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A new state-level grant competition will direct $500 million in federal funding to improve child care and early childhood learning as part of the Obama administration's signature Race to the Top program.

The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge encourages states to make the best possible use of current federal and state investments in early childhood learning by creating comprehensive plans to transform early learning centers with better coordination and clearer learning...

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