WVBE/WVDE

March 2, 2020 - Volume 40 Issue 8

WVBE / WVDE News

Charleston, W.Va – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Adult Education announces funding for Adult Education programs and Integrated English Language and Civics Education programs in accordance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) for fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).

Funding will be granted for a five-year cycle. Application forms and guidance information are available on the WVDE’s Adult Education website at https://wvde.us/adult-education/ beginning February 21, 2020. Applications will be accepted by mail or email. Applications mailed must be postmarked by April 10, 2020, and applications emailed must be received by 4:00 PM on April 10, 2020, Eastern Time /1:00 PM Pacific Time /2:00 PM Mountain Time/3:00 PM Central Time.

The purpose of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is to provide adults with education opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members and citizens.

Eligible providers must be a local educational agency; community-based organization or faith-based organization; volunteer literacy organization; an institution of higher education; public or private nonprofit agency; library; public housing authority; nonprofit institution that is not previously described and has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals; consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions or libraries as described above; or a partnership between an employer and an entity described in any of the items above.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on March 11, 2020, for potential applicants to have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the application. Questions may also be submitted to AskAE.wvde@k12.wv.us. All questions and responses will be available in the FAQ section on the website.

WV Department of Education Announces Adult Education Funding Opportunities

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announces the 2020-2021 Nita M. Lowery 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) request for proposals (RFP). Youth-serving organizations are invited to apply for the funds which are used to design and implement centers in the state.

The 21st CCLC program provides students access to high-quality and engaging afterschool activities that support their learning and development and assists them in obtaining state educational standards. Eligible applicants are local education agencies, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, higher education institutions, city or county government agencies, for-profit corporations and other public or private entities. The 21st CCLC funding is used to provide students with homework assistance, tutoring and a broad array of enrichment activities that complement their regular academic programs during out-of-school times.

The following details offer important information and guidance for the application process.

The target date for release of the RFP is February 25, 2020, and additional details are available at https://wvde.us/federal-programs/21st-cclc/.

An Intent to Apply Form must be received by the WVDE 21st CCLC program by May 1, 2020. Failure to provide the form will prevent participation in the 2020 Grant Competition. The form is a part of the Request for Proposal Document.

Funding Allocations: WVDE anticipates that new grantee awards will range from $50,000 to $220,000 per year for five years. The number and size of awards will depend on the availability of federal funds and the successful implementation of the program.

Bidder’s Conferences will be held at three locations for the ease of attendance by interested participants. Applicants may register for a conference of their choosing.

Attendance is not a requirement for proposal submission. The conference locations and dates include:

  • Southern West Virginia, February 25, 2020, 1:00 p.m., Beckley Raleigh County Civic Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV 25801
  • Northern Panhandle, March 3, 2020, 1:30 p.m., Oglebay Resort Wheeling, WV 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Eastern Panhandle March 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m., South Branch Inn, Romney, WV 64 Heritage Circle, Romney, WV 26757

Technical Assistance conference calls will be held at two locations. These will provide information regarding the 21st CCLC program and offer an opportunity for applicants to ask questions regarding the program, process and or requirements. Participants may join these calls as needed and dates include:

  • April 24, 2020, 10:00 a.m., access the Microsoft Team meeting by calling 304-553-7794 and using conference ID: 861 919 118#
  • May 15, 2020, 10:00 a.m., access the Microsoft Team meeting by calling 304-553-7794 and using conference ID: 417 061 669#

Deadline for Intent to Apply Form is May 1, 2020. Failure to provide form by May 1, 2020, will prevent the applicant from participating in the 2020 Grant Competition.

For details about the RFP process or information, contact Sherry Swint at sherry.swint@k12.wv.us or David Lee at david.lee@k12.wv.us or call 304-558-7805.

Editors’ Note: Both news media releases provided by Special Assistant to the State Superintendent Dr. Carla Warren whose preferred contact information is Carla.Warren@k12.wv.us or 304-558-2699.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is seeking partnerships with organizations across the state to help feed children and provide supervised activities during the summer months. When school is out during the summer months, community programs and organizations are vital to ensuring children in West Virginia are still receiving the nutrition they need, especially in low-income areas.

County boards of education, local government agencies and other nonprofit organizations can participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which ensures children (ages 18 and under) in lower-income areas continue to receive free, nutritious meals during the summer when they do not have access to the programs that are available to them during the school year, like the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program. Feeding sites often include schools, churches, community centers, pools, parks, libraries, housing complexes and summer camps.

“With most schools out during the summer months, it is vitally important that community partners and organizations participate in the Summer Food Service Program to ensure no child goes hungry,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steve Paine. “Providing consistent, quality nutrition throughout the summer helps children return to the classroom ready to learn and succeed.”

In West Virginia, 198,435 school children (about 76 percent) depend on free and reduced-price meals at school, yet only about 18,000 receive the free meals provided by the SFSP.

“In 2019, 537 Summer Food Program sites provided nutritious meals to children in West Virginia and we believe many organizations will renew their commitment for 2020,” said Amanda Harrison, Executive Director of the Office of Child Nutrition. “New organizations in communities all across the Mountain State are invited to join so that more children have access to healthy meals than ever before.”

Organizations interested in becoming a 2020 summer sponsor should contact Cybele Boehm or Samantha Reeves with the Office of Child Nutrition at cboehm@k12.wv.us or snsuffer@k12.wv.us or by calling 304-558-3396. Summer sites will be announced in June 2020.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.htm, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

MAIL:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
FAX: (202) 690-7442; or
EMAIL: program.intake@usda.gov
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Editor’s Note: For more information, contact the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Communications: 304-558-2699