Toyota kicks in money to bring preschool lessons into homes

09/25/2012 04:09 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear joined officials with Toyota to announce $115,000 in funding to expand a program designed to create early learning opportunities for young children and their families.

The grant will establish 10 academies in Kentucky elementary schools that will help teach parents of newborns up to five-year-olds how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.

Toyota committed to five more academies over the next four years and a total investment of $450,000.

Beshear’s push to expand state funding to send more low-income students to pre-school failed in the General Assembly. So the academies essentially allows parents to take some of the lessons of preschool into their homes.

“Kentucky’s ability to compete in an increasingly sophisticated world hinges on our children – all of our children off to a great start in life. That folks, is the most succinct summary of what is both our greatest opportunity and our greatest challenge in the commonwealth of Kentucky,” Beshear said.

Overall, other state early childhood education programs are partially funded through tobacco settlement money, which is dwindling as fewer people smoke.

Beshear has already asked the state lawmakers to use general fund dollars to invest in early childhood education and expand access, and he said he will continue to push for those funds over his second term as governor.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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