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All Fayette County preschool programs receive five-star rating after Ky. Department of Education review

All elementary schools that house a Fayette County Preschool Program classroom received a 5-STAR rating – the highest mark achievable – after a review by the Kentucky Department of Education during the 2016-17 school year. The findings, which are good for three years, came through STARS for KIDS NOW, which is Kentucky’s quality rating system. KDE officials visited late last spring and gauged...

Early childhood development programs continue to benefit from Kentucky tobacco settlement

A child care center is the last place someone may expect to see improvements funded by a lawsuit against tobacco companies, unless the child care center is in Kentucky—the nation’s second largest tobacco producer. Sixteen years ago the Commonwealth earmarked 25 percent of its more than $3 billion share of a health-related national tobacco settlement for early childhood development. Today, the state...

Grant to Prichard Committee supports expansion of quality preschool, child care

Making quality preschool and child care available for more Kentucky children will be the focus of the work of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence under a $25,000 grant from the Gheens Foundation.   The grant will support the committee’s Strong Start Kentucky: Quality Preschool for Every Child campaign. That effort has been underway since 2007 with a focus of raising awareness statewide,...