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Latest Race to Top Early-Learning Grants Unveiled

Education Week (01/06/14) Samuels, Christina A.

The nearly $281 million awarded by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the third round of Race to the Top Early-Learning Challenge grants will be shared by Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. So far, 20 states have received federal funding for early-learning programs. Michigan will receive $51.7 million to develop guides for parents to understand the results of kindergarten-entry assessments; Georgia will receive $51.7 million to create customized early-learning programs for early education empowerment zones comprised of high-need children; Pennsylvania will receive $51.7 million to revise its pre-K early-learning standards; Kentucky will receive $44.3 million to transition from a voluntary to a mandatory quality-rating system for all early-learning and -development programs; New Jersey will receive $44.3 million to expand the number of early-childhood educators with training in family-engagement strategies; and Vermont will receive $36.9 million to increase professional development for early-childhood workers. California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington shared $500 million in funding in 2011, and Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin shared $133 million in 2012.
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