Statewide Early Childhood Needs Assessment Underway

McDowell Group of Juneau and Anchorage has been selected by AASB to conduct a comprehensive statewide needs assessment of Alaska’s mixed delivery system of early care and learning services primarily for low-income, rural and disadvantaged children ages prenatal through eight and their families.

Funding is from the federal Preschool Development Grant B-5 (PDG) to the Alaska Dept. of Education and Early Development (DEED) which signed an agreement with AASB to coordinate grant activities. The needs assessment along with stakeholder and community input will form the basis of a statewide strategic plan intended to maximize availability of early childhood care and education options for families, improve quality, streamline administrative infrastructure, facilitate collaboration among existing programs, and improve funding efficiencies.

For more information contact Betsy Brenneman, PDG Coordinator,