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Christian County Receives $25,000 to Prepare Kentucky's Youngest Students

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Governor Steve Beshear recently announced nearly $1.2 million in funding for 58 Community Early Childhood Councils (CECCs) in 91 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children. Christian County received $25,000 in this funding cycle as part of the Governor’s continuing commitment to improving education and health services for Kentucky’s youngest citizens.

“These grants will help communities give our children the best possible start in school and in life,” Gov. Beshear said. “Every child in the Commonwealth, from the most rural farm to the inner city, deserves the opportunity for a promising life. Local Councils are most qualified to serve the needs of the children in their communities.”

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (KYGOEC) and the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), both created by Gov. Beshear in 2011, work closely with Community Early Childhood Councils across the Commonwealth to ensure a strong start for our children on a local level. Individual grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 per county. The CECCs are comprised of community volunteers from local school districts, public health departments, childcare providers, Head Start, local libraries, parents and interest groups in many other areas.

CECCs develop strategies for improving early childhood care and education by assessing the unique needs of each community and building upon current strengths to explore creative ways to meet those needs. This year’s grant applications asked CECC’s to use county-level data to develop collaborative strategies focused on improving school readiness. 

The CECCs utilized the Early Childhood Profile, a county-by-county profile that shows kindergarten readiness data, participation in publicly funded Preschool, Head Start and child care; quality and availability of child care and the education of the early childhood workforce; and demographic data that represent key indicators of possible barriers to success for young children and their families as a planning tool.

“Making sure that every child in the Commonwealth gets the best possible start in life must be everyone’s priority,” KYGOEC Executive Director Terry Tolan said.

The following is a list of local councils that received grants:

Community Early
 Childhood Council

Amount Funded

Adair

$8,900

Allen/Logan/Simpson

$33,700

Bell/Harlan

$28,600

Boone

$25,000

Butler/Edmonson

$14,000

Calloway

$15,100

Campbell/Grant/Kenton

$75,100

Carroll

$7,000

Casey

$7,900

Christian

$25,000

Clay

$10,200

Clinton

$7,000

Cumberland

$5,049

Daviess

$25,000

Fleming

$7,300

Floyd

$20,000

Four River

$28,000

Franklin

$20,000

Garrard

$8,000

Graves/Marshall

$33,600

Grayson

$14,100

Green/Taylor

$18,600

Hancock

$7,000

Hardin

$25,000

Hart/Metcalfe/Monroe

$23,300

Henderson

$20,000

Hopkins

$20,000

Jackson

$6,772

Jefferson

$50,000

Jessamine

$20,000

Johnson

$12,200

Larue

$7,000

Lawrence

$9,100

Lincoln

$6,000

Madison/Estill/Powell/Clark

$57,200

Marion/Washington

$17,700

Martin

$7,000

Mason

$9,800

McCracken

$20,000

McLean

$7,000

Meade

$16,400

Montgomery

$14,100

Muhlenberg

$14,300

Nelson

$20,000

Northeastern Alliance

$57,900

Ohio

$14,100

OVEC Counties

$50,800

Pendleton

$7,800

Perry/Leslie/Knott/Letcher

$40,000

Rural KIPDA

$40,000

Russell

$8,100

Todd

$8,100

Tri County

$55,200

Trigg

$7,000

United 4 Kids

$28,000

Warren

$25,000

Webster

$7,000

Woodford

$11,800

Fourteen additional counties have been invited to participate in technical assistance to build local Council capacity and apply for grant funding later this year.

The Governor’s Office of Early Childhood works with local CECCS to support families and offer high-quality, affordable early care and education options. For more information about the KYGOEC, the Brigance Kindergarten Screen or the Early Childhood Profile, visit us online at http://kidsnow.ky.gov.