The ‘Race to the Top’ Winners: How States Plan to Use Quality Ratings Systems

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Laura Bornfreund
Early Ed Watch blog (New America Foundation)

When the Obama Administration unveiled its priorities for the early childhood version of Race to the Top, two focus areas were apparent at the start: improving access to high-quality early learning programs for high-need children and creating coordinated systems of early education, birth through pre-kindergarten. To do both, the administration designed the competition to favor states with big plans for rating the quality of childcare and pre-K programs and using those ratings to prompt improvements.