Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge

The Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge grant competition focuses on improving early learning and development programs for young children. States will win and receive funding based on an application that outlines their plan to comprehensively and effectively reform early childhood education. States' reform efforts should focus, in particular, on:

  • Increasing the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early childhood education programs.
  • Designing and implementing an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services.
  • Ensuring that assessments, if used, conform to the recommendations of the National Research Council's reports on early childhood education.

Browse the winning data from 2011 and 2012 to see how the proposed reforms can improve your classroom.

2011 Applicants and Winners

Phase 1 includes:

  • Winning states for the Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge Grant with amount of requested funding and final abstracts for Fiscal Year 2011.
  • List of all states that applied for the Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge Grant with applications, score sheets and reviewers' comments for Fiscal Year 2011.

2012 Winners

Phase 2 includes:

  • Winning states for the Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge grant with amount of requested funding, final abstracts and applications for Fiscal Year 2012.

Noteworthy Projects

KIDS COUNT Data Center

Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT data center is an interactive data tool that allows users to view state-by-state and cross-data on measures of child well-being. Access hundreds of indicators, download data, and create reports and graphics that support smart decisions about children and families.

Building Bright Futures

Vermont features the Building Bright Futures Early Childhood Data Reporting System. The comprehensive, longitudinal data reporting system allows districts in their state to track results and drive continued improvement. This can serve as a model to other states when developing reporting systems.