Improving Young Children's Success: California's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, 2012

Nov 08, 2012

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California is one of only nine winning states to be awarded a highly competitive federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant from the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The objective of this four-year grant is to improve the quality of early learning programs and close the achievement gap for vulnerable young children, including those who are low-income, English learners, and children with disabilities or developmental delays. California’s $53 million grant, administered by the California Department of Education (CDE), implements a unique approach that builds upon California’s local and statewide successes to create sustainable capacity at the local level through 17 Regional Leadership Consortia in 16 counties united by a common end goal: Ensure that children in California have access to high quality programs so that they thrive in their early learning settings and succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

CDE’s RTT-ELC Web page has further information regarding next steps in California’s RTT-ELC process: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/rt/

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