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Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Grant Competition

Published: August 23, 2018
Categories:
Program Administration
Types:
Conference Call

The attached 8 page PDG B-5 FOA Q&A document reflects questions received over the past weeks since the release of the PDG B-5 FOA – and the answers are a compilation of responses to those questions, so that all states might benefit.

Recently the ACF Office of Child Care and the U.S. Department of Education held a webinar about the new Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five Grant (PDG B-5) competition.

Link to Webinar Recording

Link to webinar materials

Link to the FOA

Information about the PDG B-5 FOA:

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been modified to extend the application deadline for North Carolina and South Carolina to no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 due to the devastating effects caused by Hurricane Florence.

The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) has been modified to extend the application deadline for Florida and Georgia to no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 due to the devastating effects caused by Hurricane Michael.

The Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five Funding Opportunity Announcement has been modified to extend the application deadline for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam to no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday November 20, 2018 due to the impact of Super Typhoon Yutu.

The application deadline for all other States will remain no later than 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

This Initial one-year grant differs significantly from the Preschool Development Grants that are presently funded. The PDG B-5 grant targets comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment, strategic planning, parent choice and knowledge about mixed delivery systems, and sharing best practices prior to implementation of any quality initiatives states identify in a strategic plan developed based on what is learned from their thorough, statewide B-5 needs assessment.

The purposes of the PDG B-5 Initiative are 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 in a mixed delivery system across the state designed to prepare low-income and disadvantaged children to enter kindergarten and to improve transitions from such system into the local educational agency or elementary school
  • more efficiently use existing federal, state, local, and non-governmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs, coordinating the delivery models and funding streams existing in the state's mixed delivery system; and develop recommendations to better use existing resources
  • encourage partnerships among Head Start, childcare and pre-k providers, state and local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, private entities (including faith- and community- based entities), and local educational agencies
  • maximize parental choice and knowledge about the State’s mixed delivery system of early childhood education program providers

We invite State innovation in planning, designing, enhancing, implementing, and evaluating their early childhood care and education mixed delivery system that will support the healthy growth and development of all infants, toddlers, and young children, particularly low-income and disadvantaged children.

States are strongly encouraged to engage and develop their application jointly with a full range of early childhood stakeholders, including partners at the local community level. Coordination with partners should incorporate parent input and reflect system design and development that best meets the needs of families and their children.

Applicants must submit a letter on official letterhead, signed by the Governor or an authorized representative, designating the State entity that will have responsibility for execution of this grant. This letter must include a description of why the State entity selected is best suited to easily and successfully oversee and manage the grant, and facilitate collaboration and coordination among the full range of programs, services, and funding streams, thereby leading to the improvement of an early childhood care and education mixed delivery system serving children from birth through age five. Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully read the entire funding opportunity announcement.

Last Reviewed: November 1, 2018