Wis. to Receive $22 Million to Improve Early Learning Programs in the State

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Wis. to Receive $22 Million to Improve Early Learning Programs in the State

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM CST

Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Wisconsin is one of 5 states to secure grant money to improve the quality and expand access to early learning programs throughout the state.

Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin will each receive a share of the 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge $133 million grant fund.

The five winners join nine existing state grantees who secured first-round funding last year.

“Every child deserves the lifelong advantages of a high-quality early learning program,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Thanks to the leadership of governors, state officials, and education advocates across the now 14 Early Learning Challenge states, thousands more of our youngest children will receive a stronger start to earning the skills needed to succeed in Kindergarten through college and career.”

The Race to Top-Early Learning Challenge program was first launched in 2011 as a program jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

Through this competition, the Obama Administration called on states to create proposals to improve early learning by coordinating existing programs, evaluating and rating program quality, and increasing access to high-quality programs, particularly for children with high needs.

First year funding attracted 37 applicants and collectively awarded $500 million to nine states: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington.

Today, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced the following awards:
Colorado-$29,907,916
Illinois-$34,798,696
New Mexico-$25,000,000
Oregon-$20,508,902
Wisconsin-$22,700,000

Grants will be awarded over a 4-year period in accordance with each state’s plan.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns