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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.

July 30, 2013

Education Department Picks New Leader for Early-Learning Office

Libby Doggett, formerly the director of the Pew Charitable Trusts' Home Visiting Campaign, will oversee the Early Learning Challenge grants and help promote preschool expansion.

April 16, 2013

Ed. Department to Launch Third Early-Learning Challenge Grant Competition

The U.S. Department of Education plans to award $370 million as part of the initiative to improve early learning in the states.

December 06, 2012

Race to Top Early-Learning Grants Announced for Five More States

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $133 million to five states with plans to expand access to early-childhood education programs and improve quality.

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