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Nine States Selected for Race to the Top Challenge

The early learning programs across nine states are steadily racing to the top to ensure that all kids in their communities get a top notch education.

The Obama Administration recently announced the winning states that would receive funding from this year’s Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge. The nine states include: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington. They will all receive funds from the $500 million grant program administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

The challenge was offered to improve access to quality education for families of underserved communities. Initially, 35 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico responded to the challenge but only nine grantees were selected based on applications and funds available.

The Obama Administration secured the funds for this year as its mission to improve the nation’s early learning programs. In a release from the state department, the president shared his vision.

“Education must be our national mission,” said President Barack Obama. “All of us must work to give all our children the best education possible. And today, we’re acting to strengthen early childhood education to better prepare our youngest children for success in school and in life”

Read the entire news release at
Learn more about Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge

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