U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will join Governors from winning states to discuss the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund to improve access to high-quality early learning and development programs throughout their states.
Under this Administration, RTT-ELC has awarded over $1billion to provide a strong start for our nation’s youngest children and to put them on the path to a bright future. RTT-ELC is a key part of the Obama Administration's comprehensive early learning agenda in combination with President Obama’s Preschool for All proposal. RTT-ELC supports states in their systemic efforts to align, coordinate, and improve the quality of existing early learning and development programs across multiple funding streams that support children from birth through age five.
The program is jointly administered by The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the two agencies are continuing to work closely together on new initiatives to expand and improve services for children from birth through age 5.
For more information on the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Fund visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/