Race to the Top- Early Learning Challenge grants available to states


States: Apply for the RTT-ELC funding

The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Fund (RTT-ELC) grant competition will focus on improving early learning and development programs for young children by supporting States’ efforts to:

  1. Increase the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children in each age group of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are enrolled in high-quality early learning programs
  2. Design and implement an integrated system of high-quality early learning programs and services
  3. Ensure that any use of assessments conforms with the recommendations of the National Research Council’s reports on early childhood.

Deadline: October 19, 2011

Awards Announced: December 2011

Estimated Range of Awards: $50 million-$100 million

Eligibility: States (Governor’s office).

Please see links below for more information:


SPARK can help you meet the requirements outlined in the RTT-ELC application!

SPARK Early Childhood (EC) is an evidence-based Physical Activity program targeting children ages 3-5 that has been proven to WORK and LAST.


Click Here to download a detailed document that will explain how you can use SPARK to align with the goals of the RTT-ELC. This document includes information that shows:

  1. Role of Physical Activity in Early Learning
  2. SPARK alignment with RTT-ELC Priorities & Focused Investment Areas
  3. SPARK Deliverables, Evaluation and Assessment

Next Steps:

Contact SPARK. We’ll ask you a few questions, learn about your current early childhood programs, and listen to your vision for creating a healthier community. Together, we’ll create a program that will WORK and LAST.

The SPARK Programs

1-800-SPARK-PE (772-7573)   –   spark@sparkpe.org –   sparkpe.org