Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC (ACS) is pleased to share that Michigan, Oregon, and Louisiana were selected to receive Preschool Development Grant – Birth through Five (PDG B-5) renewal grants to implement their early childhood strategic plans that were developed in 2019. To date, twenty states were selected out of 45 applicants.
In addition, Idaho was one of six states to receive a one-year planning grant to complete needs assessments and strategic plans. The Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children is a long-term client of ACS and was integral to the success of this grant application.
The goal of $275 million PDG B-5 grant program is to help states: maximize parental choice, improve transitions within early learning and care programs, and improve the overall quality of programs. These goals are intended to improve states’ existing early childhood landscapes by building upon active federal, state, and local early care and learning investments. PDG B-5 was established in 2015 through the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The grant is administrated by the Administration for Children and Families in coordination with the Department of Education. More information about grant awards can be found at the First Five Years Fund.
In 2019, Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC (ACS) assisted several states that received planning grants and provided national technical assistance webinars. ACS looks forward to helping states with their PDG B-5 grants and ensuring all families have access to quality early childhood services.