La. not among states granted $500M total for early learning ed

La. not among states granted $500M total for early learning ed




Nine states will share $500 million in grant money won in a high-profile competition intended to jump-start improvements in often-overlooked early childhood programs, The Associated Press reports. The winners, to be announced later today at the White House, are California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the winners had not been officially announced. Louisiana skipped the Early Learning Challenge grant process, saying it needed to streamline its early childhood education programs.



The money to aid the nation's youngest learners is part of the Obama administration's cornerstone education initiative—the "Race to the Top" grant competition—which has states competing for federal dollars to create programs that make schools more effective. Last year, it handed out $4 billion in similar grants focused on K-12 education. The goal of this competition is to get more children age 5 and under ready for kindergarten. Thirty-five states along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico applied for the chance to win between about $50 million to $100 million apiece in grant money. Each winning state, plus Washington, must use the funds to help build a comprehensive system that affects all early learning programs, including child care, Head Start centers, and public or private preschools.



Today's poll question: Will you support Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to reform K-12 public education in the state?



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