Update on California’s Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five

On January 16, 2019, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction announced that the CDE, along with 44 other states and territories, was awarded a federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B–5) for $10,620,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The announcement can be found at the CDE’s News Release web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr19/yr19rel05.asp.

The PDG B–5 represents a unique opportunity to analyze California’s early learning and care (ELC) landscape and build on previous and current planning efforts to develop an actionable strategic plan for improving the state’s ELC system. In addition to funding a state needs assessment and strategic plan, the PDG B–5 will also support several projects that will help lay the foundation for systems improvements. Examples include:

  • Building Local Planning Council capacity for a more consistent, robust data collection and needs assessment process
  • Expanding parental knowledge of child development through Parent Cafés
  • Establishing a Parent Committee to inform the State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care (SAC)
  • Strengthening and streamlining Quality Counts California
  • Establishing an integrated online professional learning platform

The PDG B–5 is a one year grant through December 2019 with an opportunity to apply for additional funding. Given the short timeline to conduct the activities required under the federal grant, initial work has already begun. The first quarter has primarily focused on launching the needs assessment and strategic plan processes, as well as finalizing contracts with partner agencies. Several resources, including a PDG B–5 fact sheet and organizational chart, will soon be available for stakeholders and the general public.

There are two stakeholder surveys the public can complete to help inform the strategic planning process. Please feel free to complete both surveys at the newly launched PDG B–5 website at https://capdg.wested.org.

Please also join the CDE at the upcoming SAC meeting on May 6, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (details are available on the May 6 SAC Meeting Agenda web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ce/sacmeeting06may2019.asp) to learn more about the PDG B–5. The CDE partners, American Institutes for Research and WestEd, will be presenting on progress made so far on the PDG B–5 needs assessment and strategic plan. Members of the SAC and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Targeted surveys to inform the needs assessment an expert/stakeholder engagement series will also start by the summer.

For questions regarding the California’s PDG B–5 grant, please feel free to send an email to CAPDG.

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