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Preschool Development Grants

PRESCHOOL GRANT RESOURCES

DATA & REPORTS

CONGRESSIONAL ACTION

In January of 2014, the FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-76) provided $250 million for Preschool Development Grants. On August 18, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education & the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the "Preschool Development Grants."

Funds are available for two types of grants: Development Grants (for states with small Pre-K programs or not State Pre-K) and Expansion Grants for states serving more than 10% of eligible children and/or a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant.  Award winners were announced on December 10, 2014.

GENERAL FUNDING OVERVIEW

Of the $250 million appropriated by Congress, $160 million is for Preschool Expansion Grants and $80 million is for Development Grants. All funds are awarded competitively. Unlike the Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership grants where communities, nonprofit and for profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and local and state governments can apply, only Governors (state governments with support of the Governor) can apply for Preschool Grants. For a list of states awarded grants, click here. To see state applications, scores, and reviewer comments, click here.


Expansion Grants:
  • Amount: $160 million
  • Award Rage: $10 million - $35 million per year (for 4 years)
  • Number of Eligible States: 36
  • To see the score sheet (including state ranking of applications) for Preschool Expansion Grant applicants in RTT-ELCG states, click here.
  • To see the score sheet (including state ranking of applications) for Preschool Expansion Grant applicants in Non-RTT-ELCG states, click here.
Development Grants:
  • Amount: $80 million
  • Award Range: $5 million - $20 million per year (for 4 years)
  • Number of Eligible States: 16
  • To see the score sheet (including state ranking of applications) for Preschool Development Grant applicants, click here.
Competitive Priorities for the Grants:
  • Using at least 50 percent of the funding to create new state preschool program slots
  • Supporting a birth through third grade continuum, and
  • Contributing matching funds

Key Criteria:
  • A full school day and not less than 5 hours per day.
  • High staff qualifications, including a teacher with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a bachelor’s degree in any field with a State-approved alternate pathway, which may include coursework, clinical practice, and evidence of knowledge of content and pedagogy relating to early childhood, and teaching assistants with appropriate credentials;
  • High quality professional development for all staff;
  • A child to instructional staff ratio of no more than 10 to 1;
  • A class size of no more than 20

HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START DATA

PRESCHOOL Grants Under Every Child Succeeds Act Reauthorization Conference Report (S. 1177)

Section 9212 of the Every Child Succeeds Act includes a new Preschool Development Grant Program.