$500 million in Early Learning funds from Dept of Ed!

26 May 2011 |

A new state-level grant competition for $500 million was just introduced! The Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge “will reward states that create comprehensive plans to transform early learning systems with better coordination, clearer learning standards, and meaningful workforce development.

Senator Harkin, who has been a champion for Promise Neighborhoods, and even introduced the Promise Neighborhoods Act last week, put out a statement saying:

“Research has shown that low-income children who have received high-quality early childhood education and care are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, less likely to commit a crime, and less likely to need special education in school.  However, access and quality varies greatly between states.  This new Race to the Top program will help change that by providing competitive grants to states to improve the quality and coordination of early childhood programs.”

Read the Department of Education press release here, and go here to provide feedback on the proposed grant competition. The grant guidelines will be announced in the coming weeks.

This is a great opportunity for Promise Neighborhoods, since incorporating strong early childhood support is key to building a successful Promise Neighborhood.