MN Wins $45 Million Early Childhood Grant

By KBJR News 1

MN Wins $45 Million Early Childhood Grant

December 16, 2011 Updated Dec 16, 2011 at 3:35 PM CDT

Washington, D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota has won close to $45 million dollars in grant money to improve early education for low income families in the state.

Nine states in the country won part of a $500 million Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge fund. This is a competitive grant program that 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico applied for.

In order to qualify for the grant program, states had to create plans to increase access to high-quality programs for children from low-income families and provide more children from birth to age 5 with a strong foundation they need for success in school and beyond.

The grant money awarded to the winning states will be used to raise the bar for early learning centers and close the school readiness gap. The money will also be used to build statewide systems of high-quality early learning and development programs.

Race to the Top, an education reform initiative announced by President Obama in 2009, has been a catalyst for advancing state-led efforts to improve education.

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