The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Early Childhood Education (ECE) believes that every family should have an opportunity to choose a high quality early and care and education setting that promotes positive development of their child. Scientists, economists, and educators recognize research suggests early care and education beginning at birth is an investment that pays dividends as children enter kindergarten, move through the early elementary grades, transition to college or a career, and become adult citizens in their community. Families that choose early care and education programs for their children do so for a variety of reasons and should have options for programs that are high quality, are available where families live and work, and are affordable.
In December 2022, Arizona was awarded the Preschool Development Grant Birth-5 (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant. This is a 3-year grant with a total of $42 million in funding. Grant initiatives include increasing access to high quality early learning programs for children Birth-5 years old, building early childhood educator capacity, supporting family engagement, and increasing inclusive settings for children with disabilities. Arizona's PDG Application outlines the priorities and goals of the grant and the official federal announcement highlights PDG B-5 allocations by state.
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Your organization must have an active SAM.gov registration prior to submitting a Preschool Development Grant B-5 (PDG B-5) application. Upon successful completion of a SAM.gov registration, a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number will be issued to your organization.
The SAM.gov UEI registration process can take up to 10 business days to complete.
The PDG is a cost-reimbursement grant, a type of grant under which ADE ECE will reimburse the sub-grantee for work performed and/or costs incurred by the sub-grantee up to the total amount specified in the grant and contingent upon allowable use of funds. PDG reimbursement requests will be made using the ADE electronic GME System. For frequently asked questions, documentation, and fiscal processes associated with the Grants Management Enterprise system, please visit the interactive Grants Management Resource Library.
PDG Slot Funding Awardees can use the following document templates for enrollment and monitoring.
The following sites have been awarded the PDG Grant. These sites will utilize the grant to provide high-quality infant, toddler, and/or preschool programing to their communities' youngest learners. Congratulations to the PDG awardees!!
Awarded Site City
A Kiddie's Kingdom
A New Leaf Phoenix Day
Aleph Bet Preschool & Kindergarten
Alhambra Elementary District/Cordova Elementary School
Arcoiris Early Learning
Benson Primary School
Building Blocks Childcare
Colorado City Unified District/ Cottonwood Elementary
Creighton Elementary District/ Gateway
Creighton Elementary District/ Larry C Kennedy
De Colores Daycare, LLC
Estrellita Child Care Center, LLC
Immanuel Care for Children
Lil' Einsteins Academy LLC
San Tan Valley
Little Scooters Preschool LLC
Maine Consolidated School District
Page Unified School District #8
Preschool Express, LLC
Sage Child Development Center, LLC
Skull Valley Elementary District
Tolleson Elementary District/ Desert Oasis
Treehouse Kid's Club
Treehouse Preschool, Inc
Valley of the Sun YMCA/ Chris-Town
Valley of the Sun YMCA/ Lincoln
Valley of the Sun YMCA/ Maryvale
Yuma Elementary District/ Mary Otonodo Elementary
The official announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Early Childhood Development regarding PDG awards can be found on the HHS Website.