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Child Care and Early Learning Programs

Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five


The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program plays an essential role in ensuring state child care and early learning systems are as effective and efficient as possible.

States use federal PDG B-5 grants to make child care and early learning programs better, building much-needed infrastructure and aligning multiple systems and agencies.

This critical funding helps states provide millions of children and working families with access to high-quality child care and early learning that can help set them on a strong path for success.

These competitive federal grants: 

  • Help states improve quality and safety across child care programs.
  • Improve state collaboration across multiple child care and early learning programs, systems, and agencies to identify what’s working, what’s not, and what to do about it.
  • Assist states in collecting data, so they can make programs work more effectively and efficiently.

Current Funding Level: PDG is funded at $315 million for FY2024, which is level funding from FY2023.



PDG B-5: The Program Overview

April 23, 2024

The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) program is a $315 million competitive federal grant designed to improve states’ early childhood systems by building upon existing federal, state …


Blog Series: How States are Using PDG B-5 Grants

August 23, 2023

The BUILD Initiative, ZERO TO THREE, and Start Early, recently released a new set of briefs highlighting the strategies states are using to improve child care in their Preschool Development …


The First Five Things To Know About: Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five (PDG B-5)

July 20, 2023

Today, 26.8 million people in the workforce – or one out of every six – rely on child care so they can work or go to school. Child care is …


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STATEMENT: FFYF Statement on Proposed FY25 Funding Levels for Child Care and Early Learning Programs

June 27, 2024

WASHINGTON – This morning, the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies held a markup on proposed funding levels for child care and early learning …


ED and HHS Urge States to Make Headway on Mixed Delivery Preschool

March 1, 2024

Earlier this week, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released a joint Dear Colleague letter urging leaders to work with local education agencies (LEAs) …

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