Vermont has been awarded a $23 million federal grant to strengthen the state’s early childhood system, support the early childhood workforce and improve the quality and availability of services for children from birth to age 5. The Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Renewal Grant will provide the state with approximately $7.7 million per year for three years (2023–2025), with $2 million of subgrants going to local communities to support mental health care for children and families, high-quality child care and family engagement along with support for the workforce required.
The award will support Vermont in improving service delivery across the early childhood system broadly, including child care, Universal Prekindergarten Education, health care, mental health care and other services and programs that support the health and well-being of Vermont children and their families.
The grant was awarded to the Vermont Agency of Human Services’ Child Development Division and will be co-directed by Building Bright Futures, the Vermont Agency of Education, the Vermont Department of Mental Health and the Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Maternal and Child Health.
Find out more about the focus of VIP B-5, the timeline, partners, and activities and access primary grant documents below.VIP B-5 Logic Model Overview of VIP B-5 Activities Read the PDG Award Press Release Submit a question about VIP B-5
Do you have a question about Vermont Integration Project: Building Integration in Vermont’s B-5 Early Childhood Systems (VIP B-5)? Please submit it here and it will be shared with the PDG Directors, who meet regularly.
VIP B-5 will allow Vermont to build on our existing infrastructure and strong partnerships to improve equitable and inclusive access and quality in our system, positively impacting child and family outcomes by:
VIP B-5 Directors Team: The following partners have agreed to designate staff to serve as the PDG Directors and Key Implementation Partners and commit to carrying out their collaborative roles and responsibilities in the grant to strengthen systems and supports for young children and families.
The Director’s Team will be responsible for communication; public-private partnerships to execute grant activities; monitoring, reporting, and evaluation; and securing match funds.
Vermont’s broad early childhood system stakeholders: The majority of the projects outlined below will require stakeholder participation in many forms including the execution of $2M of subgrants to enhance quality and expand access in each year of the grant.
At the end of 2018, Vermont’s Child Development Division of the Department for Children and Families applied for and was awarded a federal grant known as the Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5). The grant funds DCF and several partners (including BBF) in achieving four key goals:
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