Eighteen states awarded grants toward developing early education

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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.

RELATED: CPB, PBS commit investment into digital media & technology resources 

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.