Federal Preschool Development Grant Birth-5
Ultimately, the PDG B-5 initiative will accelerate Virginia’s development of an equitable mixed delivery system that delivers stable, affordable, and quality early care and education for the state’s families and children, particularly those who are most vulnerable and will benefit the most. In doing so, Virginia seeks to make significant progress toward the prioritized outcome of preparing children for kindergarten, putting them on track for success in school and in life. Read full press release here. The School Readiness Committee will provide guidance to the PDG effort, especially through an Impact Workgroup.
STATEWIDE NEEDS ASSESSMENT and DRAFT STRATEGIC PLAN – NEWLY RELEASED
Through the PDG B-5 grant, Virginia seeks to understand the current state of early care and education and what it will take to provide children with quality care, support, and a strong start in life. Key activities of the grant include the production of a statewide needs assessment and a strategic plan to inform efforts to improve equitable access to quality early care and education for children ages birth to five in Virginia. Both resources, announced by the Governor on August 8, 2019, were developed with input from a broad range of stakeholders and with guidance from the School Readiness Committee and its Impact Workgroup.
The Strategic Plan is in draft form and is open for stakeholder comment through August 31, 2019. Please send all comments and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.