A statewide network of Ready Regions will be established to ensure equitable opportunities for all families with young children to thrive. Ready Regions will be Virginia’s on-the-ground early childhood systems builders responsible for coordination and integration of essential services and resources starting with a focus on early childhood care and education (ECCE). Participation in high quality early childhood programs can effectively support the school readiness of at-risk children. With Virginia’s award of a three-year federal Preschool Development Grant (PDG B-5) opportunities exist for communities to strengthen their local early childhood system. Through the Mixed Delivery Grant, opportunities exist for communities to increase access to high-quality preschool for at-risk 3- and 4-year-olds.
8/18/21: Letter of Intent (LOI) Released with Anticipated Grant Award Levels
8/25/21: LOI Informational Webinar at noon (Register Here)
9/10/21: LOI Due by 5pm
9/27/21: Request for Proposals for Full Applications Released (selected communities will be invited to submit full applications based on review of LOI)
11/30/21: Full Applications due by 5pm
12/17/21: Grant Awards Announced
January 2022: Grants Begin
Frequently Asked Questions (updated 7/14/21)
If you would like to request a conversation with VECF staff about the Ready Regions application and your community, please request one of the available times here.
Preschool Development Grant (PDG B-5):
Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five (PDG) opportunities will be announced in Spring 2022. For more information about PDG, please visit VECF’s PDG page.