The first PDG-R activity is the statewide needs assessment. This work isn’t scheduled to begin until year two of the grant. The contractor who will be leading this work will be identified through a competitive bid process that will be developed during year one.
The initial work for this activity was funded through the PDG-I and completed by AIR, the American Institutes for Research. This activity will be continued under the PDG-R, for which we will develop a dashboard for collecting data from ongoing needs assessments. The dashboard will be accessible and user-friendly for state, local agencies, and other stakeholders.
Additionally, we will be developing data literacy trainings to ensure that, once access to this data is available and accurate, it can assist in helping us better understand the needs of children, families, and providers as we are navigating the system. There will also be training on how to actually apply this information to the work that early learning and care providers do throughout the system.