Indiana Preschool Development Grant PDG

Preparing for the Future: Indiana's Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Work

In 2019, Indiana’s early childhood community is embarking on a comprehensive systems-building process to improve early learning through a recently awarded Preschool Development Grant. We’re looking deeply at critical factors that make or break an birth to pre-K system. And we’re exploring how Indiana can do more to give every child access to great opportunities.

We’re building a brighter future for our early learning system by looking at five key areas.

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Understanding Indiana’s Needs

We will harness information in a way that allows Indiana to better understand how to create a unified system that prepares its youngest learners for successful lifelong transitions.
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Creating a Strategic Plan

We will work across the agencies, organizations and local communities to put the needs of families first, and to address alignment and coordination of programs and services for the expansion of the Indiana’s pre-K system while building a robust early education system for infants and toddlers.
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Maximizing Parental Choice & Knowledge

We will ensure that more families have the information they need to make the best choices for their children. And that children, in turn, have the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.
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Sharing Best Practices Among Early Childhood & Education Providers

We will harness information in a way that allows Indiana to better understand how to create a unified system that prepares its youngest learners for successful lifelong transitions.
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Improving Quality

We will work across the agencies, organizations and local communities to put the needs of families first, and to address alignment and coordination of programs and services for the expansion of the Indiana’s pre-K system while building a robust early education system for infants and toddlers.
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Professional Development Options through the Preschool Development Grant

With the Support of the Indiana Preschool Development Grant (PDG), Early Learning Indiana created asynchronous, online training modules designed for for mid-career and experienced early childhood professionals.

The latest reports from the Preschool Development Grant.

Read, view, and explore the reports below.

All Reports
Understanding Indiana’s Needs
Creating a Strategic Plan
  • Activating Leaders to Advance Early Learning: Local Leadership Cadre
    January 16, 2020
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    High-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs are vital to a thriving state, its economic development and its residents’ prosperity. Despite the growing importance of the early learning sector, ECE initiatives remain fragmented and individual providers often operate in isolation, lacking the community of public policy advocates, professional service providers and other supports that surround K-12 education, health care and other industries that have similar influence on a state’s broader aims. States that have developed an effective early learning ecosystem are marked by diverse stakeholders instigating and driving progress at the program, local and state levels.
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  • Strengthening the Pathways to the Early Childhood Profession: Assessment...
    January 14, 2020
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    Across Indiana and throughout the country, there is an insufficient supply of qualified early childhood educators – an essential ingredient to providing high-quality early childhood education (ECE). Demand for ECE educators in Indiana continues to grow, yet a talent gap threatens children’s access to high-quality early learning experiences.
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  • Indiana Birth-5 Strategic Plan 2020-2022
    January 14, 2020
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    In early 2019, the State of Indiana received a Preschool Development Grant (PDG) from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Shortly thereafter, the State, through the Family and Social Services Administration’s (FSSA) Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL) convened a strategic planning committee of birth through age 5 (birth-5) stakeholders to assess the current landscape, to capture existing efforts, and to make recommendations for the next three years and beyond. This strategic plan document is the output of this convening to develop the State of Indiana’s comprehensive strategic plan across all agencies in the birth-5 service array1 to best meet the needs of our children and families.
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  • Making the Most of a Critical Transition: Kindergarten Transitions...
    January 7, 2020
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    While the first day of kindergarten is a significant milestone for young children, it can come with a slew of emotions and jitters for them and their families. Along with feelings of nervous excitement, children arrive at kindergarten with a variety of previous learning experiences and structures. For some children, the kindergarten classroom represents their first learning environment away from home, relatives and friends. Others are used to early learning programs that typically offer a nurturing environment with a focus on holistic child development and more time for unstructured, interest-based play.
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  • Birth-5 Family Questionnaire Purpose & Overview
    January 7, 2020
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    In early 2019, the State of Indiana received a federal Preschool Development Grant. Through the grant, Indiana developed a comprehensive strategic plan, of which the family questionnaire was a key stakeholder engagement activity.
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  • Strong Start Community Grant
    January 6, 2020
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    A smooth transition into kindergarten creates a foundation for children to build upon throughout the rest of their K-12 journey. Without the right supports, the shift from early environments to kindergarten can be a significant challenge. When communities strengthen the connective experience between early learning and the start of kindergarten, they ease the stress of transition, setting children up for effective experiences. Additionally, parents, early learning programs and K-12 systems benefit from effective transitions, aligning children's experiences and their own expectations to support children. Effective transitions reduce academic fadeout, improve academic outcomes, encourage family involvement and allow children to navigate a significant period of adjustment.
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  • Developing The Early Childhood Education Workforce: Indiana's Transition to...
    December 18, 2019
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    Across Indiana and throughout the country, there is a meager and dwindling supply of qualified early childhood education (ECE) educators. This insufficient supply – projected to top 9,000 teachers statewide in the coming years, outpacing the national average — has its roots in inadequate compensation ranges that result in shallow talent pools and fragmented pipelines, suboptimal teacher preparation methods that are time consuming and relatively costly, and outmoded workforce structures that emphasize regulatory compliance over classroom effectiveness. 
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  • PDG B-5 GRANTEE STRATEGIC PLAN RESULTS FORM
    December 17, 2019
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    Indiana provided an Executive Summary, clearly addressing programs and services for children and their families, with a particular focus on children and families from vulnerable populations.
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  • Strategic Planning Committee Kick-off
    August 28, 2019
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    Forty-six states and territories received grants for 2019 from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for preschool development. The grant is “designed to fund states to conduct a comprehensive statewide birth through five needs assessment followed by in-depth strategic planning, while enhancing parent choice and expanding the current mixed delivery system consisting of a wide range of provider types and settings…”(
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  • Indiana’s Birth to Age Five Mixed Delivery System Needs...
    August 22, 2019
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    Overall, the results of the needs assessment indicate that efforts should be focused on enhancing the quality of existing programs, supporting the development of new programs to fill gaps in the system, and building a more comprehensive data management system that provides Indiana with a process for continual evaluation of progress and needs.
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  • Preparing for the Future: Indiana’s Preschool Development Grant
    July 22, 2019
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    The Preschool Development Grant was awarded to Indiana, in part, to assist in analyzing the current landscape of the early childhood care and education system. In partnership with Purdue University reports have been generated outlining initial findings with a full report that will be forthcoming.
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  • ECE Program Availability and Participation Reports
    June 25, 2019
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    The Preschool Development Grant was awarded to Indiana, in part, to assist in analyzing the current landscape of the early childhood care and education system. In partnership with Purdue University reports have been generated outlining initial findings with a full report that will be forthcoming.
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Exciting updates are coming soon!

As our statewide partners work on our five activity areas, we will share the learnings and plans that emerge. Visit this page regularly to explore those updates!