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RTT-ELC 2015 - Legislative Report

Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant 2015 Legislative Report.
California Department of Education
Report to the Governor, the Legislature, and
the Legislative Analyst's Office:
California’s Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge Grant 2015 Report
Executive Summary

This report is required by Item 6110-200-0890, Provision 2 of the Budget Act of 2014. The California Department of Education (CDE) is required to submit a report to the fiscal committees of the Legislature and the Governor 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 2015 federal RTT-ELC grant activities in California. The objective of RTT-ELC is to improve the quality of early learning programs and close the achievement gap for children with high needs. The 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) Great Early Childhood Education Workforce; and (5) Measuring Outcomes and Progress.

California's RTT-ELC implements a unique approach that builds upon its local and statewide successes to create sustainable capacity at the local level and addresses the geographic and cultural diversity of California. Approximately 77 percent of the grant funding is being spent at the local level, via 17 original consortia and 14 mentee counties, to support the development and expansion of successful local Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) efforts focused on improved outcomes for children with high needs.

The QRIS efforts have extended beyond the RTT-ELC Consortia and their Mentees. During 2015, 45 counties participated in funding opportunities that will sustain the QRIS work of RTT-ELC; the other 13 counties participated in opportunities supporting quality improvement (QI) activities or QI systems. These efforts indicate that program quality improvement is a major priority at state and local levels in preparing young children for lifelong success.

If you have any questions regarding this report, please contact Cecelia Fisher-Dahms, Education Administrator, California Department of Education (CDE), Early Learning and Care Division, by phone at 916-324-9739 or by e-mail at

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

I If you need a copy of this report, please contact Lila Nazari, Office Technician, CDE, Early Learning and Care Division, by phone at 916-323-1343 or by e-mail at

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Last Reviewed: Monday, December 17, 2018
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