Toyota is investing in the Future and Expanding Early Childhood Academies

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Kentucky Learning Acadamies Frankfort, Ky.  – Today, half of the kindergarteners in Kentucky schools enter unprepared. To put an end to this, Toyota and The United Way Born Learning Academies are joining forces with the Office of the Governor to expand early childhood academies to 36 more schools across the state.

The expansion is being funded by Toyota’s manufacturing operations in Kentucky and Kentucky’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge federal grant. Today, Toyota is in their fourth year of $1 million investment and the state is in their second year of $1.4 million.

“Race to the Top funds allow us to take another step toward helping every child in the Commonwealth enter kindergarten ready to succeed,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are proud to partner with United Way and Toyota as we engage families and communities to support and foster educational opportunities at the earliest level. Our effort at this stage will build a firm foundation as we prepare our students for success in school and the workforce.”

This announcement totals the statewide academies at 105, 50 funded by Race to the Top, 41 by Toyota and 14 that are original Kentucky contingent. With this level of support there will be 220 more schools built over the next four years.

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