In December of 2018, 45 States/Territories received a Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Initial Grant Award from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education (Departments).
The PDG B-5 grants, which differ significantly from the previous Preschool Development Grants, are designed to fund states to conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment followed by in-depth strategic planning, while enhancing parent choice and expanding the current mixed delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings, including child care centers and home-based child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start, state pre-kindergarten, and home visiting service providers across the public, private and faith-based sectors.
Because of the number of high–quality applications received, most budgets of winning applicants were reduced by 29%. Maryland received $10.6 million, one of the highest awards. The grant performance period will run from December 31, 2018 through December 30, 2019. States and Territories that receive this grant award will also be given the opportunity to apply for Renewal Grants prior to the end of 2019.
Below is Maryland’s original submitted application and appendices. The Departments are currently reviewing all states revised budgets and plans given the reduced funding amounts. Therefore, Maryland may not be able to implement all projects included in their application.
Maryland’s grant will help the State develop a plan to better utilize existing federal, state, local, and non-governmental resources to improve delivery of services, as well as to increase the number of children in high quality programs. Specifically, the grant will allow Maryland to:
- Hold nine regional Town Halls as part of a Prenatal to Age 5 needs assessment for the delivery of childcare services, focusing on the State’s most vulnerable children.
- Provide funding for all 24 local Early Childhood Advisory Councils.
- Provide training and coaching for nearly 200 early childhood educators on Maryland’s new integrated curriculum for 4-year-olds.
- Modernize its early childhood data system.
- Support the expansion of the Maryland EXCELS program, a voluntary quality rating system for childcare programs.
- Develop an inventory of early childhood education programs at Maryland higher education institutions.
- Invest in family engagement activities.
- Provide grants for libraries to support children without access to early childhood programs.
Maryland’s new grant is initially for a single year, but MSDE intends to apply for a three-year renewal grant.