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August 23, 2011

ED Releases Early Learning Challenge Guidelines

States have until Oct. 19 to apply for a share of the $500 million in the latest round of Race to the Top, targed at early learning.

August 05, 2011

Debt Deal May Force Head Start Cuts, Advocates Warn

Though Head Start won a $350 million increase in the fiscal 2011 budget, advocates are gearing up for a new fight the wake of the federal debt ceiling compromise.

July 28, 2011

Funders to Support States in Race to Top Early Learning Bids

The BUILD Initiative and the First Five Years Fund have joined forces to help states competing for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge funds, and the Birth to Five Policy Alliance will join the effort by sometime next year.

July 20, 2011

Race to the Top, Then and Now

Last week, the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative released a handy chart comparing the original K-12 Race to the Top with the new Early Learning Challenge.

July 19, 2011

Early Learning Challenge: Who's In, Who's Out

A scorecard on which states are saying they plan to apply for the latest round of Race to the Top money, aimed at early learning.

July 19, 2011

Advocates Split on Age-Focus in Race to Top Early-Ed. Contest

The National Institute for Early Education Research and New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative disagree on whether states should expand or narrow the age-range of those to be served by the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

July 15, 2011

Kentucky Creates Early Learning Advisory Council

On July 12, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the establishment of an Early Learning Advisory Council and tied the move to the state's intent to pursue Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funds.

June 09, 2011

Big Week for Early Childhood Education on Capitol Hill

It's been a big week for early childhood on Capitol Hill: a Hollywood star promoting early learning and three new bills introduced in the Senate.

May 26, 2011

Early Learning Challenge Fund; Promise Neighborhoods Q &A

The director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute talks about how grantees are doing, their efforts in early learning, and the future of the program given federal budget challenges.

May 17, 2011

Zollie Stevenson To Lead Title I Parents Coalition

Dr. Zollie Stevenson, Jr., formerly Title I director for the U.S. Department of Education, has been named Executive Director of the National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents.

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