McConnell announces nearly $4.3 Million for Kentucky childcare and early education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today 27 community service agencies and educational organizations received a total of $4,299,950 to provide necessary childcare and learning services during the coronavirus pandemic. The federal funding, distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start, was made available by the bipartisan Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020. Senator McConnell negotiated the coronavirus rescue bill and led it to enactment in December.

“Kentucky’s childcare and early-education providers have worked courageously during the coronavirus pandemic to create safe and nurturing environments for the next generation in the Bluegrass. I’m proud they’re receiving federal resources from the big and bipartisan COVID rescue bill I championed to continue their important work,” said Senator McConnell. “As more Kentucky parents are able to head back to work, these educational and social services are as important as ever to help our Commonwealth’s economy come roaring back.”

Grantee City  Award 
Ashland Independent School District Ashland $36,116
Audubon Area Community Services Owensboro $601,939
Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency Pineville $115,271
Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Paintsville $334,979
Blue Grass Community Action Partnership Frankfort $91,194
Bourbon County Board of Education Paris $55,077
Boyd County Board of Education Ashland $48,155
Breckinridge County Board of Education Hardinsburg $34,611
Breckinridge-Grayson Programs Leitchfield $62,000
Carroll County Board of Education Carrollton $55,679
Central Kentucky Community Action Council Lebanon $148,679
Community Action Council for Lexington-Fayette, Bourbon, Harrison and Nicholas Counties Lexington $671,763
Community Action of Southern Kentucky Bowling Green $176,669
Family & Children’s Place Louisville $166,135
Gateway Community Services Organization West Liberty $224,825
Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency Jamestown $193,824
Leslie Knott Letcher Perry Community Action Council Hazard $179,378
Lincoln County Board of Education Stanford $64,708
Middle Kentucky Community Action Partnership Jackson $96,611
Murray Board of Education Murray $160,116
Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency Olive Hill $93,300
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Covington $159,514
Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative Shelbyville $359,960
Owsley County Board of Education Booneville $14,447
Paducah Independent School District Paducah $71,330
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green $53,573
Williamstown Board of Education Head Start Williamstown $30,097

Last year, Kentucky organizations participating in the Head Start program received a total of $13,282,259 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senator McConnell introduced the CARES Act, which became the largest economic rescue package in history, and led it to unanimous Senate passage in about a week.

“The coronavirus pandemic has posed serious challenges for parents and students in their education. We are grateful for Senator McConnell’s continued leadership in delivering the necessary federal resources to support Kentucky’s Head Start programs that are vital to families across the Commonwealth,” said Prichard Committee President and CEO Brigitte Blom Ramsey. “This investment can continue to help prepare children to excel in the classroom and throughout their lives.”

“During the first five years, a child’s brain is at its most flexible, making this a critical period for learning and growth. Serving both children and their parents, Head Start and Early Head Start have been proven to support what all young children need to thrive: good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences. As Kentucky and other states around the country re-open and re-build, it is more important than ever that these vital programs sustain and expand their valuable services. We thank Leader McConnell for ensuring this program is available to children and families across the Commonwealth,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates