State wins federal money for education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina is one of nine states awarded federal Race to the Top grant money, meant to advance the state’s early childhood education efforts.

Senator Kay Hagan announced last week that the state will use money from the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge to ensure that every child in North Carolina is prepared for kindergarten. The money will also be used to build on the state’s nationally renowned early education programs, like its quality-starred rating system, to make sure families in high-need areas have access to high-quality early education. North Carolina could be awarded up to $70 million.

“We have long understood in North Carolina that our investments in education cannot wait until kindergarten or first grade,” Hagan, a member of the Senate committee responsible for education policy, said in a news release. “This grant will allow our state to continue the remarkable progress we’ve seen through programs such as Smart Start and More at Four. I’m proud to have joined other members of the N.C. delegation in supporting the state’s application, and I thank all of our North Carolina teachers and education leaders for their service to our students.”

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