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Florida out of the money in national Early Learning Challenge grant



Nine states have won the federal government's first round of a Race to the Top-style competitive grant to bolster early learning programs.

Florida, which applied, was not one of them.

The winners are reported as California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington.

"The Challenge has already been a game-changer for states, where we saw a groundswell of support for investing in early learning and taking on this systems-building work," said Cornelia Grumman, Executive Director of the First Five Years Fund. "It was bipartisan support too, with applications coming from 17 states with Republican governors and 18 states with Democratic governors. Regardless of party affiliation, leaders are recognizing the importance of investing in quality programs serving the youngest children. We just need resources to keep up with that demand."

Another round of the grant is expected next year.

[Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 9:58am]


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