The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Rhode Island with the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant that will help change and improve the education of children throughout the state.
According to the press release, Rhode Island is one of nine winners of this grant nationwide, which could bring the state up to $50 million over the next four years.
This is the second major grant that the state has received in the past two years towards early learning. Last year, the Department of Education awarded Rhode Island a Race to the Top grant of $75 million to help transform the education of students from K-12.
"As we work to improve education in Rhode Island, we must focus our efforts on the education of our youngest students. Success in the early years is the foundation for all that follows," said Governor Lincoln D. Chafee in the press release.
The grant will help to provide high-quality professional development to people working in early-learning programs. It will also help build upon the state-wide data system to develop clear and accurate knowledge about children, their teachers and all schools and programs.