Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five
PDG B-5 Grant Overview
What is this grant all about?
Arizona’s goals for children and families are: to prepare more children from vulnerable populations to enter school prepared to succeed; to create a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative, and high-quality early childhood system that supports the development, health, and early education of all Arizona’s children birth through age 5; to use collaboration and coordination of the early childhood education system to maximize parent knowledge and choice; engage all partners with a vested interest in Arizona’s children ages 0-5; and leverage our resources (time, funding, and effort) to ensure work is aligned and coordinated so as not to duplicate or supplant other federal or state initiatives.
Arizona’s grant proposal has three parts: In Part 1, we provide a layout of the proposed planning year, including the plan for partner and community engagement in regions across the state, organized in seven local planning committees (LPCs). The focus will be on data analysis as the foundation for planning. LPCs will collect, review, analyze, and plan using data. In Part 2, we propose providing adequate professional development and technical assistance on evidence-based tools for program evaluation and implementation planning to increase the likelihood of the LPCs creating community-specific strategic plans of action and informing the development of a statewide strategic plan aimed to effect change on a scale necessary to meet Arizona’s goals of increasing the percentage of three and four-year old children in quality early learning settings and improving third grade reading proficiency. In Part 3, we identify current early childhood education system-level initiatives happening in Arizona (based on recent needs assessments) and determine either opportunities for increasing access to or improving the quality of the early childhood education system or filling an existing gap. The resources used at the local and statewide levels will leverage current needs assessments and strategic plans of partner organizations in Arizona’s early childhood education system as they determine areas to enhance, supplement, complement, and in some cases, fill voids.
AZ Statewide Strategic Plans
Arizona’s PDG B-5 Strategic Planning Process
Arizona recognized there are multiple needs assessments and strategic plans for individual organizations in Arizona’s ECE system. Arizona proposed using the PDG B-5 grant opportunity to help the regional Local Planning Committees (LPCs) access these and to use them as they developed a local strategic plan, clearly articulating how they would build on previous strategic planning efforts to improve coordination and collaboration for relevant programs and services, better serve children, and increase the overall participation of the State’s children in high-quality early childhood care and education programs and services in a mixed delivery system. At the same time, Arizona proposed using these data sources and information from the LPCs to develop a statewide strategic plan for supporting the LPCs with implementation and implementation planning.
Each of the regional LPCs coalesced around the five priority areas defined in the scope of their needs assessments. This approach is the Habits of Interaction tier of the Leading by Convening model. On this tier, Arizona addressed shared concerns that brought people together in meaningful ways and ensured the right people were at the table to mobilize genuine progress. These LPCs met monthly.
Arizona’s goal was for LPCs to be able to use the tools, guidance, professional development, and technical assistance provided (Implementation Science Training, Lectio Training, Data Analysis Institute, Hexagon Tool, etc.) to determine what’s being done (mapping programs and services on the continuum from awareness building to change of behavior and gaining a deeper understanding of core content, mechanism, dosage, target population, staff development and evaluation) and using implementation science as a planning tool for identified new programs or initiatives that meet a gap identified in their needs assessments. The result of this work was the regional strategic plans submitted by the LPCs and the strategies and initiatives proposed by the ADE ECE unit following the regional work and meta-analysis. In addition, Arizona consolidated all of the strategic plans and placed them into a consolidated yet comprehensive overview document which is also attached.
Local Planning Committee Regions
Region 1: Apache, Coconino, and Navajo Counties ♦ Click here to see LPC Meeting details
Region 2: Maricopa County ♦ Click here to see LPC Meeting details
Region 3: Mohave County ♦ Click here to see LPC Meeting details
Region 4: Pima and Santa Cruz Counties ♦ Click here to see LPC Meeting details
Region 5: Pinal County ♦ Click here to see LPC Meeting details
Region 6: Yavapai County ♦ Click here to see LPC Meeting details
Region 7: Yuma County ♦ Click here to see LPC Meeting details
PDG B-5 Local Planning Committee Membership Form
If you are a Parent/Family Member, Early Childhood Education Practitioner, or Early Childhood Education Supporter then we need you to join our Regional Local Planning Committees to help accelerate and collaborate around this critical work. Please click the following link to complete our PDG B-5 Local Planning Committee Membership Form