PA Pre-K Counts funding is awarded on a competitive basis every five years (or when any additional funding is included in the state budget). A competitive Request for Application (RFA) process is anticipated to be released based upon the proposed expansion funds in the Governor’s budget address. The release of the competitive RFA will be communicated through Penn Link, and through the PA Early Ed News as soon as it becomes available. (Click here to subscribe to the PA Early Ed News)
Eligible applicants include:
- School districts
- Head Start agencies
- PDE Private Licensed Nursery schools
- STAR 3 or 4 center and group child care programs*
- Third party entities not meeting one of the above provider types may apply but must partner with eligible provider types to provide PK services.
*STAR 2 child care programs are encouraged to consider moving to a STAR 3 or 4 as soon as possible! Current STAR 2 programs must receive STAR 3 or 4 designations by the time the application is due to apply as a lead agency. Partner agencies and service locations that are currently STAR 2 must receive STAR 3 or 4 designations by August 25, 2017 to be considered eligible locations of PK services in any grant application.
For future consideration in Requests for Applications, agencies must possess the following:
Vendor Number (SAP Number)
A vendor number can be established by registering at https://www.myworkplace.state.pa.us:448/sap/bc/webdynpro/sap/zm_vendor_reg#
If you have any questions about vendor numbers, please contact Brian Bell email@example.com 717.346.0038 or Brent Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org 717.346.9330 in the Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
Administrative Unit Number (AUN)
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts applicants will need to supply a valid AUN number within the REQUIRED Letter of Intent and application. To verify your AUN number or to check to see if you have one assigned to your agency, click here. If you are an intermediate unit, select Search for Intermediate Units. If you are not an intermediate unit, select Advanced Search and search for your agency.
Applicants that are not already licensed by PDE, and therefore do not have an AUN number, should contact Brian Bell at email@example.com 717.346.0038 or Brent Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org 717.346.9330 in PDE's Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
Master Provider Index Number (MPI Number)
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts applicants will need a Master Provider Index (MPI) number as part of the application process. MPI numbers are used across the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) to identify legal entities and service locations that participate in any of their programs. As such, they are used in DHS’s data system as a common identifier for all of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning’s (which is a joint office between PDE and DHS) programs, including Child Care Licensing, Early Intervention, Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program and Keystone STARS.
Legal entities are assigned a unique 9-digit MPI number. In addition, service locations are assigned a unique 13-digit MPI number, which is created by adding a 4-digit extension to the 9-digit MPI of the legal entity. Legal entities and service providers currently participating in any of these programs should have an MPI number.
Applicants that are not currently participating in any of these programs should contact the Early Learning Network (ELN) Help Desk at (877) 491-3818 and provide their Federal Tax ID to determine their MPI numbers. MPI numbers will not be able to be provided without a Federal Tax ID. If an MPI is not identified a request form will need to be completed.
Tax ID Number or Federal ID Number
This is the number that an agency uses on its federal W-9 form. Applicants for Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts funds should consult with the person who handles tax, legal or accounting matters for the agency to determine the federal ID number when you check on your legal name and address.
For questions contact PDE by sending an email to RA-PAPreKCounts@pa.gov.