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Every Student Succeeds Act/Preschool Development Grants


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
Popular Name: ESSA/Preschool Development Grants Birth-5
CFDA Number

Objectives: Section 9212 of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), PL 114-95 establishes the Preschool Development Grants (PDG). This grant initiative seeks to assist States in helping low-income and disadvantaged children enter Kindergarten prepared and ready to succeed in school and to help improve the transitions from the early care and education setting to elementary school. The overall responsibility of the ESSA PDG is to assist States in the coordination of their existing early childhood service delivery models and funding streams - for the purpose of serving more children birth through age five in a mixed delivery model. The ESSA PDG has three targeted purposes. It aims to: "(1) assist States to develop, update, or implement a strategic plan that facilitates collaboration and coordination among existing programs of early childhood care and education in a mixed delivery system across the State designed to prepare low-income and disadvantaged children to enter kindergarten and to improve transitions from such system into the local educational agency or elementary school that enrolls such children, by— (A) more efficiently using existing Federal, State, local, and non-governmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs, (B) coordinating the delivery models and funding streams existing in the State's mixed delivery system; and (C) developing recommendations to better use existing resources in order to improve-- (i) the overall participation of children in a mixed delivery system of Federal, State, and local early childhood education programs; (ii) program quality while maintaining availability of services; (iii) parental choice among existing programs; and (iv) school readiness for children from low- income and disadvantaged families, including during such children's transition into elementary school; (2) encourage partnerships among Head Start providers, State and local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, private entities (including faith- and community- based entities), and local educational agencies, to improve coordination, program quality, and delivery of services; and (3) maximize parental choice among a mixed delivery system of early childhood education program providers." [Note to 42 USC 9831(a)] The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in consultation with the Department of Education (ED) will be soliciting applications from eligible States to carry out the activities of the ESSA PDG. The new ESSA PDG program seeks to empower State governments to lead the way in leveraging Federal, State and local early care and education investments. States are not to create another early childhood program, but rather help coordinate early childhood programs and services that already exist in the State according to the identified needs of the State. The ESSA PDG is a competitive grant authorized for up to four years - a 1 year initial grant and a renewal grant of up to 3 years. Annual funding for the program is contingent upon annual Congressional appropriation. The Initial Grant requires the States to develop, update, and implement a comprehensive, Statewide, birth through five needs assessment and related strategic plan. The Renewal Grant allows States to continue activities begun with the Initial Grant and/or to carry out additional activities including the awarding of subgrants to improve the State's Early childhood care and learning mixed delivery systems and services.