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Five More States Secure Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants

Early Childhood

Picture of Preschool Girl painting on a canvass.The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program aims to improve the quality of early learning and development and close the achievement gap for children with high needs.

The Administration for Children and Families' Early Childhood Development office and the Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning work closely to guide and oversee the work of RTT-ELC.

RTT-ELC grants focus on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting each state's efforts to:

  • Increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs
  • Design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services
  • Ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council's reports on early childhood

This month, five more states secured grants to improve their work in these areas.

Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin will each receive a share of the 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge $133 million grant fund. The five winners join nine existing state grantees that secured first-round funding last year.

Read more by visiting this link: Five More States Secure Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants.

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