Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria; Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge
The Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (hereafter ``the Secretaries'') announce priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for the Race to the TopEarly Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) program. The Secretaries may use one or more of these priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2013 and later years. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (collectively, ``the Departments'') conducted the first competition under the RTT-ELC program in FY 2011 and awarded grants to nine States. In FY 2012, the Departments funded the five next highest-rated applicants on the slate of high-scoring applications from the FY 2011 competition. In order to maintain the overall purpose and structure of the FY 2011 RTT-ELC competition in future competitions, these final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria are almost identical to the ones used in the FY 2011 competition, with the exception of small language clarifications and eight substantive changes from the prior competition.