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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 Family 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.

Collective Early Childhood Action Plan

We are pleased to unveil Michigan’s Collective Early Childhood Action Plan, which is shaped by the experiences of families, early childhood providers, and other community and state leaders. This plan represents an opportunity to strengthen connections between all aspects of the early childhood system and work collaboratively to improve young children’s learning and growth.

Michigan's Collective Early Childhood Action Plan

Michigan's Collective Early Childhood Action Plan
Attendees of the First 10 Summer Institute in Michigan August 2022

First 10 Summer Institute Held in MI

This August, First 10 held a Summer Institute in Michigan, a First 10 community. The Institute was focused on First 10 strategies and practices, sharing ideas about transition to kindergarten planning, school-connected play and learn groups, community parenting campaigns using The Basics, and joint professional learning opportunities.

First 10 partnerships bring together school districts, elementary schools, early childhood programs, and community agencies to improve the quality and coordination of education and care for young children and their families.

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.

Promoting Equitable Access to Early Literacy Supports

Find Literacy Support Network Hubs
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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:

Jonnie Taton, S.Psy.S., NCSP
Director, Early Childhood Development & Family Education 
Michigan Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Great Start
(517) 898-7857