Arizona Awarded Preschool Development Grant by the U.S. Department of Education

Author: Helios Education Foundation

December 16, 2014

Recently, the state of Arizona was awarded a Preschool Development Grant by the U.S. Department of Education to help enhance the infrastructure to provide high-quality preschool programs throughout our state. Arizona will receive a minimum of $20 million in federal dollars.

“This is a huge win for our state,” said Dr. Karen Ortiz, Vice President & Program Director, Early Childhood Education Initiatives for Helios Education Foundation. “This grant award is a direct result of the early childhood community, the business community and our elected leaders coming together to help increase the resources available to ensure our youngest and most vulnerable children have the opportunity to participate in high-quality early learning opportunities.”

Of the 36 applications that were submitted, five states were awarded development grants and thirteen were awarded expansion grants. These funds will help create or expand high-quality preschool programs in high-need communities, help implement state-level infrastructure and quality improvements, and help create partnerships and align early learning programs with school districts and K-3 educators.

As a foundation focused on ensuring individuals have opportunities for postsecondary success, Helios Education Foundation recognizes the importance of the early years in laying the foundation for student success in school and beyond. In addition, recent demographic data tells us that more than half of all children in Arizona live in low-income families. The need to direct resources for high-quality early learning opportunities to high-need communities is critical. All children in Arizona, regardless of their zip code, deserve a high-quality education that will put them on a path to success in college and career.

Category: Early Childhood Education

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