Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge 2013 Competition: Continued Investment on the State and District Levels

May 06, 2013

By Stephanie Schmit

The Department of Education has released the details of its third round of Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) funding. The 2013 competitive grant program is focused on expanding access to high-quality early learning opportunities.

  • $370 millions of the 2013 funds will support a competition for states to develop new approaches to increase high quality early learning opportunities and close the school readiness gap.
  • $120 million will be used for a second round of district level competition.
  • Additional funds will support supplemental awards for California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin-states which to date have received only 50 percent of their initial requests.

The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge was launched in 2011 to increase the quality of early childhood programs and increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children, birth to five, in high-quality programs. The first round of RTT-ELC grants is providing states the ability to create successful state systems and provide access to more high-quality, accountable programs.

The Department of Education is currently accepting comments on the proposed details of the current round of funding. Interested parties can comment on the plan here by the May 16 deadline.  Learn more about the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge on CLASP's RTT-ELC page.

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