Mississippi comes up short.
The U.S. Departments of Education and Health & Human Services have just announced the winners of the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC). The grant competition was designed to support states that created high-quality plans to improve early learning standards, increase access to high-quality early ed programs, and to improve workforce training and support.
As expected, Mississippi was one of the 28 applicants that didn’t win funding. We previously stated that as one of only 11 states in the country without state-funded pre-K, submitting an application that lacked even a pilot pre-K model left us with little hope of winning.
Final scores and reviewer comments should be released in the coming days. When this happens, you can find them here at mississippifirst.org.