United States Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS)
announced that six additional states-Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, and Vermont-will receive a total of $280 million in grant awards
from the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund to
improve access to high-quality early learning and development programs
throughout their states. These 6 states join the 14 existing state grantees who
secured funding in the first two rounds awards, which began in 2011.
addition, ED has announced that five applicants won a total of approximately
$120 million in the second round of the Race to the Top-District (RTT-D)
competition. The grants will go to support locally developed plans to
personalize and improve student learning, directly increase student achievement
and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare every student
for success in college and his/her career. Through these grants, school
districts will be able to better support teachers and students by increasing
educational opportunities. The grants will also help teachers tailor their
approaches to meet their students' needs, allow teachers to collaborate in new
ways, and provide students with resources that enable them to access a
world-class education no matter where they are.
RTT-ELC program is jointly administered by ED and HHS. The two agencies
continue to work closely together on new initiatives to expand and improve
services for children from birth through age 5. Through RTT-ELC, states created
proposals to improve early learning by coordinating existing programs,
evaluating and rating program quality, and increasing access to high-quality
programs, particularly for children with high needs, including those from
low-income families, children with disabilities, and English language learners.
In the first year, the departments received 37 applications and nine states
were awarded grants: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota,
North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington. In 2012, five additional
highest-rated states were awarded grants: Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico,
Oregon, and Wisconsin.
RTT-D grantees were selected from 31 finalists,
representing 80 school districts across 21 states. ED received more than 200
applications for the competition. Grantees were selected based on their vision
and capacity for reform as well as a strong plan that provides educators with
resources to accelerate student achievement and prepare students for college
and their careers. Plans focused on transforming the learning environment so
that it meets all students' learning abilities, making equity and access to
high-quality education a priority. The program also offers competitive
preference to applicants that form partnerships with public and private
organizations to offer services that help meet students' academic, social, and
emotional needs outside of the classroom.
information is available on ED's website on RTT-ELC
grants and RTT-D
grants. You may also contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of
education and regulatory advocacy, at email@example.com or 800-498-2071, ext.