B-5 for ME: Quality, Accessibility, and Affordability of Services for Maine’s Children & Families


The Maine Department of Education, in collaboration with Maine Department of Health and Human Services was awarded the Preschool Development Grant, Birth- Age 5 in 2019. This 1 year, 1-million-dollar grant is a planning grant to study and improve the Early Child Care and Education mixed delivery system in the state of Maine with the goal of creating an aligned, efficient, and high-quality system for all children birth-age 5 and their families, especially those who are considered vulnerable.

All Maine’s children and their families will receive the services they need through an efficient, data-driven, evidenced-based and non-duplicated system to ensure they are ready for kindergarten.

This initiative will include reviewing needs assessments and strategic plans recently completed by organizations around the state, completing a new comprehensive needs assessment, developing an inter-agency data system, and creating a strategic plan to move forward. The needs assessment will gather input from in-kind contributing partners, and from stakeholders across the state, including parents. The goal is to have the needs assessment information available by Mid-June in order to move forward to the Strategic Plan portion of the grant.  With the help of stakeholders from across the state, a strategic plan will be developed by mid-August and the information will be used to apply for an implementation grant.

In addition to the efforts noted, there will be work around increasing parental knowledge and choice, sharing practices that are evidence-based, and improving overall quality of programming for children birth-age 5.

Preschool Development Grant Application

PDG Timeline Graphic providing milestone dates

Milestone Dates:

  • January 1, 2019 - Awarded Grant
  • January 1 - June 30th, 2019 - Needs Assessment
  • August 31 - November 30, 2019 - Apply for Implementation Grant
  • January 1 - December 31, 2019 - Maximize parental knowledge and choice, share evidence-based practice, improve quality of programming
  • June 1 - August 31, 2019 - Strategic Plan
Karen Bergeron
Preschool Development Grant Director
Maine Department of Education
Office: 207-624-6636
Email: karen.j.bergeron@maine.gov