Preschool Development Grant Needs Assessment Update 7-16-19

On July 11, a five-member review team from various parts of the state, met, rated and came to consensus on three robust proposals from vendors interested in conducting a needs assessment of Alaska’s mixed delivery system of early childhood care and education focusing on low-income, disadvantaged and rural children. The final ratings were very close and each vendor offered unique ideas and special skills. Meetings are beginning with the top-ranked vendor and an announcement will be made once a contract is finalized. The needs assessment will form the backbone of a statewide early childhood strategic plan which also will be coordinated by AASB. The Preschool Development Grant is funded by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services and the US Dept. of Education with matching funds from the AK Dept. of Education and Early Development.