Policy & Funding

HHS Funds Preschool Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the 45 recipients of the Preschool Development Grants competition.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education are investing in 45 state education agencies through the Preschool Development Grants program that targets needs for children from birth to age 5 through early education learning opportunities. Each of the grants will last for one year.

The PDG B-5 initiative is designed to help state agencies develop, design, update or implement a strategic plan, based on the findings from a statewide B-5 needs assessment, that creates opportunities for collaboration and coordination among existing programs for early childhood care across the state focused on low-income and disadvantaged children to improve their transitions into kindergarten and elementary school.  The program calls for states to develop more efficient ways to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs and to create recommendations to better use existing resources.

The full list of recipients is below:

  1. Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education-$10,620,000
  2. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development-$2,617,353
  3. Arkansas Department of Human Services-$3,506,749
  4. Arizona Department of Education-$1,396,806
  5. California Department of Education-$10,620,000
  6. Colorado Department of Human Services-$5,801,793
  7. Connecticut Office of Early Childhood-$8,591,087
  8. Delaware Department of Education-$4,236,837
  9. District of Columbia Education Office-$10,620,000
  10. Florida Department of Education-$8,520,000
  11. Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning-$2,961,044
  12. Hawaii Department of Human Services-$965,530
  13. Illinois Office of the Governor-$3,702,937
  14. Indiana Family and Social Services Administration-$6,895,336
  15. Iowa Department of Management-$2,190,119
  16. Kansas Department of Education-$4,482,305
  17. Commonwealth of Kentucky-$10,620,000
  18. Louisiana Department of Education-$7,100,000
  19. Maine Department of Education-$1,011,080
  20. Maryland Department of Education-$10,618,584
  21. Massachusetts Executive Office of Education-$1,801,346
  22. Michigan Department of Education-$5,058,813
  23. Minnesota Department of Education-$4,705,603
  24. Mississippi Community College Board-$10,620,000
  25. Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services-$4,208,250
  26. Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services-$4,141,560
  27. Nevada Department of Education-$606,515
  28. University of New Hampshire-$3,843,557
  29. New Jersey Department of Children and Families-$10,620,000
  30. New Mexico Department of Children Youth and Families-$5,374,596
  31. New York Office of Children and Family Services-$8,732,006
  32. North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services-$4,486,842
  33. North Dakota Department of Public Instruction-$2,275,771
  34. Ohio Department of Job and Family Services-$10,486,896
  35. Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation, Inc-$3,116,729
  36. Oregon Department of Education-$4,257,418
  37. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-$10,553,711
  38. Rhode Island Department of Human Services-$4,194,057
  39. South Carolina Department of Social Services-$3,453,679
  40. Texas Education Agency-$1,789,455
  41. Utah Department of Workforce Services-$538,000
  42. State of Vermont-$3,363,695
  43. Virginia Department of Education-$9,900,948
  44. Virgin Islands Department of Human Services-$725,112
  45. Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families-$5,270,656

More information about the PDG B-5 initiative can be found here.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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