Race to the Top

For more information, click here to read the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Factsheet.

What is the Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge?

The Federal Government established Race To the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant in order to promote states to:

  • Establish successful state systems of early learning that includescoordinating across programs and agencies and ensure sustainability beyond the grant;
  • Create a common tiered quality rating and improvement system to promote high quality early learning options for families;
  • Promote early learning and development outcomes for children
  • Support a great early childhood education workforce; and
  • Collect data to measure outcomes and progress across early learning programs and over time to show that early learning makes difference in the lives of children

For more information on the grant in New Mexico, see the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Factsheet and Early Learning New Mexico Presentation.

The RTT-ELC grant is jointly administered by the US Department of Education and the US Department of Health and Human Services. You can find out more about the RTT-ELC grant on their websites below.

US Department of Education »
US Department of Health & Human Services »

New Mexico’s Application

New Mexico's Race To the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) application was developed jointly by the Public Education Department, the Children Youth & Families Department and the Department of Health and approved and signed by Governor Martinez. The original application was submitted in 2010, but unfortunately New Mexico was not awarded funding at that time. The Phase 2 application was submitted in 2011. New Mexico was selected in the second round of States in April 2012. New Mexico was initially awarded $25 million. An additional $12.5 million was awarded later, for a total award of $37.5 million. The work on the grant began in January 2013 and will go through December 2017.

New Mexico’s RTT-ELC Application 2011 (Phase 2) »
New Mexico’s RTT-ELC Application (Phase 2 Appendixes) »
New Mexico RTT-ELC Grantee Abstract »

Progress on the Grant

New Mexico has made significant progress on the RTT-ELC since it began in January of 2013! Much of year one was spent on gearing up to implement the grant, including hiring key staff; establishing contracts and establishing governance and communications processes. Annual Performance Report and an ongoing progress reports are below.

New Mexico 2015 Annual Performance Report »
New Mexico 2014 Annual Performance Report »

New Mexico 2013 Annual Performance Report »
New Mexico’s RTT-ELC Progress Report »
RTT-ELC Presentation to the Early Learning Advisory Council 03/26/15 »
Early Learning Communications and Marketing Stakeholder Report»