(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – The Washington County School District was recently awarded the School Readiness Grant in the amount of $45,000 and the School Readiness Alumni Grant in the amount of $15,000 after participating in the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood’s 2019 School Readiness Summit in Morehead. The GOEC called on superintendents/assistant superintendents to lead a school readiness summit team. Washington County’s team consisted of Jason Simpson, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Special Education, Paula Turner, Assistant Director of Special Education/District Special Education Consultant/Director of Preschool and Amanda Thorn, School Psychologist, Clara Logsdon, Outreach Coordinator with the Washington County Public Library and Tammy Stanley, Assistant Director of Central Kentucky Head Start. While attending the summit, the team worked with a facilitator to create a distinctive action plan based on the district’s data to increase school readiness in the community. The team’s action plan was selected to receive funding.

Early Childhood Staff - School Readiness Summit 9.16.19

Pictured from left: Amanda Thorn, Clara Logsdon, Paula Turner, Jason Simpson and Tammy Stanley. (Photo, courtesy of Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood)

Simpson said the focus of the grant is for local agencies to partner to provide support and resources for all those who are providing early childhood care to the children of Washington County. “It will provide trainings, resources and materials to local childcare providers and families with a focus on school readiness,” he says. “Resources will support child development in the areas literacy, numeracy, social/emotional and adaptive skills. We are very excited about this opportunity and our community partners.”

“The grant will provide an opportunity to expose families to the developmental milestones that are crucial to a child’s development in preparing them not only for school, but for increased independence in life,” says Turner. The grant is allowing the district to further support families prior to school entry to begin forming early partnerships and extending support to local agencies as we try to prepare children for the school setting.”

“We are thrilled to receive these funds,” says Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. “I am extremely proud of our team that attended this summit and am excited to see the partnerships with community members. Most importantly, we are excited to see how this will benefit children and families all over the county.”