Early Learning Overlooked in the Race to the Top District Competition

Tell the Department of Education that it is crucial that early learning is a requirement/absolute priority of the Race to the Top District Competition Role.  This is that message that Child Care Aware of America (formerly National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies) is encouraging the nation to make known to the Department of Education. 

Deadline to comment is June 8th.

How do you tell the Department of Education they need to reconsider their requirements for the applications for the grant and include early learning as a requirement?

It’s really easy!

  • Comment on the Department’s Blog (note depending on what page you are on, the comments differ.  Most of the early learning comments are on the “Absolute Priorities” page).  Click on “Share your Thoughts.”

A Little about the Race to the Top District Competition

“The Race to the Top District competition will build on the lessons learned from the State-level competitions and support bold, locally directed improvements in teaching and learning that will directly improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness.“ Race to the Top District Competition Draft

Child Care Aware America has broken down what is expected of applicants, what is at stake and what we might want to see in the competition for early learning.

Bottom Line:  You can make a difference with a simple comment.  Let the Department of Education know that it is important to include early learning as a requirement in the application!  Just stating that it should be there could be enough to make a difference.  Share with your friends, colleagues and parents.  Volume is what is going to make a difference.  Do it!


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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.