The Chronicle of Philanthropy recent article written by Patrick Lester announces the great news from The Obama administration, which plans to spend $500-million to help states expand innovative early-learning and child-care programs, the bulk of which are operated by nonprofits.
The new fund, called the Early Learning Challenge, will consume most of the $700-million that was allocated by Congress in April for Race to the Top, the grants program to help states improve the quality of their schools.
Like previous Race to the Top competitions, the Early Learning Challenge will award grants directly to states. The program will be administered jointly by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.
….The grants will be awarded by December 31. The administration has not yet decided how many grants will be awarded or how large they will be. In the meantime, it is seeking ideas on a Department of Education blog.