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RTT-ELC 2012-13 - Legislative Report

Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Legislative Report for Fiscal Year 2012-13.
California Department of Education
Report to the Governor, Legislature, Department of Finance, and
Legislative Analyst's Office:
California’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant Report
Executive Summary

This report is required by Item 6110-200-0890, Provision 3 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2012. The California Department of Education (CDE) is required to submit a report to the fiscal committees of the Legislature and the Administration on the state and local activities undertaken with the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant funds each year.

This report provides an update on the 2012 federal RTT-ELC grant activities. The objective of RTT-ELC is to improve the quality of early learning programs and close the achievement gap for children with high needs. RTT-ELC is organized around five key areas of reform: (1) Successful State Systems; (2) High-Quality, Accountable Programs; (3) Promoting Early Learning Development Outcomes for Children; (4) A Great Early Childhood Education Workforce; and (5) Measuring Outcomes and Progress.

California was a successful competitor and received a grant of $52.6 million over four years (January 2012 through December 2015). California is implementing a unique approach that builds upon local and statewide successes to create sustainable capacity at the local level and address the geographic and cultural diversity of the state. To achieve its ambitious goal, California is using the majority of the funding to support the development and expansion of successful local quality improvement efforts led by a voluntary network of 17 Regional Leadership Consortia (Consortia) in 16 counties that are operating or developing a local Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) or quality improvement system (QIS) and allocating local resources to the efforts.

In addition, California is using a portion of the RTT-ELC grant funds to make several one-time investments in state capacity via nine projects. These investments support the major RTT-ELC reform areas as well as providing additional resources for the Consortia and the state as a whole. During the four-year grant period, the CDE will be the RTT-ELC lead agency for California.

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Donna Elmore, Early Education and Support Division, by phone at 916-319-0545 or by e-mail at

California’s Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant Report

If you need a copy of this report, please contact Kim Taniguchi, Early Education and Support Division, by phone at 916-323-1301, or by e-mail at

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | 916-322-6233
Last Reviewed: Monday, February 2, 2015

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