The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that applications have been submitted for the second round of Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant competition by all five eligible states (Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin). The Departments will award up to $133 million to fund investments in state-level, comprehensive early education reform. ED and HHS will review the applications and make awards by no later than December 31, 2012. ASHA members in the eligible states should be aware of the potential source of additional funding that may be available should the states be successful in their applications.
The RTT-ELC grant competition, jointly administered by ED and HHS, will focus on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting states' efforts to (1) 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; (2) design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services; and (3) ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council's reports on early childhood.
For more information, please 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.