Preschool Development Grants


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

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, Section 9212
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
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 Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and substantial progress by the grantee.
How are proposals selected?
Contact the program office for information. Criteria will be published in the Federal Register and in the application materials.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tammy Proctor
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education,
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC, DC 20202 US
Phone: 202-260-7803
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$250,000,000.00; FY 19 est $250,000,000.00; FY 20 est $250,000,000.00; FY 16$250,000,000.00; FY 17 est $250,000,000.00; - 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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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