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Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five

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Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five

Michigan is one of 20 states selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to receive Preschool Development Grant - Birth through Five (PDG B-5) renewal grant.

In 2018, Michigan received an initial PDG B-5 grant to conduct a needs assessment and strategic planning for this coordination of programs and services across the state. This $40.2 million grant will allow Michigan to begin implementation of those strategies, which will be conducted in partnership with Michigan's 54 Great Start Collaboratives, 60 Great Start Parent Coalitions, and other state agencies to ensure statewide coverage.

PDG B-5 is a $250-million competitive federal grant designed to improve states' early childhood landscape by building on existing federal, state, and local early care and learning investments.

The grants focus on three major purposes:

  • Prepare low-income and disadvantaged children to enter kindergarten and to improve transitions into school.
  • Encourage partnerships between the various providers of services prior to kindergarten and improve coordination and quality.
  • Maximize parental choice in the mixed delivery system of early childhood care and education program providers.

The Michigan Department of Education's Office of Great Start will manage the implementation of the federal funds and ensure documentation of the required 30 percent state funding match.

Participation Opportunity

Transition to Kindergarten Peer Learning Community

The Office of Great Start (OGS) has partnered with School Readiness Consulting (SRC) to provide a learning opportunity for early learning and development program leaders and school district administrators and leaders to work together to support children and families as they transition from preschool to kindergarten and to strengthen relationships between community programs and school districts. Download the flyer to learn who should participate and how to participate.

Projects, Project Evaluations, and Reports

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Literacy Support Network Hubs

Birth to Five Literacy Support Network Hubs support communities across Michigan so that children, families, and educators can have equitable access to materials, training, and other resources for literacy development.

Find Literacy Support Network Hubs
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Touchpoints is a family and child centered approach to increase vital connections between children, families, and professionals. Select a flyer for more information about Touchpoints, including registration information.

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Multilingual Learners

Find resources for multilingual learners including WIDA Early Years resources

Visit Multilingual Learners

For questions regarding the PDG B-5 grant, please contact:

Joy Milano, Ph.D.
PDG B-5 Program Manager
Office of Great Start - Early Childhood Development and Family Education

Visit the Participation Opportunities page for current focus groups, surveys, etc. to get involved.