[Federal Register: April 6, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 65)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No.: 84.209A]

 
The Native Hawaiian Family-Based Education Centers Program

AGENCY: Department of Education.

ACTION: Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year
(FY) 1999.

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    Purpose of Program: To expand the operation, throughout the 
Hawaiian Islands, of Family-Based Education Centers that include: (1) 
parent-infant programs for prenatal through three-year-olds; (2) 
preschool programs for four-and five-year-olds; (3) continued research 
and development; and (4) a long-term follow-up and assessment program, 
which may include educational support services for Native Hawaiian 
language immersion programs or transition to English speaking programs.
    Eligible Applicants: Native Hawaiian educational organizations or 
educational entities with experience in developing or operating Native 
Hawaiian programs or programs of instruction conducted in the Native 
Hawaiian language.
    Applications Available: April 6, 1999.
    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 21, 1999.
    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 20, 1999.
    Available Funds: $2 million.
    Estimated Number of Awards: 1 to 2.
    Estimated Size of Awards: $1,000,000.
    Estimated Range of Awards: $1,000,000-$2,000,000.

    Note: These estimates are projections for the guidance of 
potential applicants. The Department is not bound by any estimates 
in this notice.

    Project Period: Up to 36 months.
    Applicable Regulations: The Education Department General 
Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 77, 79, 81, 
82, and 85.
    Invitational Priority: Under the Family-Based Education Centers 
Program, the Secretary is particularly interested in receiving 
applications from eligible entities whose projects would include the 
development and implementation of an appropriate, culturally-relevant 
Native Hawaiian early education and care information system. The system 
would provide information relative to the specific needs and strengths 
in Native Hawaiian early childhood services, including: (1) a 
determination of the existence, use, and effectiveness of programs and 
services available to Native Hawaiians; (2) within existing data 
collection efforts

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statewide, an identification of critical areas of need for services for 
Native Hawaiians; (3) a determination of the numbers and demographics 
of Native Hawaiians in each age group, prenatal through age five, that 
have need for strengthened services; (4) an assessment of the quality 
of existing services; (5) an identification of the gaps in services to 
that age group; and (6) a determination of where additional data needs 
to be gathered and a means of defining culturally-compatible measures 
for the collection of such data. The Secretary is especially interested 
in receiving proposals from entities that would address the early 
education and care needs of the targeted population through 
comprehensive, collaborative efforts with other appropriate 
organizations and agencies.
    An application that meets this invitational priority receives no 
competitive or absolute preference over applications that do not meet 
the priority. However, all proposals under the Family-Based Education 
Centers competition must address the four components in section 9205 of 
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as outlined in the 
``Purposes of Programs'' section of this Notice.
    Selection Criteria: The Secretary will use the following selection 
criteria in 34 CFR 75.210 to evaluate applications under this 
competition. The maximum score for all of the selection criteria is 100 
points. The maximum score for each criterion is indicated in 
parenthesis with the criterion. The criteria are as follows:
    (a) Significance (15 points). (1) The Secretary considers the 
significance of the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the significance of the proposed project, the 
Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The significance of the problem or issue to be addressed by the 
proposed project.
    (ii) The importance or magnitude of the results or outcomes likely 
to be attained by the proposed project, especially improvements in 
teaching and student achievement.
    (b) Quality of the project design (35 points). (1) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the design of the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the design of the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the proposed project represents an 
exceptional approach for meeting statutory purposes and requirements.
    (ii) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be 
achieved by the proposed project are clearly specified and measurable.
    (iii) The extent to which the design of the proposed project is 
appropriate to, and will successfully address, the needs of the target 
population or other identified needs.
    (c) Quality of project personnel (10 points). (1) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the personnel who will carry out the proposed 
project.
    (2) In determining the quality of project personnel, the Secretary 
considers the extent to which the applicant encourages applications for 
employment from persons who are members of groups that have 
traditionally been under represented based on race, color, national 
origin, gender, age, or disability.
    (3) In addition, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The qualifications, including relevant training and experience, 
of the project director.
    (ii) The qualifications, including relevant training and 
experience, of key project personnel.
    (iii) The qualifications, including relevant training and 
experience, of project consultants or subcontractors.
    (d) Adequacy of resources (5 points). (1) The Secretary considers 
the adequacy of resources for the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the adequacy of resources for the proposed 
project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The adequacy of support, including facilities, equipment, 
supplies, and other resources, from the applicant organization or the 
lead applicant organization.
    (ii) The extent to which the budget is adequate to support the 
proposed project.
    (e) Quality of the management plan (15 points). (1) The Secretary 
considers the quality of the management plan for the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the management plan for the 
proposed project, the Secretary considers the following factors:
    (i) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives 
of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly 
defined responsibilities, time lines, and milestones for accomplishing 
project tasks.
    (ii) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring feedback and 
continuous improvement in the operation of the proposed project.
    (iii) The extent to which the time commitments of the project 
director and other key project personnel are appropriate and adequate 
to meet the objectives of the proposed project.
    (f) Quality of the project evaluation (20 points). (1) The 
Secretary considers the quality of the evaluation to be conducted of 
the proposed project.
    (2) In determining the quality of the evaluation, the Secretary 
considers the following factors:
    (i) The extent to which the methods of evaluation provide for 
examining the effectiveness of project implementation strategies.
    (ii) The extent to which the methods of evaluation include the use 
of objective performance measures that are clearly related to the 
intended outcomes of the project and will produce quantitative and 
qualitative data to the extent possible.
    For Applications or Information Contact: Madeline E. Baggett, U.S. 
Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 
20202-6140. Telephone (202) 260-2502. Individuals who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal 
Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 
p.m., Eastern time, Monday through Friday.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this document in an 
alternate format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed in the preceding 
paragraph.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain a copy of the application 
package in an alternate format, also, by contacting that person. 
However, the Department is not able to reproduce in an alternate format 
the standard forms included in the application package.
    Electronic Access to this Document: Anyone may view this document, 
as well as all other Department of Education Documents published in the 
Federal Register, in text or portable document format (pdf) on the 
World Wide Web at either of the following sites: http://ocfo.ed.gov/
fedreg.htm or http://www.ed.gov/news.html. To use the pdf you must have 
the Adobe Acrobat Reader Program with Search, which is available free 
at either of the previous sites. If you have questions about using the 
pdf, call the U.S. Government Printing Office toll free at 1-888-293-
6498.

    Note: The official application notice for a discretionary grant 
competition is the notice published in the Federal Register.

    Program Authority: 20 U.S.C. 7905.


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    Dated: March 30, 1999.
Judith Johnson,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Elementary and Secondary Education.
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