Applications for New Awards; Statewide, Longitudinal Data Systems Program

9/20/11

Purpose of Program: The Statewide, Longitudinal Data Systems program awards grants to State educational agencies (SEAs) to design, develop, and implement statewide, longitudinal data systems to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data. The Department’s long-term goal in operating the program is to help all States create comprehensive P-20W (early learning through workforce) systems that foster the generation and use of accurate and timely data, support analysis and informed decision-making at all levels of the education system, increase the efficiency with which data may be analyzed to support the continuous improvement of education services and outcomes, facilitate research to improve student academic achievement and close achievement gaps, support education accountability systems, and simplify the processes used by SEAs to make education data transparent through Federal and public reporting.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 182

Available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-20/html/2011-24151.htm

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Technical Assistance to Applicants

9/15/11

On Tuesday, September 13th, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services hosted a Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT – ELC) Technical Assistance Workshop for State Applicants in Washington, D.C. with simultaneous Video-tele Conferencing to the ten U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Offices.  The slides from that workshop are now available for reference.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/technical-assistance-workshop-slides-sept-13-2011.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions — Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge

9/12/11

The purpose of this guidance is to provide information about the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Departments) are jointly administering RTT-ELC. This guidance provides the Departments’ interpretation of various statutory provisions and does not impose any requirements beyond those included in the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011; the RTT-ELC notice inviting applications (NIA); and other applicable laws and regulations. In addition, it does not create or confer any rights for or on any person.

The Departments will provide additional or updated program guidance as necessary on the RTT-ELC Web site, www.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge. If you have further questions that are not answered here, please email RTT.Early.Learning.Challenge@ed.gov.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/guidance-frequently-asked-questions.pdf

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) NIA and Application Overview

On Thursday, September 1st, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services hosted a Pre-Technical Assistance Workshop Webinar for State applicants for the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT – ELC) to walk them through the application.  The Application Overview Webinar power point presentation that was used can be found on our RTT – ELC program webpage, at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/index.html  It is available in two versions: one with notes and one without.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Available at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/nia-application-overview-presentation.pdf

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Application for Initial Funding

Dates:
Applications Available: August 26, 2011.
Date of Meetings for Potential Applicants: To assist States in preparing the application and to respond to questions, the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, the Departments) intend to host a Webinar with potential applicants on September 1, 2011, to review the requirements, selection criteria, and priorities for this competition. The Departments also plan to host a Technical Assistance Planning Workshop for potential applicants on September 13, 2011, in Washington, DC. Registration information and additional details for the September 1, 2011, Webinar; the September 13, 2011, workshop; and any other technical assistance events are on the Race to the Top-Early Learning (RTT-ELC) Web site at http://www.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: October 19, 2011.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: December 19, 2011.

Full Text of Announcement
I. Funding Opportunity Description
Purpose of Program: The purpose of the RTT-ELC program is to improve the quality of early learning and development and close the achievement gap for children with high needs. The RTT-ELC grant competition focuses on improving early learning and development for young children by supporting States’ efforts to increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers enrolled in high-quality early learning and development programs; and designing and implementing an integrated system of high-quality early learning and development programs and services.

Source: Federal Register, Volume 76 Issue 166

Available at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-08-26/html/2011-21756.htm

Obama Administration releases final application for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge

8/23/11

Today the Obama Administration released the final application for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), which will provide $500 million in state-level competitive grants to improve early learning and development programs.

The goal of the RTT-ELC is to better prepare more children with high needs for kindergarten because children from birth to age 5, including those from low-income families, need a strong foundation for success in school and beyond.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Available at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/08/20110823b.html

Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTTT-ELC): Resources for States — Early Childhood Community

The following resources, primarily focused on workforce issues, developed by the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) and the CONNECT Project, may be useful for states in the development and implementation of  RTTT-ELC grants. For more information about these resources, contact Pam Winton ( pam.winton@unc.edu ) .

SELECTION CRITERIA:

A. Successful State Systems

B. Promoting Early Learning and Development Outcomes for Children

C. High-Quality, Accountable Programs

D. A Great Early Childhood Education Workforce

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCU) and the CONNECT Project

Available at: http://community.fpg.unc.edu/news/resources-related-RTTT-ELC?enews=

PI 11-03 Participation in Your State’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Plan

7/20/11

This Program Instruction (PI) addresses the role of Head Start and Early Head Start grantees in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), which will be jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. This program is an exciting opportunity for Head Start grantees and for young children and their families. RTT-ELC is a competitive grant program whereby States will be encouraged to focus on transforming early learning systems through better coordination, effective tiered quality rating and improvement systems, clearer early learning standards, data and assessment systems, and meaningful workforce development. Through this competition, Head Start can highlight and model the high-quality services and collaborations that have always been part of Head Start’s vision.

Source: Early Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Head%20Start%20Program/Program%20Design%20and%20Management/Head%20Start%20Requirements/PIs/2011/resour_pri_003_071311.html

36 States, D.C. to Apply for Race to Top Early Ed. Money

Governors in 36 states, along with District of Columbia officials, have told the U.S. Department of Education that they want to compete for $500 million in new Race to the Top money that is designed to spur improvements in early-childhood programs across the country.

The expected applicants are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Source: Education Week

Available at: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2011/07/37_states_plan_to_apply_for_ra.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2