Michigan's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

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The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) is a federal initiative that provided competitive state grants to support purposeful efforts to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high quality early learning and development programs, and that these programs are embedded within an integrated state system of programs and supports for young children.
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In Phase 3 of the grant competition, Michigan was awarded $51.7 million to improve early learning programs. Participating State Agencies responsible for the implementation of grant projects and activities are:

The Lead Agency for the grant continues to be MDE, with the MDE Office of Great Start leading the implementation, management, and cross-partner collaboration efforts of the grant.

In addition, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) and Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) are participating partner organizations and have significant responsibility for implementing numerous grant activities.


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To learn more about the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant visit the US Department of Education Grant site. To learn more about specific projects, please visit the Michigan RTT-ELC Projects Page, visit our grant resource page, view our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us with questions or comments.

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