Module 05 Discussion – Effects of Short-Term Funding

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For a number of years, the U.S. Department of Education’s “Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC)” grant competition infused millions of dollars into States across the country. You can read about RTT-ELC below:

Article: Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge Grant Competition

Retrieved from on 3/22/2017.

Race to the Top — Early Learning Challenge Grant Competition.pdf

The grant competition funded initiatives designed to:

  • increase      the number of low-income children in high-quality programs
  • design      and implement an integrated state system
  • ensure      that assessments are appropriate

Many States applied for (and received) grant funds through this opportunity. However, eventually these short-term funds will dry up. At that time, the States will need to put their own money into sustaining these recently funded programs or they will cease to exist.

In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of short-term funding? How does it influence the work states do? How does it impact children and families?

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