The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in consultation with the Department of Education, has released the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)—open September 7, 2018 and closing November 6, 2018—that solicits applications from 50 states and six territories. The new PDG B-5 grant seeks to empower state governments to develop, update, or implement a strategic plan to facilitate collaboration and coordination among early childhood care and education programs in a mixed delivery system to prepare low-income and disadvantaged children to transition into the local educational agency or elementary school. States and territories can apply for as little as $500,000 and as much as $15,000,000 for the first year of funding.
he National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL) has developed an online tutorial for families that want to learn more about supporting their child’s literacy development at home. The tutorial provides evidence-based strategies, tips, and activities to help children develop literacy skills from preschool through adolescence, all in an interactive online experience.
States' IDEA Part C and Part B, Section 619 systems have been implementing outcomes measurement systems for nearly 15 years! These data are a critical part of states’ accountability and program improvement efforts. To get a clear national picture of early intervention and preschool special education program results, national data are summarized annually by the OSEP-funded centers ECTA (Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center) and DaSy (Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems). The centers have developed new resources to present highlights from the most recent data and overall trends, including those on IDEA child outcomes for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016 and IDEA family data for FFY 2016.
ED has recently updated its website for the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive initiative. The site has a range of resources geared toward states, communities, and families interested in promoting early developmental and behavioral screenings.