Kentucky Among Winners In Latest "Race To The Top" Challenge

Dec 19, 2013

Early learning programs in Kentucky are set to receive a boost from the federal government.

Kentucky will receive $44M to improve access to early learning and development programs as part of the 2013 Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge.

The state Department of Education can use the extra dollars to establish early childhood learning programs for children from birth to kindergarten. Officials can also put the funding toward monitoring the quality of programs across the state and promoting the efforts to parents.

Five other states also received grants: Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. In all, the grants totaled $280M. The Obama administration has awarded close to $1B to 14 states since the program started in 2011.