Michigan's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant
The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) was a federal initiative that provided competitive state grants to support purposeful efforts to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs were able to access high quality early learning and development programs, and that these programs were embedded within an integrated state system of programs and supports for young children.
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 were:
- the Michigan Department of Education (MDE),
- the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and
- the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB).
In addition, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) and Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) were participating partner organizations and had significant responsibility for implementing numerous grant activities.
Michigan divided its RTT-ELC related goals into seven interrelated projects. Select a project below for more details about each project.
Recent Project Updates
- RTT-ELC Final Report
- Great Start to Quality Validation Study Final Report
- Project Summary Infographics
- Michigan Early Care and Education Workforce Study 2018
- Voices from the Field: Michigan's Early Care and Education Workforce 2018
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.