About Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five
California’s Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG) articulates a vision for the state’s early learning and care (ELC) system: Children age birth through five, their families, and communities will thrive through an effective and impactful ELC mixed delivery system that is efficiently connected to additional child, family, and program supports. To learn more about the federal PDG requirements, please visit the Administration for Children and Families website.
To achieve this vision, California is utilizing the PDG to strengthen its current ELC system in several foundational ways. The strategic investments implemented through the grant will allow the State to sustainably accelerate program and systems change at scale for its birth through five population, their families, and the providers who work with them.
The PDG organizational chart (PDF) provides additional information about California’s project partners. The CDE is working in partnership with several national, state, and local organizations to implement the five federally required PDG activity areas:
Activity One: Develop Birth Through Five Statewide Needs Assessment and Robust Statewide Needs Assessment Capacity
Activity Two: Create a Detailed and Innovative Birth Through Five Strategic Plan
Activity Three: Maximize Parental Choice and Knowledge
Activity Four: Sharing Best Practices Among State Early Learning and Care Providers