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Ohio Wins in Early Childhood Race to the Top Competition

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Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Ohio is one of nine states to win a share of $500 million in federal grant money to improve early childhood education.

The team that wrote Ohio's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge application.

Ohio is one of nine states to win a share of $500 million in federal grant money to improve early childhood education, the White House announced today.

Ohio's application for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds asked for $70 million to provide additional and better pre-school education opportunities, particularly for children under the age of 5 who are from low-income families, are English language learners, or who have disabilities or developmental delays.

The other winners are California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina and Rhode Island. A total of 35 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, applied for the funds.

In its application, Ohio said it planned to used the money to:

  • Give parents incentives to select high-quality early education programs;
  • Give scholarships to early childhood professionals to help them get college degrees; and
  • Partner with the state of Maryland to develop new tests for students entering pre-K and kindergarten programs.

The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge is one part of the Obama administration’s early learning agenda. Other components include improvements in childcare and improving the Head Start program, which provides pre-school and other services to low-income children and their families. In a prepared statement, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said:

A strong educational system is critical not just for our children but also for our nation’s economic future,” said . “The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge takes a holistic approach to early education, promotes innovation, and focuses on what it takes to help put young children on the path of learning, opportunity, and success.

Ohio's Early Learning Challenge Race to the Top Application

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