Malloy targets more preschool slots in early learning grant application

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the Office of Early Childhood today released Connecticut’s application for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge.

Connecticut’s application outlined three major goals aligned to the work of the Office of Early Childhood that the funding would support.

It would enable Connecticut to enroll 9,500 high-need children in high-quality early learning and development programs.

To expand access to such programs, 500 programs would be identified for improvements that would result in a higher quality rating.

The third objective articulated in the plan is to achieve a 5 percent decrease in the kindergarten readiness gap by 2017.

In total, sixteen states and the District of Columbia applied for $280 million competitive grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The grant size varies depending on the proportion of children ages birth through five-years-old from low-income families residing in the state compared to the national population. Based on this formula, Connecticut would be eligible for an award of $37.5 million.

Award announcements will be made by December 31, 2013. Funding will begin immediately in January, 2014.

Eileen FitzGerald