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.  

And the winners are: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Washington.Six of the nine ELC members were also Race to the Top winners in 2010 (CA, MN, and WA are the three exceptions).  North Carolina is the only southern winner among the six southern states that applied.  In all, 36 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications.  

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.


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