Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Governor to Award More Than $1.2 Million to Prepare Youngest Students

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 26, 2015  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
502-564-2611
 


55 Community Early Childhood Councils receive funds to support school readiness initiatives

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear today announced nearly $1 million in grants have been awarded to 55 Community Early Childhood Councils (CECCs) covering 84 Kentucky counties to promote school readiness for children. Twenty-seven additional councils covering 33 counties have been invited to apply for the remaining funds of more than $280,000 bringing the total award to more than $1.25 million.

“Every community has unique needs and strengths,” said Gov. Beshear. “These grants allow communities across the Commonwealth to mobilize around improving outcomes for children. Investments in early childhood education are so important to grow Kentucky’s next generation of leaders. It is imperative to the future of Kentucky that our children get the best possible start in school and in life.”

Just last week Gov. Beshear joined early childhood professionals and community leaders to ensure Kentucky families can now be assured of the quality of their early learning and child care choices by ceremonially sign House Bill 234, a measure that expands and enhances Kentucky’s quality rating system for early care and education programs.

Concerning today’s announcement, Community Early Childhood Councils work to develop community-level strategies for improving school readiness and early childhood outcomes. These councils are comprised of community volunteers from local school districts, public health departments, childcare providers, Head Start, local libraries, parents and interest groups.

The grants, awarded through the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (KYGOEC), range from $5,000 to $50,000 per county. The KYGOEC and the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) – both created by Gov. Beshear in 2011 – work closely with CECCs across the Commonwealth to ensure a strong start for Kentucky’s children.

The CECCs utilize 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.

“Community Early Childhood Councils play an important role in making sure every child in Kentucky arrives at school ready to grow, ready to learn and ready to succeed,” KYGOEC Executive Director Terry Tolan said. “We are grateful for the council volunteers who give their time to Kentucky’s children.”

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

Council Name

Funding Amount

Boone

$25,000

Pulaski

$20,000

Jessamine

$20,000

LaRue

$7,000

Nelson

$20,000

Rockcastle

$7,800

Warren

$25,000

Casey

$7,900

Clay

$10,200

Floyd

$20,000

Four River

$28,000

Grayson

$14,100

Hancock

$7,000

Woodford

$11,800

Allen, Logan, Simpson

$33,700

Clinton

$7,000

Eastern Streams

$40,000

Jefferson

$50,000

Lawrence

$9,100

Marion, Washington

$17,700

Martin

$7,000

Meade

$16,400

Rural KIPDA

$20,000

Wayne

$9,300

Caldwell, Lyon, Crittenden

$21,000

Graves, Marshall

$33,600

McLean

$7,000

Mercer

$11,300

Montgomery

$14,100

Russell

$8,100

Union

$7,500

Adair

$8,900

Henderson

$20,000

United 4 Kids

$28,000

Bell, Harlan

$24,310

Calloway

$12,835

Hopkins

$17,000

Muhlenberg

$12,155

Ohio

$11,985

Pendleton

$6,630

Johnson

$10,370

Mason

$8,330

Robertson

$5,950

Trigg

$5,950

Campbell, Grant, Kenton

$63,835

Owen

$5,950

Green, Taylor

$15,810

Hart, Metcalfe, Monroe

$19,805

Jackson

$5,950

Livingston

$5,950

Powell

$6,035

Webster

$5,950

Franklin

$17,000

Northeastern Alliance

$49,215

OVEC

$60,180

For more information on CECCs or the Early Childhood profiles visit www.kidsnow.ky.gov. You can also follow the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood on Twitter @KYGEOC or Facebook at facebook.com/KYGEOC.

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