Input Opportunity for Federal Preschool Development Grant Application

California is eligible for a new federal grant opportunity administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Preschool Development Grant (PDG). The maximum amount a state can apply for is $15 million and the application is due November 6, 2018. Similar to the prior Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant, this is a Governor’s application and it requires Governor Brown’s signature in order to be submitted.

The PDG grants are intended to support States in their efforts to analyze the current landscape of their early learning and care mixed delivery system and implement changes to the system that maximize the availability of high-quality early learning and care options for low-income and disadvantaged families across providers and partners, improve the quality of care, streamline administrative infrastructure, and improve State-level early learning and care funding efficiencies.

The CDE and First 5 California have worked together to prepare a draft plan for the application, and are now soliciting feedback on that draft plan to inform the application. Please visit the WestEd website to view the Draft Plan at After reviewing the Draft Plan, please submit your answers to the following questions on the survey web page at

• What sector or agency do you represent?

• What is the most important outcome you would like to see if California wins this grant?

• What about this approach to the application do you like?

• What about this approach do you not like?

• As the application is developed further, is there anything specific you would like to see referenced or included?

Please complete the survey by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, October 4, 2018.

The CDE will compile stakeholder feedback to inform the development of the application – and, we hope, the implementation of a grant in 2019. Thank you for your input.


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