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Preschool Development Grant (Birth through age 5)

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awarded $3.8 million to New Hampshire for a Preschool Development Grant – what does this mean for the state?

University of
New Hampshire

New Hampshire Department of
Health and
Human Services

New Hampshire Department of Education


Child Care Aware of New Hampshire

Early Childhood Associates

Early Childhood Higher Education Roundtable

Early Learning New Hampshire

Endowment for Health (NH)

Environment Rating Scales Institute

Family Resource Centers of Quality

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

New Hampshire Family Voices

New Hampshire Preschool Technical

Assistance Network

Parent Information Center of New Hampshire

RAND Corporation

Regional Early Childhood Coalitions

Spark NH


Birth through age 5
Each state provides services to young children and support to families in a unique way. New Hampshire utilizes a “mixed delivery” system, meaning that programs targeting children from birth through age 5 (B-5) are provided by public entities (e.g., Head Start or federally-funded home visiting programs) as well as private groups (e.g., child care centers or home-based child care providers). While this approach allows for local specialization of programs, the range of provider types and services results in inequal access and varied quality. The PDG will allow NH to create a comprehensive, effective, and efficient statewide early childhood system.

Where to start?
The PDG B-5 project is broader than preschool. To best support young children, the PDG B-5 will address not only care and education but also parental employment, housing support, coordination of funding and data, medical services, and professional development.

Preschool birth to five system chart

New Hampshire’s approach to a coordinated system
New Hampshire’s early childhood system successfully supports the majority of young children in the state. Yet, not all children are healthy, learning, and thriving, due to disparate access to and quality of services by region and/or income level. Furthermore, NH has experienced increased pressure on programs and services resulting from the opioid epidemic.

To address challenges to child well-being in New Hampshire, the PDG B-5 team will:

(1) Conduct a needs assessment of the current programs and services within the early childhood system;
(2) Complete in-depth strategic planning for the state, including recommendations for braiding/blending of funding and data integration;
(3) Enhance parental knowledge and choice through strengthened regional parent coalitions and expanded public awareness on the importance of early childhood; and
(4) Share best practices related to program quality, professional development within the early childhood infrastructure, and the transition to kindergarten.

The New Hampshire PDG B-5 team invites input from all interested stakeholders, including parents, caregivers, providers, educators, policy makers, advocates.


Appreciation is extended to the parents, caregivers, families, and childcare and education experts who participated in surveys, focus groups, and interviews.

Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization or agency that provided support for the project.

Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education in New Hampshire includes children Birth – Grade 3 and their families. Birth to five children in New Hampshire are provided services through the Department of Health and Human Services. The exception is preschool special education which is administered by the New Hampshire Department of Education.



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