Colorado Shines Brighter (PDG B-5)

  • Learn About Colorado Shines Brighter
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    We are excited to announce that Colorado was awarded a $5.8 million Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) from the US Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF). This funding was made available under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and is targeted to help states build a quality early learning system for children birth to 5 and their families.

    The one-year PDG B-5 project period began December 31, 2018, and will conclude December 30, 2019. The Office of Early Childhood will begin robust stakeholder outreach in January.

    Colorado's original application requested $8.1 million. The Office of Early Childhood will be submitting a revised budget in January 2019. View Colorado's PDG B-5 application (November 6, 2018).

    The PDG B-5 supports states in their efforts to analyze the current landscape of the early care and learning 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 underserved families across providers and partners; improve the quality of care; streamline administrative infrastructure; and improve state-level early childhood care and education funding efficiencies.

    Colorado Shines Brighter is Colorado's PDG B-5 opportunity. Colorado Shines Brighter is based on the state's shared vision to ensure all children are ready for school when entering kindergarten. 

    Colorado Shines Brighter is committed to the following strategies:

    Activity 1. Statewide Birth – 5 Needs Assessment

    • Build upon existing needs assessments and conduct additional research to address:
      • What do we have (current state)
      • What is enough (what do families want)
      • Where is there not enough (identify geographic areas)
      • Who is not getting enough (identify inequities in access)
      • Why is there not enough (market conditions, parental choice, cost)

    Activity 2. Statewide Birth – 5 Strategic Plan

    • Develop a 5-year strategic plan to ensure all Colorado children are ready for school when entering kindergarten by:
      • Utilizing the needs assessment information and data
      • Aligning existing state and local strategic plans and frameworks
      • Building on existing initiatives and foundational systems
      • Broadly including stakeholders across Colorado’s mixed delivery system
      • Increasing engagement in system-wide transition planning
    • Develop an Information Technology Roadmap to inform future enhancements or technology builds

    Activity 3. Maximizing Parent Choice and Knowledge

    • Build upon Colorado’s consumer education and engagement efforts by developing shared messages, training, and resources all providers can use to create a “no wrong door” entry point to early childhood and family support programs
    • Update the Colorado Early Learning & Development Guidelines to align with best practices and other standards, and create new content that addresses caregivers’ experiences and early childhood transitions

    Activity 4. Sharing Best Practices among State Early Care and Learning Providers

    • Leverage the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) Contract for Slots Pilot Project to inform statewide adoption of child care slot contracts
    • Update the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators and the Early Childhood Professional Credential
    • Develop new course offerings on the Colorado Shines Professional Development and Information System (PDIS) to enhance quality relationships and to expand use of the PDIS across the mixed-delivery system
    • Evaluate and revise the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to include indicators focused child development, outcomes, and to improve quality relationships
    • Implement the ROOTS™ Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program
    • Expand access to Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists program
    • Augment the Growing Readers Together model
    • Pilot home visiting programs (HIPPY and PAT) to licensed family child care home providers and friend, family, and neighbor caregivers

    Activity 5. Improve the Overall Quality of Early Learning and Care Programs, Providers, and Service

    • Implement enhancements to existing information technology, focusing on the Colorado Shines website
    Infographic of Colorado Shines Brighter Vision and Outcomes
  • Attend an Informational Meeting or Stakeholder Event
    Join us at the Early Childhood Leadership Committee (ECLC) Program Quality and Alignment Subcommittee meetings for Colorado Shines Brighter updates. 

    ECLC Program Quality & Alignment Subcommittee Meeting
    Friday, January 11, 2019
    9:00 am - 11:00 am
    Merle Chambers Fund 3200 Cherry Creek South Drive Suite 540 Denver, Colorado 80209
    Conference Call Information Dial: 303-839-4613, Code: *
    Contact Kristina Heyl for more information at
  • Join the Colorado Shines Brighter Team
    Colorado Shines Brighter job opportunities will be posted as they become available.

    To view other employment opportunities with the Office of Early Childhood or State of Colorado, visit the State of Colorado Job Opportunities website.
  • Apply for Grants or Contracts to Support PDG Activities
    Opportunities for organizations to support Colorado Shines Brighter as a vendor or grantee will be posted as they become available.

    Request for Applications: Preschool Development Grant Piloting Home Visiting in Licensed Family Child Care Homes & Friend, Family and Neighbor Care
    All questions must be directed to Lisa Vaughn, Office of Early Childhood Contracts Administrator, at
  • The Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five Program

    In September 2018, 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 receiving PDG B-5 grants will be able to apply for years two through four of PDG B-5 funding.

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