18 States Receive Preschool Grants Eighteen states will receive federal grants totaling close to $93.5 million to develop or expand preschool programs, increasing access to high-quality preschool for 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families. The Preschool Development Grant awards will serve more than 33,000 children in the first year, according to the U.S. Department of ... News in Brief
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18 States Receive Preschool Grants
The ASHA Leader, February 2015, Vol. 20, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB6.20022015.13
The ASHA Leader, February 2015, Vol. 20, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB6.20022015.13
Eighteen states will receive federal grants totaling close to $93.5 million to develop or expand preschool programs, increasing access to high-quality preschool for 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families.
The Preschool Development Grant awards will serve more than 33,000 children in the first year, according to the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services, which administer the program.
States with small or no state-funded preschool programs were eligible for development grants. States with more robust preschool programs, or that had received Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grants, were eligible for expansion grants.
States receiving grants will develop or expand preschool programs that meet “high-quality” criteria in regionally diverse communities—from urban neighborhoods to small towns to tribal areas—as determined by the state.
The grants help ensure that more states are ready to participate in Preschool for All, an Obama administration initiative designed to ensure high-quality early learning that prepares all children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.
States receiving development grants are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana and Nevada. Expansion grants were awarded to Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
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