Eighteen states awarded grants toward developing early education
Eighteen states have been awarded development grants totaling more than $226 million for the expansion or improvement of early education.
President Obama announced the grants Wednesday morning as a part of a Summit on Early Education at the White House.
The grants were awarded to states and some of their respective communities based on their commitment to build or develop high-quality preschool programs and expand those to needy areas.
New York received the most among expansion grants, and Arizona received the most among development grants.
All of the recipients including their grant award for 2014 has been listed below.
Grant recipients included the following:
Alaska: $17.5 million
Arizona: $20 million
Arkansas: $15 million
Connecticut: $12.5 million
Hawaii: $2.1 million
Illinois: $20 million
Louisiana: $2.4 million
Maine: $3.5 million
Maryland: $15 million
Massachusetts: $15 million
Montana: $10 million
Nevada: $6.4 million
New Jersey: $17.5 million
New York: $25 million
Rhode Island: $2.3 million
Tennessee: $17.5 million
Vermont: $7.2 million
Virginia: $17.5 million
As a part of the daylong summit, the White House also announced a $330 million commitment from corporations and organizations, including a $58 million investment between CPB and PBS for digital educational tools available for children, parents and educators.
Wednesday morning, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan teamed up with internationally renowned singer Shakira for a public Twitter Q&A around early education.
Shakira serves on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Several of the questions revolved around the biggest problems of early education currently as well as asking about what could be done.
You can view the entire Twitter conversation in the Storify compiled by the White House.
Several studies have shown that quality early education programs help students later in life to be successful in school and life, according to Alliance for Excellence Education.
The President also launched an early head start-child care partnership called “Invest in Us.”
For more information on “Invest in Us” or the early childhood education initiatives launched Wednesday, visit the website.