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 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