The competition received such a huge response that Congress earmarked more money in its 2011 fiscal budget for the plan, Reuters reported yesterday. (Read the story here). In fact, the Obama administration has designatied $500 million for a spin-off program, "Early Learning Challenge," which focuses on children from birth to age five and high-quality early childhood education.
Yesterday, District Attorney Seth Williams was one of several speakers who participated in a forum on early childhood education in Washington D.C. Irnonically, the Philadelphia School District has proposed to make cuts to Pre-K, and full-day Kindergarten in order to close the $629 million deficit they stand to face next fiscal year.
Obama is also pushing to create yet another verison in which individual school districts can compete.
For the third round of grants this year, states will vye for a piece of $200 million, which range in size from $10 million to $50 million.