Hardin County Schools land grant for full-day preschool instruction

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By Hardin County Schools

Hardin County Schools has landed a grant to offer full-day preschool instruction at Creekside Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School.

“I cannot stop smiling,” HCS Director of Early Childhood Education Carlena Sheeran said. “This is absolutely tremendous for our students at these schools. They will not have to go through as many transitions. They will be at school longer; therefore, they will have access to deeper and stronger learning opportunities than ever before.”

The grant provides $75,000 to each of the schools and comes from the Kentucky Department of Education’s Preschool Partnership Grant.

“Our grant application was written to offer high-quality, full-day programming for our students,” Sheeran said. “The grant will also provide high-quality professional development for identified child care centers and programs in our area. The programs are the HCS Early Childhood Program and the HCS School-Aged Childcare Program. We worked in collaboration with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative to earn that part of the grant.”

There are now nine full-day preschool classrooms in the district:

Two at Cecilia Valley (Howevalley) Elementary School

Two at Creekside Elementary School

Two at Lakewood Elementary School

Two at Woodland Elementary School

One at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School

“The No. 1 objective for our program is to reduce barriers for children and their families,” Sheeran added. “Research clearly shows that when children receive high-quality instruction at an early age, they do very well in their academic careers and continue strong work habits in their professional and personal lives. This grant helps us to continue to achieve our goals.”

The full-day instruction will start when preschool
begins Aug. 23. Kindergarten through 12th-grade students begin the school year Aug. 10.