New Mexico awarded $5.4 Million PDG-Birth - 5 grant

January 9, 2019

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

We are excited that New Mexico has been awarded $5.4 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families for the  Preschool Development Grant Birth To Five (PDG B-5). The PDG B-5 funding was made available under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and is targeted to help states build a quality early learning system for children birth to 5 and their families.

The Early Learning NM team (leaders from CYFD, PED and DOH) submitted the PDG B-5 application for $7.5 million and will be submitting a revised budget for the $5.4 million awarded. 

To learn more go to our Preschool Development Grant Birth - 5 webpage

“Quality early learning services for children birth to 5 play an essential role in making sure that kids enter kindergarten with the best possible foundation,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.

The PDG Birth - 5 grant provides funding to conduct a statewide needs assessment and strategic plan for early learning in New Mexico. Under the grant a statwide early learning media campaign will be developed, that will also include the ability for familes to easily search for early care and education services in their community. Funding will also be used to invest in the early childhood workforce through a variety of professional development strategies to promote evidence-based teaching and intervention strategies with our young children and families.

“This award is a great jump-start for our effort in moving our early childhood system forward,” CYFD Secretary-designate Brian Blalock said in a statement. “Education is a cornerstone, and I’m excited about this opportunity to put some funding behind analysis and planning.”

PDG B-5 Vision and theory of change: