Kentucky awards millions to set up kids ‘kindergarten’

Governor Andy Beshear intends to use this federal grant to invest in Kentucky children.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The state of Kentucky will receive millions of dollars to help better prepare children for kindergarten.

On Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear announced the US government had selected Kentucky for a federal grant of nearly $36 million, according to a press release.

State officials say the grant is intended to support families and the Kentucky economy by ensuring more children are kindergarten ready.

Beshear said he and his government have always put education first, starting with the youngest students in Kentucky.

“This is an investment in our children and also in our future workforce and economy,” he said. “This is personal to me as a father, because I want all of our children to have the best opportunities here.”

The Office of Early Childhood Development Preschool Development Birth to Five (PDG B-5) grant will provide Kentucky $11.9 million annually for three years.

“This funding strengthens our economy with high-quality early childhood education for our future workforce while addressing today’s concerns from parents working with young children,” said Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet Secretary Jamie Link.

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