Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program 2018–19

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The goal of this grant is to increase access for young children birth to five years old to inclusive early learning and care programs. It supports the inclusion of children with disabilities and exceptional needs, including children with severe disabilities, in early learning and care settings pursuant to Parts B and C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. 


The grant period began on June 15, 2020, and continues through December 31, 2024. A total of $175,569,580 was distributed among successful LEA applicants who demonstrated the need for the IEEEP funds, the ability to meet the requirements in the Request for Application (RFA), and provided the required 33 percent fiscal matching of funds as well as demonstrated fiscal sustainability beyond the grant period.  Grants were competitively awarded based on the selection criteria described in the RFA, with priority for funding going to low-income and high need areas pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 8499.5, which includes the number of eligible children birth to five years of age with an IFSP or IEP as well as those applicants that represented a consortium of local community partners, including local special education partners and those with expertise in inclusive early learning and care environments.  

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Local educational agencies 

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
December 17, 2019
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
4 years 6 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$175,000 – $13,085,061
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

25% of grant funds were awarded up front, and the remaining 65% of grant funds are reimbursed on a quarterly basis. The final 10% of funding is withheld until the end of the grant period. 

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Inclusion Support Office, 1-916-323-6233,