missouri consistently rank the lack of early care and education options as a barrier for recruiting and retaining employees. The MOQPK-LEA Grant program is designed to expand the funding for prekindergarten (Pre-K) instruction and increase access for low-income families.

Grant Information for LEAs

The MOQPK- LEA grant is designed to provide funding for high quality preschool in Missouri’s Local Education Agencies (LEA).  All LEAs are eligible to apply for the MOQPK-LEA Grant opportunity.  In Missouri, an LEA is either a public school district or a charter school.

Grant Information for Child Care

The MOQPK-CC grant is designed to provide funding for high quality preschool in Missouri’s child cares.  All child care programs in Missouri, as defined in Section 210.201, RSMo that are licensed under Section 210.221, RSMo at the time of application, or that are unlicensed and contracted with the DESE subsidy program at the time of application, are eligible to apply for the MOQPK-CC Grant opportunity.

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