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Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5)

Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5)

The Preschool Development Birth through Five (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.

In FY2019, 46 States/Territories received a PDG B-5 Initial Grant Award.

In FY2020, 6 additional States/Territories received a PDG B-5 Initial Grant Award and 23 states were awarded 3-year PDG B-5 Renewal Grants.  A synthesis report of the funded applications from FY2020 is available here: Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Synthesis Report.

Synthesis Report from the PDG B-5 Applications - Supporting Smooth Transitions to Kindergarten

More information about PDG B-5 is available from the Office of Child Care.  https://www.acf.hhs.gov/occ/resource/pdg-b-5-initiative

Preschool Development Grants

Prior to PDG B-5, the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) program was designed to strengthen state and local efforts to build, develop and expand high-quality preschool programs so that more children from low- and moderate-income families enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school.

2016 Annual Performance Reports

 

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released the 2016 state progress reports on the PDG program. The reports detail how states are meeting the high-quality standards and improving access to early learning for at-risk children.

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2015 Annual Performance Report

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released a national report and 18 state progress reports on the PDG program. The reports detail how states are meeting the high-quality standards and improving access to early learning for at-risk children. Classrooms improved by supporting well-qualified and compensated teachers, expanding to full-day, reducing class size or child-teacher ratios, providing evidence-based professional development, and providing comprehensive services.

See the 2015 PDG report here.

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PDG-Development Grant Overview

The PDG-Development Grant will aid states with either small or no state preschool programs. The grants will help:

  • Develop or enhance state preschool program infrastructure; and
  • Reach and serve additional eligible children in one or more high-need communities.

PDG-Expansion Grant Overview

The PDG-Expansion Grant will support states that already have robust state preschool programs or have been awarded a Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant. These grants will help:

  • Enhance state preschool program infrastructure and quality; and
  • Reach and serve additional eligible children in two or more high-need communities.

PDG Awardees

Eighteen states received grants, totaling more than $226 million, under the Preschool Development Grants program.

Development Grants (Year One)

  • Alabama: $17,500,000
  • Arizona: $20,000,000
  • Hawaii: $2,074,059
  • Montana: $10,000,000
  • Nevada: $6,405,860

Expansion Grants (Year One)

RTT-ELC States

  • Illinois: $20,000,000
  • Maryland: $15,000,000
  • Massachusetts: $15,000,000
  • New Jersey: $17,498,115
  • Rhode Island: $2,290,840
  • Vermont: $7,231,681

Non RTT-ELC States (Year One)

  • Arkansas: $14,993,000
  • Connecticut: $12,499,000
  • Louisiana: $2,437,982
  • Maine: $3,497,319
  • New York: $24,991,372
  • Tennessee: $17,500,000
  • Virginia: $17,500,000

Additional Information

Last Reviewed: November 3, 2020