Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five (PDG B-5)

The Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five offers states a new opportunity to support babies and toddlers. ZERO TO THREE developed a series of resources to support states in including an intentional focus on infants and toddlers in their grants.

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In December of 2018, 46 states and territories received Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG B-5) funding that for the first time allowed states to include infants and toddlers. PDG B-5 offered states an opportunity to strengthen coordination of existing early childhood care and education (ECCE) services and funding streams to provide equal access to more children birth through age five. We know from science that brains are built from the bottom up. The early experiences of young children will shape the architecture of their brains in enduring ways and build the foundation – whether strong or weak – for their future development. For this reason, ZERO TO THREE strongly urged states to include an intentional focus on infants and toddlers in their PDG B-5 strategic plans.

The following resources were compiled for states as they began to conduct their needs assessments and develop strategic plans:

In addition to the resources listed above, ZTT has compiled the following lists of strategies and examples states have implemented with PDG B-5 funding to further improve systems for infants, toddlers and their families.