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Money Available for Covington Residents to Help Kids Prepare for Preschool

Money is now available for Covington residents who want to help young children to be better prepared for preschool.

The Center for Great Neighborhoods is offering $250 nano grants to Covington residents to come up with and implement creative ways to engage pre-school age children to encourage Pre-K readiness.

“The years before kindergarten are some of the most important times in a child’s life,” said Jameela Salaah, Program Manager Youth Development at The Center. “Just in those few years, children learn skills that they will have to use for the remainder of their lives. This includes the ability to communicate well, social and emotional development, motor skills, pre-math and literary skills, and growing accustomed to schooling later on. “

In addition to encouraging skills such as vocabulary and counting, the nano grants should include building a sense of community, celebrating differences or fostering community pride in a creative way. Any Covington resident, student, or worker is eligible to apply for the grants of up to $250.

Those interested in submitting an application are encourage to attend an information session at The Center. Sessions will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 15 and 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 18. Grant applications are due on Tuesday, May 31 at 5 p.m. Applications are available on the “Grants” page of The Center’s website – www.greatneighborhoods.org.  

The Nano Grant Program is made possible through generous support from The Kresge Foundation. The program aims to encourage creative solutions to local problems using creative placemaking tactics. Creative placemaking is defined as any artistic or creative effort to make a community or a neighborhood stronger.   

For more information about the Pre-K Readiness Grants, contact Jameela Salaah, Program Manager Youth Development at (859) 547-5538 or [email protected].

-Staff report