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Great News for Maryland

2011-12-16

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to share with you the great news that Maryland was among nine states chosen today to share in $500 million in grant money for early childhood education. The grant money to come from the federal government’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge will open the door for more children to benefit from pre-K programs, as well as strengthen programs currently in place.

Maryland State Department of Education has assessed the readiness of every incoming kindergartener since 2001. Evaluations have consistently documented the effectiveness of pre-K programs. Long term national studies have also verified the benefits of high quality pre-K in many areas including:

  • Increases in high school graduation rates
  • Higher scores on standardized tests
  • Reductions in grade repetition
  • Lower rates of teen pregnancy
  • Higher employments rates and wages as adults

Members of many state agencies and child advocacy groups were instrumental in putting together Maryland's successful bid. I am so grateful that legislation I sponsored in 2009, 2010 and 2011 also helped play a part in securing this federal money. I look forward to tracking the many successes that will come from a stronger pre-K in Maryland.

To learn more about Race to the Top and the Early Learning Challenge, please read the following articles:

www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/we-cant-wait-nine-states-awarded-race-top-early-learning-challenge-grants-awards

marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/pressrelease_details/2011_12_16.htm

To view Maryland’s application for the Early Learning Challenge program, please click here:

www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-earlylearningchallenge/applications/maryland.pdf


As the 2012 Legislative Session draws near, please contact me with any thoughts, ideas or concerns you have on issues facing our State. It is an honor to serve you in Annapolis and I look forward to your feedback. I can be reached at 301-858-3686, by email at nancy.king@senate.state.md.us.

Sincerely,

Senator Nancy J. King

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