Preschool Development Grant
Minnesota’s Preschool Development Birth through Five grant works to remove barriers so families with young children can access life-changing early childhood programs. In partnership with the Minnesota Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, along with the Children’s Cabinet, the grant aims to align education and care systems across the state. By investing in early childhood now means stronger communities in the future.
The Preschool Development Grant contains two phases:
Planning Grant: Needs Assessment and Community EngagementThe needs assessment and community engagement events took place December 2018 through December 2019 as part of the Preschool Development Planning Grant.
Through a partnership with communities most affected, a needs assessment was completed and used to create a strategic plan. The strategic plan helped set up priorities for the next phase. Results from this phase include:
- Early Childhood Data Use Workgroup
- Parent communication strategies
- Transitions from prekindergarten to Kindergarten
- Multilingual learner supports
- Trauma-informed toolkit
- Marketing for recruitment and retention of the early childhood workforce website and brochure.
- Parent Aware future directions
- Mental health consultation
- Improving the training system
- Embedding additional Knowledge and Workforce Competencies
- State staff equity training
Renewal Grant: Make Improvements and Continue Community EngagementBeginning in January 2020 and ending December 31, 2022, the Preschool Development Grant will focus on areas identified as priories by communities most affected.
The focus will be aligning and coordinating Minnesota’s multiple systems to better serve families. During this phase, Minnesota will continue community engagement with key stakeholders. Priorities are:
- Fund Help Me Connect, a centralized system to directly connect families and those working with families to resources. It will also serve as a direct referral to programs and services.
- Invest in community solutions to community-identified challenges, prioritizing people of color and American Indians.
- Pilot 6-10 local, cross-agency hubs to use as a prevention strategy and to test Help Me Connect.
- Increase information sharing between state agencies and explore ways families can apply to multiple state programs through one application. Focus will be on coordinating edibility and services for families.
- Early childhood workforce supports
- Update needs assessment and strategic plan in 2022 to guide future work.
Preschool Development Grant Guiding Principles - 1/11/21
Summary that defines the guiding principles of the Preschool Development Grant work: Racial Equity, Trauma and Healing Informed, Intersectionality, Interagency Collaboration, Geographic Responsiveness, Whole Family Systems, and Belonging and Inclusion.
Preschool Development Grant Timeline - 1/6/21
Summary of Preschool Development Grant projects. Includes milestones and future activities.
Grant Work Summary Documents
Bridging State Agencies for Coordinated Care
The Preschool Development Grant is a collaboration of state agencies and committees. This document shows how the departments of Education, Health, and Human Services, along with the Children's Cabinet, work together to meet the grant's goals.
Preschool Development Grant Strategic Plan
This document is Minnesota’s strategic plan to meet requirements of the Preschool Development Grant.
Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five Program Performance Evaluation
This document is Minnesota’s program performance evaluation plan to meet requirements of the Preschool Development Grant and provide a plan for evaluation in the strategic plan.
Preschool Development Grant Needs Assessment
This document is Minnesota’s comprehensive needs assessment to meet requirements of the Preschool Development Grant.
Principles of Community Engagement
This document summarizes lessons learned from the Preschool Development Grant on best practices in conducting community engagement.
Community Needs Assessment Findings for Preschool Development Grant
This document is the final report on findings from the community engagement portion of the Preschool Development Grant needs assessment.
Preschool Development Grant 2020-22 Strategic Plan Summary
This document provides a summary of the 2020-22 Preschool Development Grant Strategic Plan. Translations in Hmong, Spanish and Somali will be made available December 2019.
Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five (PDG B-5) Overview
The Preschool Development Grant Overview summarizes activities that will be conducted through the planning grant period. This document is designed to be used as a handout with stakeholders.
Frequently Asked Questions – Preschool Development Grant
Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five (PDG B-5) Project Description
The Preschool Development Grant Birth-Five (PDG B-5) Project Description is Minnesota’s application for federal funding. The document outlines the state’s proposed activities, timelines and budget. Note that the state was awarded less than application so activities and budgets are subject to change.
Press Releases and Presentations
Preschool Development Grant Overview - 2/9/21
A 22-minute presentation covering the general goals and activities of Minnesota’s Preschool Development Grant.
Help Me Connect Information Session - 10/29/20
Minnesota Help Me Connect is an online navigator designed to help providers connect pregnant individuals and families with young children (birth – 8 years old) with services available in their local communities. This webinar discusses the history, development, and the launch of the Help Me Connect navigator. To request a copy of the slides, contact HelpMeConnect@state.mn.us.
Planning Grant Overview
Young Multilingual Children in Minnesota
This report explores parent perceptions of children’s language development, family engagement practices and decision-making about early care and education.
Educator Best Practices for Supporting Multilingualism
This resource provides tips for educators to support the home language in their program, to support multilingual families, advocate for multilingualism and provides approaches to teaching multilingual learners.
Report: A Marketing Plan for Effectively Communicating with Parents
This marketing plan spells out what state agencies and their contractors must do to effectively communicate with all parents and how to go about doing it.
Report: Exploring and Developing Communication Strategies with Parents
Preschool Development Grant funds supported the creation of this report to increase culturally relevant parent involvement practices through effective communication strategies. Wilder Research found three primary themes: trust, two-way communication, and technology.
Preschool Development Grant Project Updates - September 2019
Project-by-project updates for grant activities beyond the community-based needs assessment and the strategic plan. Each project may be printed as a standalone handout.
Renewal Grant Overview
PDG Creating Connections for Minnesota Families
Outline of the Preschool Development Grant commitments to coordinating eligibility and services for children and families in Minnesota.
Help Me Connect
This document provides an overview of progress on Help Me Connect navigator to date and next steps.
Renewal Grant Summary
Minnesota was awarded a renewal grant to continue the work of the Preschool Development Planning Grant. This summary includes activities within the proposal to be implemented between December 31, 2019 – December 30, 2022.
Minnesota Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Birth-Five (B-5) Renewal Grant
Minnesota Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Birth-Five (B-5) Renewal Grant is Minnesota’s application for federal funding. The state was awarded this three-year $26.7 million federal grant beginning December 31, 2019. The document outlines the state’s proposed activities, timelines and budget. Note that the state was awarded less than application so activities and budgets are subject to change.
Tips for Parents of Young Multilingual Children - Somali
This resource provides tips for parents in supporting home language development in Somali.
Tips for Parents of Young Multilingual Children - Spanish
This resource provides tips for parents in supporting home language development in Spanish.
Tips for Parents of Young Multilingual Children - Hmong
This resource provides tips for parents in supporting home language development in Hmong.
Spanish Translation: Preschool Development Grant 2020-22 Strategic Plan Summary
This document provides a summary of the 2020-22 Preschool Development Grant Strategic Plan translated to Spanish.
Somali Translation: Preschool Development Grant 2020-22 Strategic Plan Summary
This document provides a summary of the 2020-22 Preschool Development Grant Strategic Plan translated to Somali.
Hmong Translation: Preschool Development Grant 2020-22 Strategic Plan Summary
This document provides a summary of the 2020-22 Preschool Development Grant Strategic Plan translated to Hmong.