Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge

NOTICE: New Mexico's Race To the Top - Early Learning Challenge grant ended in December 2017 - however much of the work is continuing as part of our sustainability plan

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 made significant progress over the 4 years of of the RTT-ELC grant and the no cost extention year - that ended December 2017. Annual Performance Reports and an ongoing progress reports are below (Note: the final 2017 has not yet been finalized by the Department of Health and Human Service and US Department of Education.

New Mexico 2016 Annual Performance Report  »
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»

Sustainability Report

The RTT-ELC leadership team engaged with the Public Consulting Group to develop a sutainability plan that looks at how to continue the work conducted under the RTT-ELC grant to build a quality early learning system. The Sustaibility Report included input from 234 survey respondants, several focused groups and interviews with state agency project and leadership staff. The 'Early Learning NM Governance Team', with representives from the Department of Health, Children Youth & Families Department and Public Education Department are meeting regulary to address and implement many of the recommendations in the sustainability report, including the development of a MOA to etsablish an ongoing governance structure for Early Learning NM.
New Mexico RTT-ELC Sustaibility Report - (March 2018)  »
New Mexico RTT-ELC Sustaibility Report - Executive Summary (March 2018)  »