Christian, Todd and Muhlenberg Counties are among several other counties that will benefit from state funding to establish or strengthen Community Early Childhood Councils.
The grants are part of Governor Beshear’s continued effort to improve education and health services for Kentucky children.
Governor Beshear adds that each area of the state has a regional coordinator or anchor who helps surrounding counties create or improve local councils and that the local school district in each anchor county is responsible for implementing the program.
Each region was awarded a $49,150 grant with Todd County listed as an anchor county with Christian, Muhlenberg and Hopkins Counties to benefit from the grant money.
Governor Beshear says the purpose of the Community Early Childhood Councils is to bring local people together to assess the unique needs of each early childhood community and build upon current strengths and explore creative ways to meet those needs.
Beshear says there are active councils in 105 counties across the state and include community representatives from local school districts, public health departments, childcare providers, Head Start, local libraries and others.