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State applies for $50M in early-childhood grants

October 20, 2011
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii is seeking nearly $50 million over four years from the federal government for early-childhood education.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie's office says it submitted its application Wednesday for the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" grant competition.

States had a Wednesday deadline to apply for the $500 million federal grant competition to improve preschool education programs.

The amount Hawaii is applying for is the cap based on the state's number of children 5 years old and younger from low-income families.

The Governor's Office says Hawaii's application proposes a "collaborative and systematic approach" to reform.

The plan includes improving coordination of programs, policies and services and enhancing the size and quality of the early-childhood education work force.

Awardees will be notified at the end of this year.



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