Early Childhood Education


“Baby Race to the Top” Application Released

August 23rd, 2011

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Today the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services released the Application for Initial Funding for the $500 million Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Grant, of which Delaware is eligible for up to $50 million.  The Early Learning Challenge is organized around five selection criteria:           A...

Arne Duncan’s Dollars at Work: The Good, The Curious, and The Cautiously Optimistic

August 22nd, 2011

Author: Brett Turner

The Department of Education recently approved all 19 school district Race to the Top plans.  After combing through the plans, there are certain budget items that make me optimistic, items that give me slight pause, and others that require additional consideration.  In their plans, some significant investments that make me optimistic...

Delaware Competes for Early Childhood Funds

July 29th, 2011

Author: Madeleine Bayard

Since the announcement of the federal Early Learning Challenge, the third phase of the Race to the Top competition, states have been ‘racing’ to formulate bold applications for a share of the $500 million grant. Although the final criteria and deadlines have not been released, 36 states—including Delaware-- and the District of Columbia have...

Reflections from Connie Bond Stuart: Moving Forward for Children

July 19th, 2011


Since 2004 the Rodel Foundation has benefitted immeasurably from the leadership of Connie Bond Stuart, a director since 2004 and our chair since 2009.  An organization like ours needs a unique individual at the helm, and Connie has been the perfect fit. She has aligned the interests and strengths of education and business communities, and always...