FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Gov. Matt Bevin announced the Commonwealth was awarded a $25,000 early childhood grant.
The one-year grant comes from the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices to help enhance early childhood development.
Through this NGA grant, Integrating and Advancing State Prenatal to Age Three Policies, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood (GOEC) will collaborate with partner agencies to align policies aimed at enhancing cognitive and socio-emotional development.
Last month, Kentucky was awarded a $10.6 million federal grant for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Preschool Development Birth through Five (PDG B-5).
Gov. Bevin says the grant will enable the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) to assess resources, “As we identify and implement these best practices, the Commonwealth will continue our momentum toward becoming a national model for serving and equipping children and families, especially the most vulnerable among us.”
Specific project goals to be achieved with NGA assistance include:
• Assessing the current nature and alignment of partner agency policies targeting infants, toddlers, and expectant families,
• Assessing opportunities for improving policies and procedures that affect child and family services,
• Increasing stakeholder awareness of the needs of infants, toddlers, and expectant families, the impact of trauma on family stability and child development, and how to promote resiliency in families,
• Developing a policy agenda targeting comprehensive services and supports for infants, toddlers, and expectant families, and
• Developing guidance for state agencies (adopted by ECAC) for promoting best practice policy strategies.
GOEC executive director Linda Hampton says, “The PDG and NGA awards will allow GOEC to lead the collaborative efforts among the Kentucky Department of Education, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and Education and Workforce Development Cabinet to create Kentucky’s first aligned prenatal through third grade standards.”
The NGA Center for Best Practices teams and divisions develop innovative solutions to public policy challenges. The center is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nations governors.
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