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Preschool Partnership Grants
Boosting Community Collaboration for
Quality Early Childhood Education

Prichard Committee’s Brief Highlights Pilot’s Success Stories About Helping Our Youngest Children Arrive at School Ready to Learn 

LEXINGTON, KY –  The Preschool Partnership Grants administered by the Kentucky Department of Education and authorized in the 2017-18 biennial budget are already showing promise in helping Kentucky communities and school districts build partnerships to help our state’s youngest children arrive at school ready to learn.

Success stories are highlighted in a new brief released today by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Thanks to the grant program, school districts, child care providers, and other partners are building capacity to serve more low-income three and four-year-olds or preschoolers in high-quality, full-day settings that provide the best foundation for school readiness and support for working families.

The Preschool Partnership Grants administered by the Kentucky Department of Education and authorized in the 2017-18 biennial budget are already showing promise in helping Kentucky communities and school districts build partnerships to help our state’s youngest children arrive at school ready to learn.

Thanks to the grant program, school districts, child care providers, and other partners are building capacity to serve more low-income three and four-year-olds or preschoolers in high-quality, full-day settings that provide the best foundation for school readiness and support for working families.

Across the state, the first year of the partnership grant program funded 23 school districts and local child care providers. Awards averaging $23,000 were aimed at building collaborative partnerships and developing plans for expanding full-day, high-quality preschool services. Another 46 grants, averaging about $120,000, funded implementation of new collaborations or expansions of existing services for the most vulnerable children.

“We are thrilled to see the partnership grant program begin to show results,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, Executive Director of the Prichard Committee. “This progress is a testament to the state’s commitment to innovation and partnership in early childhood and the hard work of many people who understand that the seeds of later success in school and in life are planted before children arrive at school. If Kentucky is to reach the nation’s top tier of educational excellence in this generation, we must support new ways of investing in preschool education.”

A separate round of partnership grant funds will support programs in the coming year under the state’s two-year allocation. The Prichard Committee brief focuses on preschool officials and education leaders at several grant sites statewide who affirm that continued preschool investment and emphasis on collaborating with local providers is yielding strong results.

The new brief continues a 2015 partnership among Metro United Way, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Kentucky Youth Advocates Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, the Kentucky Head Start Association, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services Stars for Kids Now, that produced the original Pre-K Collaboration in Kentucky: Maximizing Resources for Kindergarten Readiness, a first look at examples of partnership models underway in Kentucky.

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, non-partisan citizens’ advocacy group. Comprised of volunteer civic and business leaders from across Kentucky, the Committee has worked to improve education for Kentuckians of all ages since 1983.

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