The young students at the Rebecca Blaylock Child Development Center have started learning letters, colors and other early skills on the Nook e-reader. Teachers started using the tablets a couple of weeks ago. They direct the lessons while students work in small groups with the touchscreen devices.
Georgia will not get 70 million in federal grant dollars officials hoped to use to improve early childhood education. The state had hoped to win a portion of the latest federal Race to the Top funding focused on early learning, but was not among nine states chosen for the grants.
Georgia is applying for more federal "Race to the Top" money, this time for early learning. The Obama administration announced in May that states could compete for part of $500 million aimed at encouraging better coordination and clearer learning standards for early education programs. It's the third round of the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" competition.