$237M in Early Education Grants to 18 States

U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Award $237M in Early Education Grants to 18 States

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that 18 states will receive second year awards under the Preschool Development Grant program to continue their work in expanding access to high-quality preschool for all children.

Expanding access to high-quality preschool is critically important to ensuring that every child in America has the opportunity for lifelong success. This grant program will support building and expanding high-quality preschool in 250 high-need communities across 18 states that span the geographic and political spectrum.

This fall, more than 33,000 children from low- to moderate-income families had the chance to start school in a high-quality preschool because of the grants.

These second year awards being announced today will enable another 41,000 children in the 18 grantee states the strong start they need for success in school and in life.

Despite the evidence showing the importance of early learning, earlier this summer, House and Senate committees authored partisan spending bills that make significant cuts to programs that provide important services such as health care, public health and safety, job training, and education.

Both bills eliminate Preschool Development Grants, a program that is in the middle of building and expanding high-quality preschool in over 200 high-need communities across 18 states that span the geographic and political spectrum.[…] Continue reading