The Department's Office of Early Learning is excited to announce that through the Preschool Development Grants (PDG) program, states have increased access to high-quality preschool programs to over 34,000 four-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families. This outcome is among many exciting and impactful data captured in the recently released 2016 PDG Progress Update (PDF, 766KB). The report summarizes trends that emerge in the program's 2016 Annual Performance Reports.
Earlier this month, the Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance program (ELCTA) released Taking on the Challenge: Building a Strong Foundation for Early Learning. This report summarizes the progress of Early Learning Challenge (ELC) program grantees across the entire duration of the program, including each of the three phases of grantees. It covers the major focus areas of ELC, which are:
- coordinated state systems;
- Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS);
- supporting the early childhood workforce;
- enhancing data systems;
- family engagement;
- strengthening local and community initiatives; and
- measuring progress, including through developmental screenings and kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs).
Alongside the report, ELCTA also released the following: