Discovery grants awarded

Regioni - posted Feb, 22 2013

REGION— The Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam Discovery Collaborative, The Northeast School Readiness Council, announced grant support for direct early childhood project support and connection to Discovery. Discovery grants are funded by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the Children’s Fund of Connecticut, and the Connecticut State Department of Education.  This grant will help to ensure all children in the Northeast, regardless of race and income level, are ready for school by age five and prepared to be successful learners by age nine. The Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam Discovery Program launched in 2001, serves as a local resource for children from birth to age eight and their families. Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam Discovery seeks to engage parents in their child’s early childhood education – birth through age eight, and in taking leadership roles within the community on behalf of all children.   These three communities have a longstanding history of working as a region. In 2010, The Northeast School Readiness Council applied for a Discovery grant to create one community plan to improve conditions for Killingly, Plainfield and Putnam’s young children and families.  Members from all sectors of these communities participated to share input, research and evaluate relevant data, and develop strategies to begin creating positive change.   Grants from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund to Discovery communities across the state are made possible by partnerships with the State Department of Education, Children’s Fund of Connecticut, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Connecticut Center for School Change.  William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund’s Discovery initiative offers grants and capacity building to 52 communities and six statewide partners. To learn more, visit:

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