Maine wants your ideas as it prepares to enter the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge, a $500 million grant competition sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.
The state is eligible for up to $50 million in award funds to use for improvements to early childhood education. Visit Maine’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge web page for more information on the competition and the state’s efforts.
Maine’s Race to the Top team wants ideas from educators and the public as it assembles an application for the award funds. Information and ideas in response to the 10 prompts below would be particularly helpful.
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- Are you aware of Maine’s current Quality Rating and Improvement System offered through the Department of Health and Human Services?
- If your early childhood education program is not currently participating in Maine’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, why not?
- What would encourage your program to participate in the Rating and Improvement System?
- How can early childhood programs in the community and public schools strengthen their relationships with each other and families?
- While parents are at work or in school, many children are cared for by other family members, friends and neighbors. Are there activities or information that can support them in providing care?
- If you are serving children who bring high needs to your program, what additional supports or technical assistance could you use?
- If you run or work in an early childhood education program, are you seeking further professional development, credentials or degrees?
- Are you able to find the trainings or coursework you need?
- What barriers do you encounter when seeking training?
- Do you have suggestions for components of a comprehensive assessment that would help us understand: (1) the growth and needs of each child; (2) useful ways to measure and improve how effective we, adults, are in interacting with young children (birth to age 5); and (3) ways to measure and improve the impact of the experiences we are offering young children?