Preschool Development Grant Statewide Strategic Plan Update

A five-member review team from various parts of the state, met on Sept. 5 and again on Sept. 20 and came to consensus on four robust proposals from vendors interested in developing a comprehensive strategic plan for Alaska’s mixed delivery system of early childhood care and education focused on low-income, rural and vulnerable children from prenatal through age 8.

The teams’ final ratings were very close and each vendor offered unique ideas and special skills. Meetings have begun with the top-ranked vendor and an announcement will be made once a contract is finalized. The strategic plan will be underway in mid-October based on findings a statewide needs assessment also being coordinated by AASB for the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development. The plan will be guided by the Early Childhood Joint Task Force and the reactions and suggestions of parents, communities, educators, tribes, child care providers and other early childhood stakeholders. 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.