U.S. Department of Education and HHS releases Early Learning Challenge

The U.S. Department of Education, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the final application for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC).   The purpose of the Early Learning Challenge is to prepare young children ages birth to five for success in school.  This is something that libraries do everyday in communities across the country.

Click here for the Department of Education’s press release.

The Early Learning Challenge awards will range from $50 million to $100 million, depending on the population of the state.  Governors are the only ones eligible to apply for these awards.  If you haven’t done so already, it is important that you let your governor know what great work your library does in preparing children to start school and let them know that with this money your state’s libraries will be able to better continue this work.  Also please continue to work to get librarians onto your governor’s task force boards.

Applications for this grant are due October 19, 2011 and award winners will be announced in December 2011.

Click here for the Department of Education’s information on the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.

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