(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – The Washington County School District has received notification that it has been awarded the Preschool Partnership Grant in the amount of $118,024, according to an announcement from Assistant Superintendent and Director of Special Education, Jason Simpson. According to the Kentucky Department of Education’s website, in collaboration with the State Board of Education, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, the Child Care Advisory Council and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, KDE announced the new grant program to be designated to initiate cooperative public/private partnerships between public school districts and child care providers to develop full-day, high-quality programs for at-risk children. The incentive grant program will help school districts and child care providers to improve the quality of services in their communities.
“The design of the program is to increase the amount of time eligible students are enrolled in high-quality programs,” said Simpson. The grant targets children who are eligible for the Child Care Assistance Program. Currently, preschool sessions in the district are half a day. With this grant, students in those programs who qualify could have child care for the entire day. Funds from the grant will be used for curriculum, trainings, additional staff, general supplies and advertising. “We are excited about the partnership between Washington County Preschools and Washington County Child Care Centers,” Simpson said.
“The Washington County School District is very excited and appreciative of the funding to continue our commitment to early childhood learning,” says Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. “Research tells us that early intervention is key to a successful future. This grant and partnership will strengthen our learning opportunities for our youngest students. Preschool teachers Missy Hamilton and Stephanie Casey, along with directors Kim Grigsby and Mona Coslow, are perfect examples of quality teachers that enhance learning for our youngest learners. We are very fortunate to have the personnel we have working with our preschoolers and day care children.”