Grant to support innovation for preschool education

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Posted 1/2/19

A $5.8 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) was awarded to the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood. The grant from the U.S. Department of …

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Grant to support innovation for preschool education

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A $5.8 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) was awarded to the Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families will support innovations to accelerate Colorado's efforts to ensure that all children are ready for kindergarten, CDHS announced in a news release.

The PDG B-5 program, part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, will support Colorado Shines Brighter, the state's effort to analyze the landscape of the early childhood education system through a comprehensive needs assessment and strategic planning process, according to the release.

These tools will help Colorado implement changes to the system to maximize the availability of high-quality early childhood care and education options for low-income and underserved families across providers and partners, improve the quality of care, streamline administrative infrastructure, and improve state-level early childhood care and education funding efficiencies, the release said.

“Colorado's early childhood landscape has transformed over the last several years due to local, regional, and state innovations,” Mary Anne Snyder, director of the Office of Early Childhood, said in the release. “This is an opportunity to understand how these changes affect families of young children, and to continue to improve families' access to high-quality early care and learning environments and programs that support their children's physical, social, emotional development and learning.”

The initial PDG B-5 awards provide funding for one year. States receiving PDG B-5 grants will be eligible to compete for additional funding, up to $45 million over three years.

For information about the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five and Colorado's approach, visit ColoradoOfficeOfEarlyChildhood.com.

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