Priority 4: Invitational Priority - Sustaining Program Effects in the Early Elementary Grades
The Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services are particularly interested in applications that describe the State's plans to sustain and build upon improved early learning outcomes throughout the early elementary school years, including by--
- Enhancing the State's current kindergarten through grade 3 standards in order to align them with the Early Learning and Development Standards across all Essential Domains of School Readiness;
- Ensuring transition planning between Early Learning and Development Programs and elementary schools, and promoting family engagement, including in the early grades; and
- Increasing the percentage of children who are able to read and do mathematics at grade level by the end of the third grade.