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Pennsylvania Wins Race to the Top-Early Learning Grant
December 19, 2013

Governor Corbett has announced that the US Department of Education has awarded Pennsylvania $51.7 million through the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program. Pennsylvania is one of six states to win grants during this round. RCPA, as part of the Governor’s Early Learning Council, was pleased to participate in supporting this important initiative. The four-year grant will support initiatives that help close the achievement gap and increase the number of children entering kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. Initiatives include:

  • Establishing 50 local Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zones to serve the lowest-performing elementary schools in the state.
  • Improving access for children with high needs to high-quality early learning and development programs.
  • Increasing access and delivery of high-quality professional development for early learning educators.
  • Developing a no-cost universal Kindergarten Entry Inventory for voluntary use by schools to better understand the needs of students entering kindergarten.
  • Operating four Governor's Institutes for nearly 3,000 pre-kindergarten to third-grade educators and practitioners to experience and share strategies and best practices.

Pennsylvania's plan reflects the commitment and achievements of early learning and child-serving organizations, professionals, and advocates throughout the commonwealth. The Office of Child Development and Early Learning will provide more details and follow-on action to implement the grant in the coming months.

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