NM receives early childhood education funds

New Mexico will receive a $12.5 million federal grant for its smallest learners, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday. 
The grant is part of the federal Race to the Top program, in which states compete for education grants that reward certain types of reform. This is in addition to a $25 million Race to the Top grant for early learning the state received last year. 
The money will be used to create systems that track students’ progress in preschool and provide them with support before elementary school. Specifically, it will be used to expand teacher training opportunities, create a student data system that different agencies can access and develop a kindergarten assessment process that will be consistent statewide. 
Some of these programs have already begun, but opportunities for students are expected to dramatically increase in August, according to the news release. 
Fourteen states received money through the “early learning challenge” portion of Race to the Top.



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