Posted by Michelle Thomas, TCC Senior Policy Advisor
On November 6, 2018, States and Territories submitted their applications for, Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5). The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in consultation with the Department of Education (ED) is expected to a total of $250M to successful applicants.
The goal of the PDG B-5 grant is to empower states as they facilitate strategic collaboration and coordination among early childhood care and education programs in a mixed delivery system. States may pursue a range of activities as outlined in this announcement to align and strengthen existing funding streams, coordinate delivery models, improve the use of existing resources, encourage partnerships among providers and stakeholders, and maximize parental choice in a mixed delivery system.
Data is a Key Component to Sustainability
States are working hard to implement data solutions that give them the information needed to make effective policy decisions and sustainable investment decisions. However, the early childhood mixed service delivery landscape makes it a challenge to collect, aggregate and analyze data about:
- Who is delivering services?
- What services are being delivered?
- Where are the services being delivered?
- Who is receiving services? How long do they receive services?
- Do public investments result in positive outcomes?
I look forward to finding out how States are taking this opportunity to revisit their vision for data system solutions that will effectively support and sustain the intended outcomes of these grants.
Reinventing the Way States Collect and Use Data
TCC developed Ascend to assist state agencies with managing multiple aspects of early childhood programs. Our early childhood subject matter experts drove the requirements and development process. The result is a flexible system that grows with your State.
To learn more about TCC and our Early Childhood Solutions, please visit our website http://e-tcc.com/early-childhood.