Office of Child Care Preschool Development Grant

Preschool Development Grant

In January 2019, Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island Children's Cabinet announced that our State had been awarded a one-year, $4.19 million federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG) that is targeted at youth from birth through age 5. While PDG funds cannot be used to pay for additional pre-K seats, the grant will lay important groundwork to make a universal pre-K system possible.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) process for qualified providers to support the state's efforts to develop early childhood education and family-centered support programs soon followed, and the solicitation covered a range of services needed including a family needs assessment, a strategic plan, and professional development for early childhood providers. For more information, please read the narrative.

"At the same time that we gear up to bring universal pre-K to Rhode Island, Rhode Island's successful pursuit of this grant is a major step forward in improving services and support for our children," said Governor Gina M. Raimondo. "The PDG work, coupled with pre-K expansion and other investments in early childhood education, represent a comprehensive approach that can change the lives of our youngest learners and their families."

The redesigned www.kids.ri.gov website is a result of PDG. Launched in the fall of 2019, the website focuses on helping parents with children 0-5. The following are final reports for some of the other work produced by this grant.

For additional information on PDG, please contact Sam Saltz, PDG Grant Manager for DHS, at Sam.Saltz@dhs.ri.gov.