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Programs that Support Early Learning

ED Programs

ED has a history of funding early learning programs. Some of the current investments include:

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i3 Project Headlines Rural Education Webinar Series

The Parents as Teachers National Center’s BabyFace project, an i3 Validation grantee, will be featured in a Rural Schools Innovations Webinar series hosted by the Rural School and Community Trust on June 13, 2012. The i3 project is using the home-based services of the successful Family and Child Education (FACE) program in 22 Bureau of Indian Education schools to serve high-needs American Indian families and children ages prenatal to three years. The goal is to narrow the achievement gap between American Indian and non-American Indian children at kindergarten and to improve student achievement in reading and math through third grade. For news and information on the Department of Education’s rural education outreach and resources, click here.

April 10, 2012

The State of States Preschool—and Round Two of the RTT-Early Learning Challenge

Thank you, Steve [Barnett], for that kind introduction—and for the important work of the National Institute for Early Education Research over the last decade.

April 9, 2012

The 2012 Race to the Top Fund Continues Investments in Statewide Systems of High Quality Early Education Programs

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that $133 million from the 2012 Race to the Top fund will be available for continued investments in state-level, comprehensive early education reform.

November 4, 2011

U.S. Department of Education Proposes Dedicated Office for Early Learning

The U.S. Department of Education announced today a proposal to create an Office of Early Learning, tasked with overseeing the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants and coordinating early learning programs across the Department.

Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Program

Thank you for your interest in the RTT-ELC Program, the administration's signature early learning reform initiative. This program will be jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS).

In order to run a rigorous competition and obligate funds to grantees before the December 31, 2011 statutory deadline, ED will waive rulemaking for this new program, pursuant to its authority in the General Education Provisions Act. However, we want your input on how we implement the major elements of this program so we are posting this draft executive summary of the draft requirements, priorities, selection criteria, and definitions for the RTT-ELC competition on this Web site and we encourage all interested parties to share their comments with us.

Early Learning Resources

The Special Education National Activities—Parent Information Centers
Is designed to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help them improve educational outcomes for their children.

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Federal Technical Assistance for Early Learning

Federally Funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance Projects
Technical assistance resources from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Early Learning Initiative

President Obama is committed to providing the support that our youngest children need to succeed later in school. The importance of the early years in a child's life has been well documented. The Department of Education (ED) prioritizes improving the health, social, emotional, and educational outcomes for young children from birth through 3rd grade by:

  1. enhancing the quality of early learning programs, and
  2. increasing the access to high quality early learning programs especially for young children at risk for school failure.
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