Minnesota Receives Race to the Top Grant
Minnesota recently received a $45 million Race to the Top Grant to increase the number of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in early learning programs. Minnesota was one of nine states chosen to receive the grants out of the thirty-five that applied.
“Minnesota has proven that early childhood education is one of the smartest investments a state can make,” said Franken. “I’m pleased that Minnesota was awarded this Race to the Top funding because it will allow Minnesota to help narrow the student achievement gap, improving school readiness and laying the groundwork for job creation and economic growth."
The Minnesota Department of Education will use the $45 million to develop a better system of effective early childhood education. The money will initially focus on White Earth, Itasca County, St. Paul’s Promise Neighborhood and Minneapolis’ Northside Achievement Zone. The systems developed in these communities will then be implimented throughout the state.
More information about the grant can be found here.