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Early childhood academies to expand throughout Kentucky

Funding announced for 36 more schools

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear, Toyota and United Way announced the expansion of innovative early childhood academies to 36 more schools across the state. The initiative is funded by Kentucky’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge federal grant and Toyota’s manufacturing operations in Kentucky.

United-Way-Born-Learning-Academy-LogoThe United Way Born Learning Academies are designed to improve kindergarten readiness, since half of Kentucky’s children arrive to kindergarten unprepared. The academies include six free, monthly workshops that teach parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to 5 years old how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.

The state is in year two of a four year, $1.4 million expansion, while Toyota is in its fourth year of a $1 million investment.

The announcement brings the total number of statewide academies to 105, with 50 funded by Race to the Top, 41 by Toyota and 14 schools that are part of the original Kentucky contingent, operated with funding through United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky.

With support of the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (KYGOEC) and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, along with the Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers, Born Learning Academies will grow to 220 total schools over the next four years.