The grant awards will range from $37.5 million to $75 million and will be awarded by the end of this year.
Organizations can potentially be funded for up to $500,000 for successful efforts that address obstacles faced by low-income families.
Child Trends,a nonprofit research center, has put together a statistical portrait of students starting school in the fall.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that about 57,000 children have lost access to the Head Start early-education program, based on reports from individual grantees.
Houston and the Granite district in Utah will be two to watch when considering unique ways to pay for early-childhood education.
A survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures finds that spending on early-childhood programs is showing a slow, but steady, increase in some states.
California Newsreel, which plans a series on early childhood, released an 30-minute segment on preschool to take advantage of the current political focus.
Two academics argue that the research design of some studies may inflate the positive effects of state preschool programs.
The survey, commissioned by an early-education advocacy group, found support for preschool crossed party lines.
An effort to stop Minnesota child-care providers from joining unions was dismissed--for now--on a technicality.