Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Vermont will each receive a share of the 2013 Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) $280 million grant fund to improve quality and to expand access to early learning programs throughout their States. The 6 winning States join 14 existing State grantees; 20 States will now have additional Federal resources to support their reform agendas for early childhood education.

“We continue to work on efforts that will provide every child the opportunity for a high-quality early childhood development program,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Early Childhood Development Linda K. Smith. “Thanks to the leadership of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and their ability to work with governors, State officials, and early education advocates across the now 20 ELC States, thousands more of our youngest children will receive a stronger foundation needed to succeed in school and in life.”

RTT-ELC is jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS). “The Obama Administration has consistently been raising the bar for quality in early education programs,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius. “Providing a strong foundation for all children to learn through life is an investment in our Nation’s economic future.”

Find information on the RTT-ELC program here and here. For more information on the six new grants, read this press release.