Schroeder, A.D. Expert Forum: BUILD Initiative. August. Invited by the Early Learning Challenge Collaborative to advise a select number of state delegations on their efforts at drafting plans to build integrated early childhood systems as part of the US Department of Education Race-To-The-Top Early Learning Challenge Grant Program. The Early Learning Challenge Collaborative (ELCC) is a partnership between the BUILD Initiative and the First Five Years Fund supported by private foundation dollars and was established to support states as they plan, apply for, and implement the Early Learning Challenge.