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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.

November 15, 2013

Early-Childhood Community Upset Maine Won't Compete in Race to Top

Maine won't compete for $37 million from the federal government to improve early-childhood education because of the strings attached, which is angering early-childhood advocates.

October 18, 2013

Sixteen States and D.C. to Compete For Early Learning Challenge Funds

The U.S. Department of Education plans to award grants ranging from $37.5 million to $75 million, based on the winners' population of children ages birth through 5 from low-income families.

August 29, 2013

$280 Million Promised for Second Early Learning Challenge Competition

The grant awards will range from $37.5 million to $75 million and will be awarded by the end of this year.

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