Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initial Grant Awards

The Office of Child Care (OCC) would like to congratulate the 45 states and territories who received a Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant Award at the end of December.

The PDG B-5 grants, which differ significantly from the previous Preschool Development Grants, are designed to fund states and territories to conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment, followed by indepth strategic planning, while enhancing parental choice and expanding the current mixed-delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, state prekindergarten (preK) programs, and home visiting service providers across the public, private, and faith-based sectors.

Specifically, PDG B-5 grants will support states and territories to do the following:

  • Develop, update, or implement a strategic plan—based on what is learned from their thorough, statewide B-5 needs assessment—that facilitates collaboration and coordination among existing programs of early childhood care and education within a statewide mixed-delivery system to prepare low-income and disadvantaged infants, toddlers, and young children to enter kindergarten.
  • More efficiently use existing federal, state, local, and nongovernmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs; coordinate delivery models and funding streams within the state’s or territory’s mixed-delivery system; and develop recommendations to better use existing resources.
  • Encourage partnerships among Head Start programs, child care and preK providers, state and local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, private entities (including faith- and community-based entities), and school systems.
  • Improve transitions between early childhood and school systems.
  • Maximize parental choice and knowledge about the state’s and territory’s mixed-delivery system of early childhood education program providers.

    States and territories were invited to be innovative in planning, designing, enhancing, and evaluating their early childhood care and education mixed-delivery systems. They were also strongly encouraged to engage and develop their application jointly with a full range of early childhood stakeholders, including partners at the local community level and parents, to engage in system design and development that best meets the needs of families and their young children, particularly low-income and disadvantaged children.

    Grant awards range between $538,000 and $10,620,000, depending on state and territory proposed plans. The grant performance period will run from December 31, 2018, through December 30, 2019. States and territories that receive this grant award will also be given the opportunity to apply for renewal grants prior to the end of 2019. 

    Questions about these PDG B-5 awards should be directed to Richard Gonzales at richard.gonzales@acf.hhs.gov.

    PDG B-5 Grant Awards


Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education



Alaska Department of Education and Early Development



Arizona Department of Education



Arkansas Department of Human Services



California Department of Education



Colorado Department of Human Services



Connecticut Office of Early Childhood



Delaware Department of Education



District of Columbia Education Office



Florida Department of Education



Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning



Hawaii Department of Human Services



Illinois Office of the Governor



Indiana Family and Social Services Administration



Iowa Department of Management



Kansas Department of Education



Commonwealth of Kentucky



Louisiana Department of Education



Maine Department of Education



Maryland Department of Education



Massachusetts Executive Office of Education



Michigan Department of Education



Minnesota Department of Education



Mississippi Community College Board



Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services



Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services



Nevada Department of Education



University of New Hampshire



New Jersey Department of Children and Families



New Mexico Department of Children, Youth and Families



New York Office of Children and Family Services



North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services



North Dakota Department of Public Instruction



Ohio Department of Job and Family Services



Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation, Inc.



Oregon Department of Education



Commonwealth of Pennsylvania



Rhode Island Department of Human Services



South Carolina Department of Social Services



Texas Education Agency



U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services



Utah Department of Workforce Services



State of Vermont



Virginia Department of Education



Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families


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