WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has announced that six states have won a combined $280 million in grants to improve early learning programs for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont were the winning states in the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. The winners were announced by the Education and Health and Human Services departments. The two agencies jointly administer the program.

This is the third time these early learning grants have been issued. Fourteen other states were previous winners. The winning states must show a willingness to carry out comprehensive improvements to programs focused on children from birth to age 5.

Details were expected to be released later Thursday about what the winning states proposed to do with the money.

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