Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative
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State Preschool Development Grant: 

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October 2019 Update

PDG B-5 FOA is out! Applications are due November 5, 2019

On September 20, 2018, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in coordination with the Department of Education, released two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for the next year of funding for the $250 million Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program. 

With these announcements, states and jurisdictions that were awarded first-year planning grants in 2019 can apply for funding to begin implementing their plans, while states that did not receive planning grants may re-apply or apply this year. To support state leaders engaged in writing PDG B-5 applications, we have reviewed all 46 applications for the 2018 planning grants and provided some recommendations and information about what states proposed to do. We will be posting state questions and our advice related to the questions starting later this week. We will also continue to share questions with ACF so that they might provide official answers. Access the report here.


Infants and Toddlers in PDG B-5

The federal Preschool Development Grant B-5 renewal FOA offers a substantial opportunity to move the needle on providing high-quality services to infants and toddlers. Bonus points in the scoring rubric are available for a special emphasis on infants and toddlers. Given the current state of quality and availability of infant/toddler care and education services across the country, there is much room for work in this area, and the funding amounts and structure of this grant (three years) provide the resources and time needed to meaningfully advance the field. This resource uses the rubric from the FOA to help states think through their strategies and decide what may be best suited for their specific context and needs and includes resources to help states on particular topics. Access Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) 2019 Options for Infant/Toddler Bonus Points.


Ideas on How to Approach the Preschool Development Grant 2019 Bonus - Coordinated Application, Eligibility, Enrollment

The 2019 Preschool Development Grant (PDG) has included a bonus opportunity (worth 3 points) for states to plan for a coordinated application/enrollment, eligibility, and enrollment system that will address the complex needs of families while decreasing the fragmented approach communities use when it comes to screening, determining eligibility, and accessing services. Coordination of intake, eligibility and enrollment serves as an opportunity to streamline screening and enrollment efforts, allocate scarce resource to families most in need, reduce duplication of services, and ensure communication and coordination among early care and education services. By creating a coordinated system, programs and providers—with family involvement—can work together to implement a system that is less cumbersome on families, time efficient, and more successful in generating referrals that most appropriately meet the needs of families. While there is not a “one size fits all” solution to coordinated application/enrollment or centralized eligibility, waitlist, and enrollment systems development, we are offering some concepts and guidance that could be useful as you prepare your application. Access the bonus tool here.



2018 Resources

USDHHS and USED have released the Notice of Funding Available for the new Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG) Initiative. The Grant provides states with an exciting opportunity to think critically about their current systems for early learning, assess system needs, and develop a plan of action. The grant also provides funding to implement key improvement initiatives and activities to meet state needs once a strategic plan is in place.  In the interest of capitalizing on this tremendous opportunity, the BUILD Initiative, the Alliance for Early Success, EducationCounsel, CEELO, and the Ounce of Prevention are coordinating the provision of consultation and technical assistance to state administrators and advocates. 

Access the funding announcement here

Access a consolidation of the FOA elements by each scored section here.

On October 23 the Administration for Children and Families released a document providing answers to frequently asked questions.  Access the FAQ document here.


Application Guide


The new Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program provides states with a historic opportunity to design and implement an early care and education system that gives equitable access to high-quality programs for all children and families. This application guide is designed to help states take full advantage of this opportunity.

Access a fillable version of Appendix A: Needs Assessment Questions.

Grant Specifics 

  • Funding Instrument Type: Grant 
  • Estimated Total Funding: $242,500,000 
  • Expected Number of Awards: 40 
  • Award Ceiling: $15,000,000 per Budget Period 
  • Award Floor: $500,000 per Budget Period 
  • Average Projected Award Amount: $5,000,000 per Budget Period 
  • Anticipated Project Start Date: 12/17/2018 
  • Length of Project Period: 12-month project and Budget Period
  • Application Deadline: November 6, 2018 (North Carolina and South Carolina have extensions until November 20)

Technical Assistance Meeting Resources

PDG B-5 Partner Resources 


Post-Award Work: Webinars

Thanks to the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Perigee Fund, the Buffet Early Childhood Fund, and Alliance for Early Success for their generous support of the States Technical Assistance and Peer Learning Meeting.