Gov. Corbett has expressed his intent to apply for the $500 million federal grant program, "Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge."
Though it's unclear how much Pennsylvania stands to get if they make the cut, any reward to the state could mean a significant boost to Philadelphia, the state's largest school district.
A contribution would help close the remaining $35 million gap the school district faces. District officials have proposed more layoffs to help cushion the shortfall.
The federal program, a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services, will distribute $500 million in grant funds to states that develop plans that will improve child care and early learning programs in their state.