The Secretary of Education has released final priorities which may be used across the Department of Education’s discretionary grant programs to incentivize actions and give preference to applicants without making additional rule making.
A notice of proposed priorities and definitions (NPP) was published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2014 (79 FR 35736). The document contained background information and reasons for proposing the particular priorities and definitions. In response to our invitation in the NPP, more than 1,600 parties submitted comments on the proposed priorities and definitions.
The early learning priority supports projects that are designed to improve early learning and development outcomes across one or more domains for children from birth through third grade (or for any age group within this range) through a focus on one or more of the following: increasing access to high-quality early learning programs; improving the quality and effectiveness of the early learning workforce; improving the coordination and alignment across and between early learning systems and elementary education systems; including preschool as part of elementary education programs; and sustaining improved outcomes throughout the early elementary school years.
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