The Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Program provides support to states to build or enhance their capacity to deliver high-quality preschool services or expand high-quality programs in targeted communities for all 4-year-olds from low- to moderate-income families.
The Early Learning Network Lead provides technical support to PDG grantees via annual workshops, regular webinars, website content and individualized support.
The Lead works to disseminate Network findings and developments to PDG grantees, translating information into meaningful and usable practices that can be implemented in programs across the country.
The goal of the Network Early Career Enhancement (NECE) program is to create a cohesive and supportive experience for emerging scholars involved in the Early Learning Network.
With the support of Network principal investigators, the NECE program provides early career researchers with individualized training, professional development opportunities and mentored support.
Through their involvement with Network studies, early career researchers have the opportunity to establish practice and policy research targeting at risk children, identify malleable protective factors and find ways to close the achievement gap. As a group, NECE participants learn about collaboration, institutional roles and responsibilities, publishing and dissemination and a host of other topics relevant to young researchers.