Month: June 2011

RTT-ELC 101, An Introduction to the Challenge -

As promised, here is Team FFYF’s quick recap of what we just heard from the early learning policy gurus in DC about the contours of the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge. First, get ready to refresh http://www.ed.gov/early-learningg tomorrow morning, when a draft summary of the competition will be released. Comment period. The Departments will be accepting comments on that draft until July 11. To state the … Read More

From Head Start to the Hill: Watch Chuck Testify -

Remember FFYF’s friend Chuck Mills? The former Marine One pilot featured in FFYF’s “Our Head Start” campaign? The one who runs two businesses, chairs the finance committee of the board of George Mason University and led Virginia’s small business administration for three years? The Head Start grad who was born to a high school diploma-less young mother of six children? Chuck’s headed to the Hill tomorrow to share his story … Read More

On Your Marks, Get Set… -

Early learning leaders in states may feel a little like thoroughbreds in those agitated few minutes just before the starting gun blasts and the race gates fling open. At stake: $500 million. The Obama Administration last week announced states could compete for grants to improve their early learning systems, from birth to age 5. And almost no one paid a whit of attention. Case in point: The … Read More