Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Application (PDF Files)

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Introductory Documents
Letter to Secretary Duncan and Secretary Sebelius
Application Assurances & Certifications
(p. 3-5)
Eligibility Requirements
(p. 6-7)

Selection Criteria
(A) Successful State Systems (p. 8-9)
(A)(1) Demonstrating past commitment to early learning and development (p. 10-46)
(A)(2) Articulating the State’s rationale for its early learning and development reform
agenda and goals
(p. 47-58)
(A)(3) Aligning and coordinating early learning and development across the state (p. 59-70)
(A)(4) Developing a budget to implement and sustain the work of this grant (p. 71-83)

(B) High-Quality, Accountable Programs (p. 84-85)
(B)(1) Developing and adopting a common, statewide Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (p. 86-96)
(B)(2) Promoting participation in the state’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (p. 97-110)
(B)(3) Rating and monitoring Early Learning and Development Programs (p. 111-118)
(B)(4) Promoting access to high-quality Early Learning and Development Programs (p. 119-134)
(B)(5) Validating the effectiveness of the State Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (p. 135-142)

(C) Promoting Early Learning and Development Outcomes for Children (p. 143-44)
(C)(1) Developing and using statewide, high-quality Early Learning and Development Standards (p. 145-50)
(C)(2) Supporting effective uses of Comprehensive Assessment Systems (p. 151-67)

(D) A Great Early Childhood Education Workforce (p. 168)
(D)(1) Developing a Workforce Knowledge and Competency Framework and a progression of credentials (p. 169-74)
(D)(2) Supporting Early Childhood Educators in improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities (p. 175-89)

(E) Measuring Outcomes and Progress (p. 190)
(E)(1) Understanding the status of children’s learning and developing at kindergarten entry (p. 191-201)
(E)(2) Building or enhancing an early learning data system to improve instruction, practices, services, and policies (p. 202-15)

Competition Priorities (p. 216-35)
Budget (p. 236-76)

Table of Contents (p. 277-80)
References (p. 281-88)
Appendix 1: Building on Strong Foundations (p. 289-91)
Appendix 2:  Minnesota’s Investment in Local, State and National Research and Evaluation Projects (p. 292-94)
Appendix 3: Early Childhood Comprehensive Framework (p. 295-99)
Appendix 4: MinnCANN Community Leader Testimonials (p. 300-303)
Appendix 5: Better Schools for a Better Minnesota: 7 Point Plan (p. 304)
Appendix 6: Executive Order 11-05 (p.305-307)
Appendix 7: Early Learning Council Members (p. 308-309)
Appendix 8: Dr. Karen Cadigan CV (p.310-19)
Appendix 9: Parent Aware Standards (p.320)
Appendix 10: Parent Aware Indicators and Scoring (p.321-23)
Appendix 11: Parent Aware Indicators and Scoring – Centers (p. 324-26)
Appendix 12: Parent Aware Indicators and Scoring – APR (p. 327)
Appendix 13: Development Process for Standards and Indicators (p. 328-31)
Appendix 14: Summary of Rationale for Parent Aware Revisions (p. 332-41)
Appendix 15: Map-CCAP Annual Expenditures (p. 342)
Appendix 16: Map-CCAP Average Monthly Children (p. 343)
Appendix 17: Map-Number Licensed Providers by County (p. 344)
Appendix 18: Map-Children in Poverty by County (p. 345)
Appendix 19: Printouts of Parent Aware web pages (p. 346-49)
Appendix 20: Printout of sample web page from Licensing Information Lookup (p. 350-51)
Appendix 21: Invest Early Evaluation (p. 352-55)
Appendix 22: Child Trends Capacity (p. 356-57)
Appendix 23: Parent Aware Year 1 Evaluation (p. 358-59)
Appendix 24: Parent Aware Year 2 Evaluation (p. 360-61)
Appendix 25: Parent Aware Year 3 Evaluation (p. 362-63)

Appendix 26: ECIPs-Birth to 3 (p. 364-418)
Organization and structure
DOMAIN I: Social and Emotional Development
DOMAIN II: Language Development and Communication
DOMAIN III: Cognitive Development
DOMAIN IV: Physical and Motor Development
Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Appendix 27: ECIPs-Ages 3-5 (p.419-86)
Organization and structure

DOMAIN I: Social and Emotional Development
DOMAIN II: Approaches to Learning
DOMAIN III: Language and Literacy Development
DOMAIN IV:  Creativity and the Arts
DOMAIN V: Cognitive Development
DOMAIN VI: Physical and Motor Development
Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Appendix 28: Assessment & Training Center Description (p. 487-89)
Appendix 29: TIES Cooperative Personalized Learning Plan (p. 490-93)
Appendix 30: School Readiness Report Card (p. 494-95)
Appendix 31: Minnesota Center for Professional Development (p. 496-97)
Appendix 32: Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners (p. 498-521)
Appendix 33: Minnesota’s Career Lattice (p.522-23)
Appendix 34: MN PD Registry screen shots (p. 524-27)
Appendix 35: MN PD Registry Learning Record (p. 528-29)
Appendix 36: Centers of Excellence (p. 530-31)
Appendix 37: CCR & Rs (p. 532-33)
Appendix 38: MN Reading Corps (p. 534-35)
Appendix 39: Center for Inclusive Child Care (p. 536-37)
Appendix 40: MN Child Care Credential (p. 538-40)
Appendix 41: TEACH (p. 541-42)
Appendix 42: Individual Training Needs Assessment (p. 543-54)
Appendix 43: Professional Development Plan (p. 555-61)
Appendix 44: STAR System (p. 562)
Appendix 45: 2009 School Readiness Study (p. 563-79)
Appendix 46: P-20 Bylaws (p. 580-83)
Appendix 47: P-20 Governance (p. 584-86)
Appendix 48: MELF Research Consortium Projects (p. 587-88)

Memorandum of Understanding (p. 589-618)

Letters to the Governor (p. 619-95)
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

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