The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) was newly released as a competitive federal grant opportunity authorized in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). All 56 states, territories, and commonwealths were eligible to apply. At the federal government level, this is offered through the Administration for Children and Families (under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. The PDG B-5 is designed to support improvements to State's early childhood system.
The initial time frame of is 1 year, with the opportunity to apply for renewal grants up to 3 times. Grantees can use the funds for a number of activities including:
1). Needs Assessment
2). Developing a Strategic Plan
3). Maximizing parent choice and knowledge about the mixed delivery system of existing programs and providers
4). Sharing best practices among early childhood education program providers in the state to increase collaboration and efficiency of services.
5). Improving overall quality of early childhood education programs in the state.
Iowa applied for the PDG B-5 Grant as has been funded for a one-year project. This project will focus on a integrated administrative data system (IDS). These activities will be implemented to better understand gaps in existing programs, particularly for vulnerable and under served children. Information managed through the IDS will also be used to improve professional practice and raise the overall quality of our early childhood mixed-delivery system.
The logic model for Iowa's PDG B-5 Grant is pictured below:
For general information on this grant program, visit the First Five Years Fund.
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