- Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Program
- Award Information
Budget Requirements: To support States in planning their budgets, the Department has developed budget caps for each State. These are listed below. The Department will not consider for funding an application from a State that proposes a budget that exceeds the applicable cap set for that State. The Department developed the following categories by ranking every State according to its share of the national population of children ages birth through five years old from low-income families, and identifying the natural breaks. Then, based on population, we developed budget caps for each category. (Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, 2009. American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) data)
- Category 1 – up to $100M – California, Florida, New York, Texas
- Category 2 – up to $70M –Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania
- Category 3 –up to $60M – Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
- Category 4 – up to $50M – Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming
In addition to considering other relevant factors (see 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3)), the selection of grantees may consider the need to ensure that systems are developed in States with large, high-poverty, rural communities (including States with high percentages of high-poverty populations in rural areas, as well as States with high absolute numbers of high-poverty individuals in rural areas), and awards may be granted to high-quality applications out of rank order to meet this need. The grant period for this award is December 31, 2011 through December 31, 2015.