Preschool Development Grants

To support efforts to build, develop, and expand voluntary, high-quality preschool programs.

Related Programs84.173 Special Education_Preschool Grants; 84.181 Special Education-Grants for Infants and Families; 93.575 Child Care and Development Block Grant; 93.600 Head Start

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Legacy Early College $ 381,815   2016-12-302018-12-31
Ventura County Office Of Education $ 397,000   2016-12-312018-12-31
Santa Clara County Office Of Education $ 392,704   2016-12-302018-12-31
Clatsop County $ 350,000   2016-12-302018-12-31
Mecklenburg, County Of $ 335,677   2016-12-302018-12-31
Education, Minnesota, Department Of $ 397,158   2016-12-302018-12-31
Napa Valley Unified School District $ 380,944   2016-12-302018-12-31
Cuyahoga, County Of $ 374,320   2016-12-302018-12-31
Administration, Louisiana Division Of $ 33,281,953   2015-01-012018-12-31
Maryland State Department Of Education $ 61,375,120   2015-01-012018-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under the Planning and Transition provisions (section 9212(j)), grant recipients of either development or expansion preschool development grants under the program as it existed prior to the passage of ESSA may continue to receive funds in accordance with the terms of their existing awards.

As a result, funds for that group of existing grantees will be used for improving preschool education.

Awards may be limited to activities that develop or enhance State infrastructure and deliver high-quality preschool programs, including quality improvement activities for 4-year-olds from families at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty line.

States may subgrant a portion of the grant funds to local educational agencies and other early learning providers (including but not limited to Head Start programs and licensed child care providers) for implementation of high-quality preschool programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are States.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children age 4 from families at or below 200 percent of the Federal poverty line.


Contact the program office for more information. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A panel reviews each application and evaluates the application on the basis of selection criteria published in the Federal Register. The program office reviews financial information to ensure that costs reflect required program elements. The awards are made based on applicant scores. Contact the program office for additional information.

Award Procedures

Peer reviewers review and score eligible applications. Awards are made from a rank order list of highly scored applications based on quality according to the selection criteria and using other information deemed appropriate.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, Section 9212.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and substantial progress by the grantee.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds are available for award for 15 months. Continuation awards are subject to the availability of appropriations and adequate progress on project implementation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Details are included in grant award documents.

Details are included in grant award documents.

Details are included in grant award documents.

Details are included in grant award documents.

Details are included in grant award documents.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


As required by EDGAR for State-administered programs (34 CFR 76.730-731). Generally, the State and its subgrantees must retain records related to grant funds and compliance for a period of 3 years from the date the grantee or subgrantee submits its final expenditure report for that funding period. 2 CFR 200.333. Also, all records supporting claims for Federal funds or relating to the accountability of the grantee for the expenditure of such funds must be accessible for administrative review.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $250,000,000; FY 17 est $250,000,000; and FY 18 est $0 - The Every Student Succeeds Act authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award Preschool Development grants to States jointly with the Department of Education.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of awards $5-$35 million; average award est. $20 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the program office for information.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Tammy Proctor Office of Early Learning Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC, District of Columbia 20202 Phone: 202-260-7803

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact the program office for information. Criteria will be published in the Federal Register and in the application materials.

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