Current Initiatives

Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five

According to the Office of Child Care, in December of 2018, 45 States/Territories received a Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant Award. The PDG B-5 grants, which differ significantly from the previous Preschool Development Grants, are designed to fund states to conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment followed by in-depth strategic planning, while enhancing parent 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, state pre-kindergarten, and home visiting service providers across the public, private and faith-based sectors.

Specifically, PDG B-5 grants support states to:

  • 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 in order to prepare low-income and disadvantaged infants, toddlers, and young children to enter kindergarten;
  • More efficiently use existing federal, state, local, and non-governmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs; coordinate delivery models and funding streams within the state’s mixed delivery system; and develop recommendations to better use existing resources;
  • Encourage partnerships among Head Start, child care and pre-kindergarten 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; and
  • Maximize parental choice and knowledge about the state’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, in order to engage in system design and development that best meets the needs of families and their young children, particularly low-income and disadvantaged children. Arizona applied for and has been awarded $1,396,806!

Click here to view Arizona’s application

Preschool Development Grant

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