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LGCYCF recently received funding through the statewide Preschool Development Grant to build regional capacity for cross-sector collaboration and alignment and to coordinate existing resources and services to help realize the state's vision that all families are afforded comprehensive and responsive supports, so they are healthy, learning, and thriving now and in the future. New Hampshire aspires to a family-centric early childhood system that is inclusive, responsive, efficient, and evidence-informed.

Project goals focus on:

 

  • Positive early learning experiences. Effective learning opportunities are provided in all settings, including the home, childcare, afterschool programs, preschools, elementary schools, family resource centers, libraries, museums, and other settings that support the learning and development of young children.

  • Healthy children and families. Children and families throughout New Hampshire have access to the best opportunities for early and life-long health.

  • Strong families. Families have the capacity, including skills, basic resources, and supports, to promote their children’s development and learning before birth and continuing through age eight and beyond.

  • Coordination. New Hampshire’s young children and their families are supported at home or in quality early childhood programs that promote coordination among families, caregivers, and communities to support those children.

This work is particularly focused on serving vulnerable and underserved populations, defined as children and families at risk of or experiencing homelessness, receiving free/reduced-price lunch, having limited English proficiency, experiencing child maltreatment or involvement with the child welfare system, or exposure to domestic violence.

Preschool Development Grant