Supporting Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Programs

The federal PDG program is intended to help states strengthen and expand their early childhood education systems. Our experience includes:


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We collaborated with the Montana Office of Public Instruction and Department of Health and Human Services to evaluate the state’s four-year implementation of its PDG work. We conducted annual surveys of preschool educators and families, and we collected data on classroom-level practices to document changes in classroom quality and student performance. We also helped Montana stakeholders understand the impact of the grant and plan for the next stage of work.

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Education Northwest serves as the evaluator for Alaska’s PDG planning grant. The state uses our data collection and processes-monitoring work to improve and refine early learning service delivery throughout Alaska. We also assist with federal reporting requirements and facilitate a statewide partnership of federal grant recipients to engage in strategic planning on statewide early learning needs.

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Our partners in Wyoming are using their PDG to strengthen the state’s integrated early childhood system. After assessing the state’s needs for improving collaboration, coordination, and quality across the system, they developed a strategic plan to guide grant implementation. With support from our team, they can track whether grant activities are working, evaluate what changes need to be made, and adjust course to better serve children and families.

E-learning Modules

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Education Northwest has worked with the Colorado Department of Human Services’ Office of Early Childhood to develop a series of online courses in support of Colorado Shines Brighter, funded through Colorado’s Preschool Development Grant. Our team of instructional designers and e-learning developers created 14 courses to improve infant and toddler care practices and to strengthen early childhood care and education options for families. The courses are available in both English and Spanish.

Literature Reviews

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When our partners in Wyoming were building a strategic plan for their PDG, they conducted a statewide needs assessment that identified several areas for improvement. Our team conducted literature reviews to identify approaches for addressing each need that had worked well in similar communities across the country. This research helped our partners make informed decisions to support children, families, educators, child care providers, and communities.

Contact Ashley Pierson to learn more about our expertise and how we can help.

Learn more about our work in Early Childhood Education