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.

We want to hear from you! Take our survey now.

Family Engagement Questionnaire
Indiana Strategic Plan for Education and Care of Children Ages 0-5: Family Questionnaire

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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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!

Brighter Futures Indiana is brought to you through a partnership with The FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and Early Learning Indiana.