$60,000+ in grants enhances Early Childhood Education services

Superintendent David Raleigh reads to children during Early Childhood School Readiness Day.
Superintendent David Raleigh reads to children during Early Childhood School Readiness Day.

By RON BENNINGFIELD

The Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood awarded LaRue County Schools’ special education department a series of early childhood grants totaling over $60,000, Director of Special Education Dr. Rhonda Simpson recently announced.

A $45,000 Quality Improvement Grant offers LaRue County Schools the ability to provide new initiatives, educational tools, resources, and books to families of young children.

“The purpose of the Quality Improvement Grant is to create family and community engagement opportunities that focus on the developmental domains to increase school readiness for young children enrolling in preschool and kindergarten,” Simpson explained. “The school district is partnering with the LaRue County Library, Central Kentucky Head Start, local child care centers and Family Resource Centers to offer the family engagement opportunities included in the grant.”

LaRue County Schools was selected to participate in the 2019 School Readiness Summit held in Somerset on April 29, 2019. At the summit the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood presented the grant opportunity.

Community Activities

A second award, The LaRue County Early Childhood Grant, was given by the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood for $12,580 which provides opportunities to offer community activities and trainings for early childhood providers in the county.

On July 26, the LaRue County Public Library, the Striving Readers Grant, the LaRue County Early

Childhood Council with LaRue County Schools as fiscal agent, provided materials and information to help parents prepare their children for entrance into preschool and kindergarten.

Simpson, council chairperson, said the materials were also distributed at the district’s back-to-school preschool bashes on August 16th.

“The grants support the district’s Early Childhood Strategic Plan to improve services for our 3- to 5- year-old children,” Simpson noted.

An additional grant of $3,900 was awarded to the LaRue County Early Childhood Council to offer events that target family engagement activities.

“This grant offers an opportunity to educate our parents and the community about early childhood school readiness,” she shared. 

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