Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant

PDG B-5 Renewal Opportunity Overview

Vermont is applying for the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant through the Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Agency of Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Division will be the lead agency, in close partnership with the other agencies, departments, and divisions supporting children and families, as well as organizations and entities from across the early childhood system.

The PDG Renewal award is designed to support states in coordinating and aligning existing programs within the state’s early childhood care and education (ECE) mixed delivery system and the broader early childhood system birth through third grade. The purposes of both the PDG B-5 Initial and Renewal Grants are focused on strengthening the state’s integrated ECE system to prepare low-income and disadvantaged children to enter kindergarten and improve their transitions across early childhood into the early elementary grades; increasing program operating and cost efficiencies; expanding parental choices and involvement; and ensuring families are linked to the full range of needed services. Through this renewal grant, states are encouraged to focus on objectives that were elevated in the previous planning grant or have arisen during the COVID-19 pandemic based on data, research, or a needs assessment, with a focus on breaking down barriers and improving access to higher quality early childhood services.

Required Activities

  • Activity 1: Update Comprehensive Statewide, B-5 Needs Assessment
  • Activity 2: Update Statewide B-5 Strategic Plan
  • Activity 3: Maximize Parent and Family Engagement in the B-5 System
  • Activity 4: Support the B-5 Workforce and Disseminate Best Practices
  • Activity 5: Support Program Quality Improvement
  • Activity 6: Subgrants to Enhance Quality and Expand Access to Existing and New Programs

Throughout all activities, data, monitoring, evaluation, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Governance are required.

Grant Approach

Priorities: The following overarching priorities and approaches should be considered when designing the program:

  • The program should be designed to improve services for low-income and disadvantaged children and those living in rural areas, and to consider and align all available funding streams in the state to maximize the proposed program’s impact.
  • Consider any COVID-19 implications as it determines how best to build upon and improve its early childhood system, given the current realities within the state.
  • Support the early childhood workforce through such efforts as:
    • Compensation initiatives
    • Provision of ongoing practice-based mentoring, coaching, and professional development
    • Resources to help access credentials and degrees
    • Support the career development and improve the training and experience of staff
    • Development or expansion of the Child Care Health Consultant workforce
    • Provision of health supports, including mental health
  • Promote an integrated B-5 ECCE system
  • Promote ECCE program sustainability
  • Expand meaningful community and family engagement and leadership
  • Ensure inclusion of children with, or at risk of, disabilities
  • Address suspensions, expulsions, and other exclusionary practices
  • Incorporate trauma-informed approaches
  • Develop and implement coordinated application, eligibility, and enrollment systems
  • Alignment with Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) activities
  • Support effective and appropriate transitions
  • Build infant-toddler care capacity
  • Provide services to underserved children
Read the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (9.12.22 Version)

PDG Planning Grant (2019)

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:

  • A needs assessment and strategic planning for Vermont’s early childhood system. Read the Final report or watch the Needs Assessment and Strategic Vision webinar here.
  • Enhanced collaboration and coordination among early care and education providers in a mixed-delivery system
  • More parent choice and knowledge about the early care and education programs
  • Sharing best practices and incremental improvements to the early care and education system
Find out more about the 2019 PDG Planning Grant

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