Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/28/2020 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 7. Action on a Request to Approve Submission of the Head Start Federal and County Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) and Quality Improvement Funding (QIF) Application
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 1.01 - Vision, Mission, Core Beliefs, and Goals
Attachments: County COLA Narrative and Budget Justification
Federal COLA Narrative and Budget Justification
County Quality Improvement Narrative and Budget Justification
Federal Quality Improvement Narrative and Budget Justification
File Attachment:
County COLA Narrative and Budget Justification.pdf
Federal COLA Narrative and Budget Justification.pdf
County Quality Improvement Narrative and Budget Justification.pdf
Federal Quality Improvement Narrative and Budget Justification.pdf
Background: The Milwaukee Public Schools' Head Start Program is eligible to apply for a supplemental Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) grant and Quality Improvement Funding (QIF) through the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start.

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, contains an increase of approximately $550 million for programs under the Head Start Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. The increase provides $193 million for a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and $250 million for Quality Improvement Funding investments for Head Start.

A portion of the increase provides a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 2% to assist all Head Start grantees in increasing staff salaries and fringe benefits or in offsetting higher operation costs. Quality Improvement Funding is allocated proportionately based on federal funded enrollment, with additional consideration given to small grantees to allow for a meaningful investment, as permitted by the Act.

The Milwaukee Public Schools Head Start Program has been allocated as follows:

County
COLA: $31,248
QIF: $55,000
Total-$86,248

Federal
COLA: $177,398
QIF: $364,420
Total- $541,818

Awarded funds will be applied as follows:
-Raises awarded to Head Start Staff awarded in the 2020-2021 school year
-Increases to fringe benefit rate for the last school year
-Increases in the operational cost in the last school year
-Help better incorporate a trauma-informed approach that will support children, families, and staff impacted by adverse experiences.

The full application will be submitted May 15th, 2020.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Does not approve expenditures. The Federal Head Start Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Supplemental and Quality Improvement Funding (QIF) Grant is expected to be $628,066.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon Board approval, the MPS Head Start office will submit the Federal and County Head Start COLA and Quality Improvement Funding (QIF) Application.
Recommendation: Your Committee recommends that the Board approve the submission of the 2020-2021 Head Start application.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer