The 2012 Race to the Top Fund
The U.S. Department of Education and U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services
announced in April that $133 million from the
2012 Race to the Top fund will be available
for continued investments in state-level,
comprehensive early education reform. The
Departments intend to fund down the Fiscal
Year (FY) 2011 slate and invite the next five
applicants, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico,
Oregon, and Wisconsin, to apply.
The $133 million for additional Race to the Top-
Early Learning Challenge state grants will come
from a larger $550 million fund provided by
Congress through the Department of Education’s
fiscal year 2012 budget. Additional dollars from
the 2012 appropriation will be used to run a new
district-level Race to the Top competition.
Eligibility for 2012 Race to the Top-Early Learning
Challenge funding was based on the strength of
applications among States that participated but did
not receive awards in the 2011 competition. Colorado,
Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin each
earned approximately 75% or more of total points
possible on a 300-point scale in the 2011 competition.
The five States will each be eligible to apply for up
to 50 percent of the requested award amount in last
Revised state scores and additional details have
been posted to http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/awards.html.
The Department will publish a notice of proposed
rulemaking in the Federal Register in the near
future with the full details of this proposal.