Preschool Development Birth Through Five Initial Grant Awarded

FCCAM has just received word that Maine’s Department of Education (DOE) was awarded $1,011,080 for their Preschool Development Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant application.

Reading through the purpose and structure of this grant award, it is clear that family child care programs are an important part of the child care structure and stakeholders in the work ahead. FCCAM was on one of the initial conference calls discussing ideas for this application. We will remain in contact with DOE as the work progresses.

·         Develop, update, or implement a strategic plan—based on what is learned from their thorough, statewide B-5 needs assessmentthat facilitates collaboration and coordination among existing programs of early childhood care and education within a statewide mixed-delivery system to prepare low-income and disadvantaged infants, toddlers, and young children to enter kindergarten.

·         More efficiently use existing federal, state, local, and nongovernmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs; coordinate delivery models and funding streams within the state’s or territory’s mixed-delivery system; and develop recommendations to better use existing resources.

·         Encourage partnerships among Head Start programs, child care and preK providers, state and local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, private entities (including faith- and community-based entities), and school systems.

·         Improve transitions between early childhood and school systems.

·         Maximize parental choice and knowledge about the state’s and territory’s mixed-delivery system of early childhood education program providers.

The grant performance period will run from December 31, 2018, through December 30, 2019. Maine will also have the opportunity to apply for a renewal grant prior to the end of 2019.

Maine was one of the 45 states and territories who received a PDG B-5 Initial Grant award at the end of December. Here are the other New England state grant awards:

State of Vermont$3,363,695
Massachusetts Executive Office of Education$1,801,346
Rhode Island Department of Human Services$4,194,057
Connecticut Office of Early Childhood$8,591,087