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​Preschool Development Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has been awarded a Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) grant of $10.5 million for December 2018 - December 2019. Pennsylvania’s new grant is one of 45 announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The PDG B-5 provides Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learnings (OCDEL) an opportunity to accelerate bold goals for systems-building. By leveraging this grant opportunity to build infrastructure and move forward OCDEL’s strategic plan, Pennsylvania’s young children, families, and early learning providers will see benefits of this initial year of funding during 2019.

The priority populations for initiatives funded by the PDG are: 

  • infants and toddlers,
  • vulnerable children, 
  • children transitioning to kindergarten, 
  • migrant families, 
  • children with special need, and
  • the ECE workforce.

Pennsylvania’s grant application was created with OCDEL’s vison, mission and goals in mind, as well as feedback from various stakeholders. The one year of grant funding with be utilized for continued collaborations and coordination of various initiatives and offices within the commonwealth. In addition, the lessons learned from the (YEAR) initial year of funding will be utilized to frame the grant continuation application that Pennsylvania will submit for funding to support years two through four. 

For more information about the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the programs available for families with young children, visit the PA Department of Education Early Learning page.