The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has awarded Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin a share of the 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge $133 million grant fund. The grant will improve the quality of, and expand access to, early learning programs throughout each of the respective states. The five winners join the nine state grantees who secured first-round funding in 2011.
The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge program, launched in 2011, is jointly administered by ED and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It goals are to
- improve early learning and development for young children by supporting states' efforts to increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group-infants, toddlers, and preschoolers- who are enrolled in high-quality early learning and development programs;
- design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning and development programs and services.
For more information, visit ED's website 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.