Preschool Development Grant

Minnesota's Preschool Development Birth through 5 grant focuses on supporting families with young children who are experiencing racial, geographic, and economic inequities so they can be born healthy and thrive within their families and community. The $4,705,605 one-year planning grant runs from December 31, 2018, to December 30, 2019.

The grant supports the state’s vision by aligning and coordinating multiple systems to help families with young children (prenatal to age 5) navigate through the system more efficiently.
The grant is a partnership between the Minnesota departments of Education, Health, Human Services, along with the Children’s Cabinet. The grant allows Minnesota to address suggestions from the report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor. Grant funding will be used to conduct a needs assessment in partnership with communities most impacted and develop a strategic plan to facilitate collaboration and coordination among existing early childhood programs and services in a comprehensive system. Funds will also be used to improve transitions, encourage partnerships and build a highly skilled and diverse workforce.
Preschool Development Grant Manager, Amanda Varley, presented an overview of the grant at the April 2019 Prenatal to Three Conference, which can be viewed on You Tube starting at minute 14:43.

Renewal Grant

All states awarded a one-year planning grant are eligible to apply for a preschool development renewal grant to implement plans from the planning year. States can apply for the funding between August - October 2019. The grant is competitive. States awarded a renewal grant will require a 30 percent state match, and must include a plan to award sub-grants.

Save the Date

As part of the Preschool Development Grant the departments of Education, Health, Human Services, along with the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet invite partners and stakeholders to attend the training, Acknowledging the Role of Implicit Bias as a Barrier to Reaching ALL Children conducted by Dr. Rosemarie Allen. Dr. Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly 40 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is also the President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity and Excellence. In 2012, Dr. Allen was appointed a Global Leader for Young Children by the World Forum on Early Care and Education. Additional details and a link to register will be coming soon.

*Please note: There are two separate save-the-date invitations. Each training is geared towards a different audience.

  • The December 2 training is a one-day training geared towards those making policy, program and funding decisions impacting children and families, including: legislators, funders, advocates, government staff, faculty, and more.
  • The December 3-4 training is a two-day training geared towards those working directly with providers, children and families, including: Head Start staff, school district staff, coaches, home visitors, child care providers and more.

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