Letters and Correspondences
Comments on Race to the Top Preschool Development Grants
Kevin Lindsey (Former Staff)Early Childhood
First Focus submitted these comments on the Race to the Top Preschool Development Competitive Grant established by the FY2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 113-76). This new grant program is a great opportunity to expand the capacity of states to improve quality or access of existing pre-K initiatives or to implement a new state-funded pre-K initiative to ensure access for low- and middle-income children. Among other recommendations, our comments recommend that all state be eligible to apply, that state plans ensure pre-K initiatives are high-quality, and that the grant program purposefully target existing inequality that results in fewer children from low- and middle-income families enrolled in pre-K than their wealthier peers.