ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Georgia Development of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) announced that the state has been awarded a $2.9 million Preschool Development Grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education.
The grant will be used to help ensure that Georgia’s children from birth to age 5 have access to high quality early childhood care and education.
DECAL will serve as the lead agency in carrying out the activities funded by the grant.
Though the grant will benefit all children and families in the state, the focus is on the needs of children and families from vulnerable and undeserved populations, such as those living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, living in foster care, living in rural areas and living with disabilities.
“We are honored and excited to receive this grant because of the opportunity it provides to coordinate funding streams, streamline service delivery, and strengthen partnerships throughout Georgia’s birth-to-five system,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “Additionally, the comprehensive plan that results from this work will strengthen alignment, integration, and coordination throughout the system to improve experiences for all of Georgia’s youngest learners and their families.”
The grant initially covers one year.
Later this year, the states that received grants will be eligible to compete for additional funding of up to $45 million over three years.