FRANKFORT — The Bracken County and Robertson County School Districts recently received an early childhood education grant that will allow the districts to improve literacy and numeracy in preschool-aged children.
The grant, which comes from the governor’s Office of Early Childhood, totaled $59,799 each.
Bracken County Schools Special Education Director Kevin Courtney said the grant will be used to build on existing partnerships with the Brooksville Day Care, Bracken County Head Start program and Bracken County Preschool program to provide early literacy and early numeracy learning.
The grant will also allow the school district to provide the facilities with supplies and to offer parent engagement nights.
“Each facility will receive supplies to improve numeracy and literacy in children ages 3-5,” Courtney said. “We will also be able to provide three parent engagement nights to help build on the resources offered.”
According to Courtney, it is important to provide education to children early in life.
Courtney said he was excited about the grant.
“I’m very excited about the grant,” he said. “It will allow us to continue to reach out and help engage not only the parents and the students who are enrolled here, but also the students who will be entering the school district. It’s important to set up a student’s education early on.”
The Robertson County School District also received the grant in the same amount that will be used for early childhood education.
Bracken County and Robertson County were two of only 50 districts in the state to receive the grant.
According to the letter from the governor’s office that was provided to districts, the contracts for the grant will begin on Nov. 15, 2019 and end on Feb. 15, 2020.
“This grant will focus on strengthening Kentucky’s comprehensive early care and education system, to support all young children and their caregivers. Participants will build on existing partnerships and relationships to improve the leveraging of resources across programs and agencies, build capacity of local leaders with regard to programs, communications, outreach to families, and engagement strategies, and to ensure children receive timely, effective, and high quality services that are responsive to their needs,” the letter said.