early childhood education http://wkyufm.org en Kentucky House Backs Funding for Child Care Rating Expansion http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-house-backs-funding-child-care-rating-expansion <p>The Kentucky House is backing a significant expansion of the early child care provider rating system.&nbsp;&nbsp; It will mean hundreds more child care centers will be able to tap into the “Star Rating” program offered by the state.&nbsp; The expansion will necessitate training paid for by federal dollars through the “Race to the Top” grant program.&nbsp;<br /><br />One of those supporting the measure is Louisville Representative Joni Jenkins.&nbsp; Jenkins works at a community college and sees many young people involved in remedial programs.&nbsp;<br /><br />“I cannot tell you how heartbreaking it is to work with students who will be in developmental math four and five semesters and I know that’s because they didn’t get what they needed at a very early age,” said Jenkins.</p><p>While the bill passed the House 77 to 13, there were a number of lawmakers who expressed concern about paying for the training long term.&nbsp; Bowling Green Representative Jim DeCesare says he supports boosting pre-school education for children, but still wonders about the cost.<br /><br />&nbsp;“That doesn’t mean that I can’t ask the question where is the money going to come from after the grant runs out.&nbsp; Who’s going to pay for it,” said DeCesare.<br /> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:13:25 +0000 Stu Johnson (Kentucky Public Radio) 43851 at http://wkyufm.org Kentucky House Backs Funding for Child Care Rating Expansion Toyota Gives Grant to Help Early Childhood Academies in Kentucky http://wkyufm.org/post/toyota-gives-grant-help-early-childhood-academies-kentucky <p>Automaker Toyota is helping Kentucky schools expand an early childhood learning program. Toyota is giving $115,000 to open 10 more Born Learning programs in the commonwealth. The program is for pre-kindergarten students and their parents and is meant to prepare children to enter school. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:00:00 +0000 19749 at http://wkyufm.org