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October 27, 2015

Early Learning Challenge Grant Winners Making Key Gains, Says Ed. Dept.

The Education Department released a positive update of the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant program, even as it fights to renew another early-childhood initiative.

July 06, 2015

Washington State To Spend More On Early Learning Than It Ever Has

After much back and forth, Washington state legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee agreed to spend $158 million on early education in the state's 2015-17 biennium.

April 07, 2015

Education Department Report Calls for Congressional Action on Preschool

Only 41 percent of the nation's 4.1 million 4-year-olds are enrolled in publicly funded preschool, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

February 11, 2015

Vermont to Launch 'Promise Community' Initiative

Following on the heels of the federal Promise Neighborhood program, Vermont will be launching its own initiative to help communities support citizens from birth onward.

January 21, 2015

Child Care Garners Attention in State of the Union Address, Again

President Barack Obama mentioned the phrase "child care" eight times in his State of the Union Address last night, according to a Wall Street Journal count. That's more often than he said the words "terrorist," "middle class" or "opportunity.

January 14, 2015

Report Finds Mixed Results From Early-Ed. Competitive Grants

Early education programs throughout the country have grown thanks to competitive federal grants. As the grants come to a close, a report finds mixed results for winners.

October 16, 2014

Homelessness Has Outsize Effect on Youngest Learners

Homeless children under the age of 5 are more likely to suffer from toxic stress and run a heightened risk of starting kindergarten unprepared.

February 23, 2014

Early Childhood a Bipartisan Topic at Governors' Meeting

U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan told state leaders at the National Governors Association in Washington they should be "in front of" the growing interest in early-childhood education.

December 20, 2013

Governors Offer Bipartisan Praise for Early Learning Challenge Grants

Nearly $281 million will be divided among six states in the third round of the early-learning grant program, and state leaders on both sides of the aisle said they appreciated the opportunity to compete for the funds.

December 19, 2013

Six States to Share $280 Million in Early-Learning Challenge Grants

The award, the third in a series of grants aimed at boosting early education programs, now brings to 20 the number of states sharing in early-education Race to the Top funds.

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