NM submits Preschool Development Grant Birth - 5

November 6, 2018

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

The Early Learning NM team submitted the PDG B-5 application on Nov 06, 2018  

NM PDG B-5 Application (11/06/18)

This application was submitted as part of an exciting funding opportunity from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.  Funding under the Preschool Development Grant Birth To Five (PDG B-5), 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 the families.

Figure 1 Theory of Change:

The PDG B-5 application was submitted for $7.5 million and includes the following activities:

Activity 1. Statewide Birth - 5 Needs Assessment

  • Assess early learning services available by geographic area to children and families and the workforce data through enhancements to NM-ECIDS (Early Childhood Integrated Data System)
  • Assess early learning systems components, including: state-level governance; local early learning collaboratives; workforce capacity; and funding streams and options, in order to provide early learning services to scale in New Mexico. This assessment will include community engagement with stakeholders, research and learning from the experience of other states.

Activity 2. Statewide Birth - 5 Strategic Plan

  • Utilize the needs assessment information and data to develop a 3-year strategic plan with community input and collaboration with the Governor's Early Learning Advisory Council 
  • Activity 3. Maximizing Parent Knowledge and Choice
    Statewide early learning media campaign with website, PSAs, print and social media
    Expanding the 'Resource and Referral' system to include a web portal, where parents can search, map and locate services from any of NM's early learning programs
    Pilot of a tool to promote effective parent engagement
    Provide statewide parent leadership training

Activity 4. Sharing Best Practices with Early Learning Providers

  • Increase training / workforce development on best practices, incl: coaching in 'Family Guided Routines-Based Intervention'; infant & early childhood mental health consultation; evidence-based early literacy and math; and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction
  • Develop video exemplars to share best practices

Activity 5. Improving Overall Quality of Early Learning Services

  • Expand coaching through use of cloud-based video technology
  • Quality improvement for early learning providers through consultation, support and appropriate use of materials
  • Provide early learning leadership development