Preschool Development Grants

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

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.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds 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 education 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 include State educational agencies.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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


Contact the program office for more information. OMB Circular No. A-87 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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as amended, Section 14006 and 14007, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Renewals are subject tot he 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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


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. 34 CFR 80.42. 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 13 $0; FY 14 est $250,000,000; and FY 15 est $500,000,000

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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