16 States Plus DC Race to the Trough for Early Childhood Cash

Filed in Race to the Top by on October 25, 2013

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Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia are racing for the trough once again.  This time it’s for early childhood cash.  The applicants are: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont.

This is the second round, the first round came in FY 2011.  Here are the “winners” of that particular competition:

  • California – $75,000,000 (California had to revise the amount they requested to a lower amount)
  • Delaware – $49,878,774
  • Maryland – $49,999,143
  • Massachusetts – $50,000,000
  • Minnesota – $44,858,313
  • North Carolina – $69,991,121
  • Ohio – $69,993,362
  • Rhode Island – $50,000,000
  • Washington – $60,000,000

There are five key areas of reform that this grant addresses:

  • Establishing Successful State Systems by building on the state’s existing strengths, ambitiously moving forward the state’s early learning and development agenda and carefully coordinating programs across agencies to ensure consistency and sustainability beyond the grant;
  • Defining High-Quality, Accountable Programs by creating a common tiered quality rating and improvement system that is used across the state to evaluate and improve program performance and to inform families about program quality;
  • Promoting Early Learning and Development Outcomes for Children to develop common standards within the state and assessments that measure child outcomes, address behavioral and health needs, as well as inform, engage and support families;
  • Supporting A Great Early Childhood Education Workforce by providing professional development, career advancement opportunities, appropriate compensation and a common set of standards for workforce knowledge and competencies; and
  • Measuring Outcomes and Progress so that data can be used to inform early learning instruction and services and to assess whether children are entering kindergarten ready to succeed in elementary school.

Grant awards last for four years and will range from $37.5 million up to $75 million.  So states are once again looking at selling their collective educational soul for the promise of federal cash.  Haven’t we learned?  This time preschoolers are the ones being impacted.

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Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana.  Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning.   He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.

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  1. B says:

    Horrors. Preschoolers are getting quality eduction and the government is helping to pay for it??? What an outrage.