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 on Nov 06, 2018. Note: the grant application was submitted for $7.5 million and submited a revised budget for the $5.4 million awarded.
NM's PDG B-5 Theory of Change:
The PDG B-5 application includes the following activities:
Activity 1. Statewide Birth - 5 Needs Assessment
- Assess early learning services available by geographic area to children and families and data regarding the early childhood workforce 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 as well as 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, including 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 practices.
- 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 consulation, support and appropriate use of materials.
- Provide early learning leadership development.
The Early Learning NM team has received techenical assistance from the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and Lori Coners-Tadros Ph.D. helped us facilitate an initial meeting with stakeholders to gain input into New Mexico's potential grant application.
Here is a link to a site that has a number of resources that were used in the development of NM's application that are related to building a strong state early learning system: