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Race to the Top -- Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) FY 2012-13

Funding Description

The California RTT-ELC grant, issued by the United States Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, is federal funding that will be used to support planning and coordination for full implementation of a county or regional Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to help improve access and quality of early learning programs for children with high needs, age 0-5.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, other organizations or agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria Potential Regional Leadership Consortia agencies must currently be operating or developing a QRIS and have submitted a Letter of Intent to Participate. Potential agencies must also be known for their success in delivering and investing in high-quality early learning and development programs as well as other program investments for children birth through age five, and be prepared to make significant financial investments in the further development of quality improvement initiatives in their region.
Other Eligibility Considerations First 5 County Commissions are also eligible for these funds.
Eligible Grade Level(s) Pre-K
Eligible Age Level(s) 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Legal Authority CFDA No. 84.412A; PL111-5 and 112-10. 14005 and 14006, Division A, of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, as amended by Section 1832(B) of Division B of Public Law 112-10, The Department of Defense and Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011.
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2012-13
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 5037 / 8290
Total Available $9,850,000
Recipient Amount See Allocation Formula
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Each of the 17 county recipients will receive a prorated funding amount based on their high need population that is weighted against the combined high need population of all 17 county recipients.

Important Dates

Date Application Available Unavailable
Due Date Unavailable
Expected Notification Date August 20, 2012

Additional Information

Application Unavailable
Background Race to the Top -- Early Learning Challenge []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsRTT-ELC Funding Results FY 2012-13 []
Other Unavailable


Program Cecelia Fisher-Dahms, 916-324-9739,
Fiscal Karin Peterson, 916-322-4855,
Division Early Education & Support Division, 916-322-6233 (phone), 916-445-4871 (fax)
Last Modified: May 28, 2015

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