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Race to the Top

Early Learning Challenge

In December 2013, Pennsylvania won a Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant of $51.7 million over four years. This grant builds upon Pennsylvania's successes to provide more at-risk children such as children living in low-income families, English language learners, children with disabilities and developmental delays, and children experiencing homelessness, with high quality early learning opportunities to close the achievement gap.

Pennsylvania is using the "Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Pre-K-3rd Grade Approaches," created by Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D. of the University of Washington to inform this work.

Recent project developments and project outcomes will be posted on this page. Check back frequently to stay current with progress.

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OCDEL's PA Early Ed News

Stay up to date with the latest information from the PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). Sponsored by OCDEL, the PA Early Ed News is a monthly e-newsletter to inform on developments in early childhood education and care in Pennsylvania. It is free and open to anyone. Subscribe to PA Early Ed News.