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Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five

In December 2018, Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) funds were awarded to 46 states and territories. The PDG B-5 grants are designed to fund states and territories to conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment, followed by in-depth 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 programs, and home visiting service providers across the public, private, and faith-based sectors.

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

  • Develop, update, or put in place a strategic plan—based on what is learned from their thorough, statewide B-5 needs assessment—that supports collaboration and coordination among existing early childhood care and education (ECE) programs within a statewide mixed-delivery system to prepare infants, toddlers, and young children from low-income and disadvantaged families 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 or territory’s mixed-delivery system; and develop recommendations to better use existing resources.
  • Encourage partnerships among Head Start programs, child care and prekindergarten 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 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 ECE 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 children from low-income and disadvantaged families.

Grant awards range between $538,000 and $10,620,000, depending on state and territory proposed plans. The grant performance period runs from December 31, 2018 through December 30, 2019.  

PDG B-5 Needs Assessment

PDG B-5 Strategic Plan

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