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  • July 8, 2011
    Civil Rights in the Classroom

    Tuesday, June 26 from 6:00-7:30 pm (Eastern)

  • July 1, 2011

    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.

  • July 1, 2011
    The application must be signed by the State's governor and by an authorized representative from every Participating State Agency. The State also must submit a certification from the State's Attorney General that the State's descriptions of, and statements and conclusions regarding, State laws, and regulations contained in the State's application are complete and accurate and
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  • July 1, 2011

    A State must meet the following requirements to be eligible to compete for funding under this program:

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  • July 1, 2011

    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.

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  • July 1, 2011

    Absolute priorities describe items that a State must address in its application in order to receive an award. States do not write directly to the absolute priorities; instead, reviewers determine if the priorities are met after evaluating a State's response to all of the Selection Criteria. We consider for funding only applications that meet the absolute priorities.

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  • July 1, 2011

    To meet this priority, the State's application must address the need to improve early learning and development outcomes for High-Need Children by (1) describing how the State is using its Early Learning and Development Standards to inform its Program Standards, curriculum, Comprehensive Assessment System, and professional development activities; and (2) having a credible plan to administer a ki

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  • July 1, 2011

    To meet this priority, the State's application must demonstrate that it is implementing and validating or will implement and validate a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System with the purpose of (1) increasing the number of High-Need Children in high-quality Early Learning and Development Programs, (2) increasing participation in the Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System across Ear

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  • July 1, 2011

    To receive competitive preference under this priority, the State's Plan must be designed to increase the number of children from birth to kindergarten entry who are participating in programs that are governed by the State's licensing system and quality standards, with the goal that all licensed or State-regulated programs will participate.

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  • July 1, 2011

    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--

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