What was an Early Learning Award?
The Early Learning Award was an incentive opportunity for child care providers, funded by the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant. The awards supported purposeful efforts to increase quality and ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs are able to access high-quality early learning and development programs, a top priority of Michigan's Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge.
Impacts of Early Learning Awards
All eligible programs and providers who applied for the Early Learning Award received funding to support quality improvement, high-quality environments, and high-quality practices. A total amount of just over $5,406,000 in Early Learning Awards was distributed to 2,142 programs and providers in Michigan. Of this total amount, a little over $149,000 was spent towards early childhood Screening, Assessment, and/or Curriculum.
Early Learning Awards and all related materials were made available through a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education.