Preschool Development Grants

The Preschool Development Grant (PDG) program is a $250 million discretionary grant competition jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services. The PDG is 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.

See the 2016 PDG Annual Progress Reports (APR) here.

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.

See the 2016 PDG state reports here.

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: October 10, 2017