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Somerset Independent Schools Awarded Born Learning Grant

Somerset Independent Schools Awarded the Born Learning Grant


FRYSC Coordinator, Kelly Crow, wrote the grant last year and Somerset Schools will be participating for two grant cycles.  Our preschool teachers, Ashley Gates and Stacy Ferrell are the teachers for the Academy.  Childcare is provided by qualified Somerset High School Community Service Students, through the direction of Jennifer Johnson, YSC Coordinator.  Our meals will be provided through local businesses or through the grant.  Our thanks to Danny Ashlock with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for previously providing Subway to our families. 

Born Learning Academy meets every second Thursday of the month through February at Hopkins Elementary.  Start time is 5:30pm and ends at 7:00pm.  It is open to ALL children in Pulaski County ages 0-5 years of age.  

Brief History:  In Kentucky, half of children do not arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Through United Way Born Learning Academies, families can take an active role in getting their child ready for kindergarten starting from birth. The program offers practical ideas to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. Through a series of six free workshops, parents, families and caregivers learn about child development and how to spark learning opportunities during ordinary routines like bath times and grocery trips. Workshops are open to all families with children from birth to age five. Free childcare and dinner are provided. Many offer prizes and graduations at the conclusion of the program. Workshops take place in elementary schools and are coordinated by local Family Resource and Youth Service Centers.

There are 214 United Way Born Learning Academies operating across the state and in over 76 counties. 

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