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The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), jointly with the Department of Education (ED) (the Departments), awarded one-year Preschool Development Grants Birth to Five (PDG B-5) to 43 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands in the final days of 2018.

The new Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five program provides states with an 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 federal funding allows states to engage in a thorough needs assessment, a robust strategic planning process, and other activities intended to rally stakeholders around a common vision and goals for young children. (For information about the program’s origins and the “legacy PDG” grants, check out FFYF’s News and Resources).

The grants range from $538,000 (Utah) to $10,620,000 (Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and New Jersey). The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) had indicated that approximately 40 grants would be awarded. After receiving and reviewing a whopping 47 applications, 45 awards were made possible by lowering the grant amount to 71% of the applicants’ requested budget—except for the 6 applicants that requested under $1.5 million (Arizona, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Utah, and the US Virgin Islands).

The overall PDG B-5 grant goals are:

  1. To develop a strategic plan, informed by a needs assessment, which facilitates collaboration, coordination, and quality improvement activities for existing early childhood programs to support school readiness and improve transitions into the K-12 system by aligning and strengthening the delivery of existing programs. Through implementation of the strategic plan, states are expected to more efficiently use resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs; coordinate service delivery models; improve participation of children in programs; improve program quality while not limiting availability to services; expand parental choice and knowledge of existing programs; and enhance school readiness for children from low-income and disadvantaged families, including during children’s transition into elementary school. 
  2. To encourage partnerships across Head Start providers, local governments, Indian tribes, local education agencies, and faith-based and community-based organizations to improve coordination, program quality, and service delivery. 
  3. To maximize parental choice by ensuring that parents are provided the information and resources to make informed choices about their child’s early care and education setting and by promoting parent and family involvement in early care and education settings.

In early October 2018, BUILD, NIEER, the Ounce, EducationCounsel, the Alliance for Early Success and the Policy Equity Group co-hosted a technical assistance meeting for three dozen state teams who were seeking PDG B-5 funds to advance their early childhood systems building efforts. We—and our colleagues at the FFYF—are eagerly awaiting the public posting of the application so that we can review and analyze them. Like the Early Learning Challenge applications, they provide a treasure trove of information about states’ approaches. After having read at least a dozen, we believe an application analysis will be useful to federal and state leaders, technical assistance organizations, and philanthropy as we all seek to maximize these very welcome federal dollars to support young children and their families, especially those in under-resourced families and communities.

PDG B-5 Grant Awardees

 

ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

$10,620,000

ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT

$2,617,353

ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

$3,506,749

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$1,396,806

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$10,620,000

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

$5,801,793

CONNECTICUT OFFICE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

$8,591,087

DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$4,236,837

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA EDUCATION OFFICE

$10,620,000

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$8,520,000

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EARLY CARE AND LEARNING

$2,961,044

HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

$965,530

ILLINOIS OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

$3,702,937

INDIANA FAMILY AND SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

$6,895,336

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT

$2,190,119

KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$4,482,305

COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY

$10,620,000

LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$7,100,000

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$1,011,080

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$10,618,584

MASSACHUSETTS EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF EDUCATION

$1,801,346

MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$5,058,813

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$4,705,603

MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD

$10,620,000

MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN SVCS

$4,208,250

NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

$4,141,560

NEVADA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$606,515

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

$3,843,557

NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

$10,620,000

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN YOUTH AND FAMILIES

$5,374,596

NEW YORK OFFICE OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

$8,732,006

NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

$4,486,842

NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

$2,275,771

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES

$10,486,896

OKLAHOMA PARTNERSHIP FOR SCHOOL READINESS FDN, INC

$3,116,729

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$4,257,418

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA

$10,553,711

RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

$4,194,057

SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

$3,453,679

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY

$1,789,455

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES

$538,000

STATE OF VERMONT

$3,363,695

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

$9,900,948

VIRGIN ISLANDS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

$725,112

WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES

$5,270,656

 

 

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