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Boone Early Childhood Fund Awards $82,000 in Grants to Local Agencies

The Boone County Early Childhood Fund announced four grant recipients receiving awards worth a total of $82,000.

The agencies receiving funds are working to improve school readiness for children in Boone County, a news release said.

Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center, Inc. received $10,000. The Ft. Mitchell-based agency offers childcare and preschool for children with and without special needs.
The grant funds will support the purchase of playground equipment and supplies.

The Boone County Public Library received $12,000. Its project is to develop a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) story-time program available at all Boone library branches for parents and teachers to help their young children in the areas of STEM.

Newport-based Brighton Center, Inc. received $28,800. It is working on a project called HIPPY (Home Instruction of Parents of Preschool Youngsters.) It will allow home visitation and key wrap-around services to families in Boone County. HIPPY will also provide summer activities to help children retain skills and education gains achieved during the school year.

Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission received $31,800. The Covington-based agency is creating an Early Childhood Academy that provides training services for teachers, center directors, and parents in collaboration with other agencies focused on early learning. This project will provide targeted professional development trainings. They already have 25 centers enrolled in the project.

The newly created Boone County Early Childhood Fund was born out of the former Boone County Success By 6 program which elevated the importance of early childhood throughout the region. 

-Staff report