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.

E-learning Modules

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Since January 2019, 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.

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

Learn more about our work in Early Childhood Education