Second Round of Early Learning Challenge Grants Announced
The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday, April 9th that $133 million from the 2012 Race to the Top fund will be made available for a second round of the Early Learning Challenge to help states strengthen their early childhood education systems. We are pleased that the Administration is providing a second round of state grants for cross-sector early childhood systems.
Of the $550 million appropriated for fiscal year 2012 (the current year), there will be $133 million available for states in the first round who had high scores — Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin. These states may apply for a portion of those funds and they will be eligible to apply for up to 50 percent of the potential amount that they were eligible to receive last year.
The remaining portion of the overall $550 million fund appropriated for Race to the Top in fiscal year 2012 will be used to run a new district-level Race to the Top competition. Be on the lookout for when the criteria for this new competition become available later this spring.