Last November, we wrote briefly about the second round winners of the Investing in Innovation (i3) competition. Our review of the winning applications and peer reviewers’ comments found that five of the 23 overall winners applied under the early learning competitive priority, but only four were awarded the extra point by peer reviewers. In this post, we will take a much closer look at thewinning proposals awarded the early learning competitive priority point.
To receive the early learning competitive priority point, applicants were asked to focus on:
- Improving young children’s school readiness (including social, emotional and cognitive readiness) so that children are prepared for success in core academic subjects;
- Improving developmental milestones and standards and aligning them with appropriate outcome measures; and
- Improving alignment, collaboration and transitions between early learning programs that serve children from birth to age three, in preschools and in kindergarten through third grade.