Colorado Shines Brighter (PDG B-5)
Colorado Shines Brighter is Colorado's Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) opportunity.
In September, the US Administration for Children and Families released the Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five PDG B-5. The PDG B-5 grants support states in their efforts to analyze the current landscape of their early childhood education mixed delivery system and implement changes to the system that maximize the availability of high-quality early childhood care and education options for low-income and disadvantaged families across providers and partners, improve the quality of care, streamline administrative infrastructure, and improve state-level early childhood care and education funding efficiencies.
The PDG B-5 provides funding for one year to complete five activities: 1) develop or update a comprehensive needs assessment, 2) develop or update a statewide B-5 strategic plan, 3) maximize parent choice and knowledge, 4) share best practices, and 5) implement quality improvement strategies in response to the needs assessment and strategic plan. Activities 1 and 2 must be complete and approved by the federal government before activity 5 can begin.
The PDG B-5 does not allow states to create new early childhood programs and services. During 2019, states will be able to apply for years two through four of PDG B-5 funding.
The Office of Early Childhood submitted its application on November 5, 2018. Funding announcements for year one of the PDG B-5 will be made in December 2018.
If the Office of Early Childhood is awarded funding, we will begin robust stakeholder outreach in January of 2019.
Colorado Shines Brighter is based on the state's shared vision to ensure all children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. Sign up for updates and to learn how you can participate in Colorado Shines Brighter.