U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. Joining Duncan and Sebelius at the announcement were leaders in business, philanthropy, law enforcement, and military who have advocated for increased investments in early learning to reduce crime, strengthen national security, and boost U.S. competitiveness. The partnership between the two agencies is expected to transform the patchwork of disconnected programs into a coordinated early learning system to improve the health, social, emotional, and educational outcomes for young children from birth to age 5.
Applications will be available later this summer and grants awarded by December 31, 2011. For more information on this new state competition to establish and expand high quality early learning programs visit ED's Web site or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.