Month: December 2011

Congrats to Early Learning Challenge applicants and selected states, thanks to Congress for supporting Round 2 -

In a joint announcement this morning, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services awarded Early Learning Challenge competitive grants to nine states: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington. Awards to the selected states will support innovations and reforms designed to build efficient, effective early learning systems. Applicants were asked to lay out plans to improve teacher quality, raise program standards, design … Read More

Waiting for Congress and for ELC announcements -

Hi everyone, As we alluded to earlier this week, we thought by now we’d be able to share final FY12 funding levels for federal early learning programs. Congress, though, kept busy with other tasks (like the payroll tax extension), and the appropriations omnibus bill that was supposed to be released Monday for a vote tomorrow has not yet appeared. While we still hope and believe that it will have good … Read More

Stay tuned for big early learning announcements! -

Heads up: We hear from solid – though unofficial – sources that Early Learning Challenge winners will be announced this Friday morning from Washington. Meantime, prepare for more unexpectedly good and potentially exciting news to share on the Congressional front having to do with core early learning funding. Congress today is expected to finalize an omnibus package that will determine this year’s funding levels for Head Start, child care, … Read More

Early Learning Challenges -

The first round of states selected to win an Early Learning Challenge grant hasn’t even been announced, but that hasn’t stopped prognostications that the initiative won’t have any significant impact on early learning policy. Critics say that the application period was too short, that the competition places too many bets on Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, or that President Obama hasn’t trumpeted it with nearly enough gusto. The critics have … Read More