It’s time for Washington to put on its running shoes!
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services jointly released their criteria for states to apply for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Program today.
These competitive grants will likely go to 5-10 states across the country. They’re designed to help states improve the quality of early learning programs for kids who have not yet entered kindergarten.
Washington wants to secure one of these grants because it could bring home as much as $60 million over the next four years. Our state has a comprehensive early learning plan guiding our way. An infusion of funding focused on increasing quality would provide a great boost to our progress.
The Department of Early Learning will be the state lead on submitting our proposal, but this application will be a group effort, highlighting the intentional work our state has been doing to align and connect systems that serve kids, so we’re working together to achieve the best child outcomes possible.
We have until Monday, July 11 at 5 p.m. Eastern time to make comments on the criteria, and the final competition regulations be established by mid-August. The Department has to award grantees by December 31, so it is indeed a race! Read the criteria and submit comments to the U.S. Department of Education here.