Blended Pre-K Grant Opportunity

The MDE Offices of Special Education and Early Childhood are pleased to announce the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to assist school districts with implementing a blended pre-kindergarten classroom. Blended Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms are made up of both typically developing students and those who have been identified as having a disability. Students are educated together working on achieving the Mississippi Early Learning Standards. The class make up would be no more than 50% of students with disabilities in the class, with the recommended amount being approximately 40%. Funding is available for 3 years to assist with startup costs and professional development.

 This purpose of this grant is to increase students’ access to high-quality early childhood programs, as stated in State Board of Education Goal 3. All Mississippi school districts are eligible. The RFP can be found at  

 On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at 3:00 pm, the MDE will host a webinar that explains the RFP requirements. Districts can register at

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

 Copies of all questions submitted and responses will be posted to MDE’s website under the Public Notices section ( and will be available to the general public before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019. 

 All proposals are due August 1, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. The MDE encourages all districts to review the RFP and to apply.

As always, we appreciate your efforts to provide high-quality services to our youngest learners.