Preschool Development Grants B-5 Strategic Plan Requirements
The new PDG B-5 grants assist States to develop, update, or implement a strategic plan that facilitates collaboration and coordination among existing programs of early childhood care and education in a mixed delivery system across the State, designed to prepare low-income and disadvantaged children to enter kindergarten, and to improve transitions from such system into the local educational agency or elementary school that enrolls such children by:
more efficiently using existing Federal, State, local, and non-governmental resources to align and strengthen the delivery of existing programs;
coordinating the delivery models and funding streams existing in the State's mixed delivery system; and
developing recommendations to better use existing resources in order to improve the overall participation of children in a mixed delivery system of Federal, State, and local early childhood care and education programs, improving program quality while maintaining availability of services, expanding parental choice and knowledge about existing programs, and enhancing school readiness for children from low-income and disadvantaged families, including during such children's transition into elementary school.