The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced that $133 million from the 2012 Race to the Top fund will be available for continued investments in state-level, comprehensive early education reform. The Departments intend to fund down the fiscal year 2011 slate and invite the next five applicants, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin, to apply.
In 2011, 35 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico applied to the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, creating plans that increase access to high-quality programs for children from low-income families and provide more children from birth to age 5 with a strong foundation needed to succeed in school and beyond. In December 2011, nine states were awarded grants: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington. The $133 million for additional Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge state grants will come from a larger $550 million fund provided by Congress through the Department of Education's fiscal year 2012 budget.
For more information, view the press release or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at email@example.com or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.