New Everyday Learning Collaborative will impact more than 100,000 Kentucky children and families
Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013
The Everyday Learning Collaborative has received more than $1.14 million in grants from the James Graham Brown Foundation and the PNC Foundation. This new partnership among KET, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Metro United Way will provide unique and effective resources for early childhood educators and families throughout Kentucky.
The announcement was made this morning at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.
The James Graham Brown Foundation’s grant of $818,775 is the second-largest private gift in KET’s history. As part of its Grow Up Great initiative, the PNC Foundation invested an additional $325,000, following a $150,000 grant in 2010 that helped launch KET’s Everyday Science for Preschoolers prototype.
With these grants, KET will create an expansive collection of Everyday Learning videos, interactives and classroom activities. These will be distributed free online for use by early childhood educators and families. Curriculum toolkits for educators, conveniently organized in binders, will offer lesson plans and training materials.
More than 1,000 early childhood educators statewide will receive free, hands-on training with these materials from KET, NCFL and Metro United Way that will impact an estimated 28,000 children and families during the grant project period. With ongoing curriculum development and online training, it is expected that more than 100,000 Kentucky children and families will be impacted by the project over the next seven years. A particular focus will be to serve low-income children, where need is often high and resources are limited.
The Everyday Learning Collaborative aims to increase early childhood educator effectiveness and family engagement to help improve school readiness in science, math, social studies, health and the arts.
There is an urgent need to prepare Kentucky’s children with skills necessary for success in today’s global economy, which begins with preparing them for kindergarten. However, according to pilot data released by the Kentucky Department of Education, only 28 percent of incoming kindergarten students in Kentucky were ready to succeed without additional support.
This initiative expands upon the hundreds of hours of educational preschool content on television and online, like Sesame Street, that KET provides to Kentucky homes and childcare centers.