Kentucky Expanding Early Childhood Academies

Published 06/17 2014 05:53PM

Updated 06/17 2014 06:15PM

Several early childhood academies are expanding in Kentucky, and two of them are right here in the Tri-State.

Thelma B. Johnson School in Henderson and Estes Elementary in Owensboro are among 14 new early childhood learning academies that will receive part of a five year, $1 million investment by Toyota's Manufacturing Operations in Kentucky.

The "Born Learning Academies, Driven by Toyota" take aim at the fact that half of Kentucky's children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to the Kentucky Board of Education.

The free academies offer monthly school-based workshops that teach parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to five years old how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities.

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