On Friday, January 4, 2019 the Administration for Children and Families Office of Child Care (OCC) announced winners of Preschool Development Birth through Five Grant awards. There were 45 states and territories awarded a grant. Awardees and the amount of each grant award are listed below (Source: 1/4/19 OCC email notification).

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

There was a wide range of funding amounts, with the highest grants over $10 million. The email from OCC also reports that the grant period is December 31, 2018 through December 30, 2019. As we described in a blog post last month, Strengthening Early Learning Systems through Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five, the grant framework is broad and covers a range of activities.

Congratulations to all states and territories that were awarded a grant! This will be a fast-moving opportunity to execute activities that will lay the groundwork for improvements to services for young children and families. As you finalize the terms of your grant agreement, it will be important to consider the resources available to you to implement grant activities. We recommend finalizing work plans and timelines. Start with what you developed for your grant proposal and modify to reflect any changes that resulted from grant negotiations. Reconvene your planning team and review the implementation and oversight components you laid out in your proposal. Now is the time to dig into a greater level of detail with your planning (setting specific timelines, identifying capacity or expertise needs, finalizing RFPs, etc.). This 1-year grant is a quick turnaround, and we strongly recommend having a taskmaster or team to oversee all activities. States and territories awarded this initial grant will be eligible for future Preschool Development Renewal Grants, and successful implementation this year will be foundational for what’s to come.

Does your state need assistance coordinating, facilitating, or implementing grant activities? Foundations for Families team members provide expert, tailored services and technical assistance to clients at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Our team embraces a custom approach to addressing challenges that begins with understanding and exploring the uniqueness of each client’s needs. Learn more about our consulting services and our specific PDG B-5 grant support.

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