The Rising STARS grant application and instructions are available below and will be posted to the SERK website, www.seregionalkey.org, on Friday, January 29. The Rising STARS initiative focuses on access to the highest quality services for hard to reach/hard to serve children and families by providing supports to providers as they move up the quality scale. CLICK HERE to read the FAQ for full details on the application process.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible, all providers described below may not have received more than two previous support grants (including the 14-15 Rising STARS Support Grant) unless they successfully moved from STAR 1 to STAR 2 using the Rising STARS Support Grant. Eligibility exclusions include STARS Head Start, PA Pre-K Counts, Private Academic Schools (PDE licensed preschool) and School District Pre-K.
What Documents Do I Need to Submit?
1.) A completed FTE for the current Fiscal Year; Click below to download.
2.) Keystone STAR 2 or STAR 3 Standard Status worksheet; Click below to download
3.) The application completed in full. Click below to download
Please note that all three documents must be submitted together or application will be invalid.
When Is My Application Due?
All Rising STARS Support Grant Applications must be postmarked or emailed to your STARS Specialist no later than Tuesday, February 16, 2016 for eligibility and consideration.
All applications will be reviewed and scored by the Regional Key. Successful applicants will be notified and provided with Rising STARS support grant paperwork on or around March 4. Contact your STARS Specialist with questions regarding the RISING STARS Support Grant.
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“I’m very satisfied with the Keystone STARS program. It helped me understand how important it is to have a curriculum aligned with learning standards.”