The $250M federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG) improves access to high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities.

Distribution: States receive funds via competitive grants. Each awardee selects specific high-need communities, cities, counties, or school districts for their project. Some states hold competitive grants to subgrant the funds. But most states create a per-student formula for preselected sites for new or improved Pre-K slots.


2014 Preschool Development Grant Awardees


Use of Funds: Awarded states set their own funding guidelines for PreK sites. Common themes in state applications include:

  • Funding additional personnel/creating salary equity
  • Parent engagement 
  • High-quality curriculum aligned to standards
  • Professional development
  • Comprehensive health services
  • Social-emotional curriculum strategies
  • Kindergarten Entry Assessments and developmental screeners