WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), released the following statement on the announcement that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been selected as one of six states to receive a Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant for $51.7 million. Fattah was Co-Chair of the 2007 National Summit on America's Children that served as an impetus for the structure of the RTT-ELC grant program:
"This grant is an exciting opportunity for Pennsylvania to expand access across the Commonwealth to quality early learning initiatives and a strong commitment to our statewide educational community. Evidence has shown that effective early childhood education is a key factor in future educational and career success. For the U.S. to remain a global leader, we must be investing in these future generations, and that starts with enrolling all of our nation's children in an early learning program. I have joined with President Obama in making early education a national priority, and I am proud to see Pennsylvania honored as a recipient of this competitive grant program."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah