PA Awarded $51.7 million through Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

Governor Corbett announced the US Department of Education grant on December 19. Initiatives to be funded by the grant include:

  • Establishing 50 local Early Childhood Education Community Innovation Zones to serve the lowest performing elementary schools in the state
  • Improving access for children with high needs to high-quality early learning programs
  • Increasing access and delivery of high-quality professional development for early learning educators
  • Developing a no-cost universal Kindergarten Entry Inventory for voluntary use by schools to better understand the needs of students entering kindergarten
  • Operating 4 Governor’s Institutes for nearly 3,000 pre-K to grade 3 educators to experience and share strategies/best practices


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