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Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five Funding Opportunity Announcement

The Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was posted on Friday, September 7.

The PDG B-5 FOA solicits applications from the 50 states, 5 territories, and District of Columbia. States and territories can apply for as little as $500,000 and as much as $15 million for the 1st year of funding. Applicants have 60 days to submit an application; therefore, all applications will be due by November 6, 2018.

This initial 1-year grant differs significantly from the PDGs that are presently funded. The PDG B-5 grant targets comprehensive statewide birth through age 5 needs assessment, strategic planning, parental choice and knowledge about mixed delivery systems, and the sharing of best practices prior to the implementation of any quality initiatives that states and territories identify in a strategic plan developed based on what is learned from their needs assessment.

The purposes of the PDG B-5 Initiative are to do the following:

  • Develop, update, or implement a strategic plan that facilitates collaboration and coordination among existing early childhood care and education programs in a mixed delivery system across a state or territory that are designed to prepare low-income and disadvantaged children to enter kindergarten and to improve transitions from such systems into a local educational agency or an elementary school.
  • More efficiently use existing federal, state, local, and nongovernmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs; coordinate the existing 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 providers, state and local governments, Native American tribes and tribal organizations, private entities (including faith- and community-based entities), and local educational agencies.
  • Maximize parental choice and knowledge about a state’s or territory’s mixed delivery system of early childhood care and education program providers.

We invite state and territory innovation in planning, designing, enhancing, implementing, and evaluating their early childhood care and education mixed delivery system to support the healthy growth and development of all infants, toddlers, and young children, particularly low-income and disadvantaged children.

States and territories are strongly encouraged to engage and develop their application jointly with a full range of early childhood care and education stakeholders, including partners at the community level. Coordination with partners should incorporate parental input and reflect system design and development that best meets the needs of families and their children.

Applicants must submit a letter on official letterhead, signed by the Governor or an authorized representative, designating the state or territory entity that will have the responsibility for executing this grant. This letter must include a description of why the state or territory entity is best suited to easily and successfully oversee and manage the grant and to facilitate collaboration and coordination efforts among the full range of programs, services, and funding streams, thereby leading to the improvement of an early childhood care and education mixed delivery system serving children from birth through age 5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully read the entire FOA.

You can access the PDG B-5 FOA via this Web link.

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