Michigan's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

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The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) was a federal initiative that provided competitive state grants to support purposeful efforts to ensure that greater numbers of children with high needs were able to access high quality early learning and development programs, and that these programs were embedded within an integrated state system of programs and supports for young children.
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In Phase 3 of the grant competition, Michigan was awarded $51.7 million to improve early learning programs. Participating State Agencies responsible for the implementation of grant projects and activities were:

The Lead Agency for the grant was MDE, with the MDE Office of Great Start leading the implementation, management, and cross-partner collaboration efforts of the grant.

In addition, the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) and Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) were participating partner organizations and had significant responsibility for implementing numerous grant activities.

Michigan divided its RTT-ELC related goals into seven interrelated projects. Select a project below for more details about each project.


Project 1 Governance button Grand Management & Governance

Project 2 Increasing GSQ Participation buttonIncreasing GSQ Participation

Project 3 Supporting Healthy Minds & Bodies buttonSupporting Healthy Minds & Bodies

Project 4 Enhancing GSQ buttonEnhancing GSQ

Project 5 Developing Early Childhood Educators buttonDeveloping Early Childhood Education

Project 6 Early Learning Data System buttonEarly Learning Data System

Project 7 Increasing Family Engagement button

Increasing Family Engagement



Project Resources


To learn more about the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant visit the US Department of Education Grant site. To learn more about specific projects, please visit the Michigan RTT-ELC Projects Page, visit our grant resource page, view our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us with questions or comments.

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