Ill. gets $35M grant for early childhood education
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) --
get nearly $35 million if federal aid for early childhood education.
The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant will fund a website
to inform parents about school-program quality and help communities find
programs that match children's needs.
It will fund professional development for early-childhood teachers, will
allow the state to make one-time investments in efficiency, assist streamlining
of program administration and data systems. It'll also pay for program
evaluation to determine effectiveness.
grant from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services is
one of 14 provided to states for helping children considered a risk for
State schools Superintendent Christopher Koch (KUK') says the money will
help improve the state's infrastructure and program efficiency.
Online: Early Learning Challenge: http://tinyurl.com/bgfh2ma