$25,000 Awarded to Livingston Educational Program for Families

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HOWELL — The Community Foundation for Livingston County has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Livingston Educational Service Agency to support a countywide program for families and children. The grant is part of the Community Foundation for Livingston County’s upcoming 25th anniversary celebration and a commitment to the future of the county’s youngest residents.

“We are grateful for the generosity and vision of the Community Foundation for Livingston County to allow LESA and the early childhood community to focus on the continuum of learning for children,” says Dan Danosky, LESA superintendent. “Learning doesn’t start in kindergarten, nor does early learning stop at age five.  This grant demonstrates the support for and value of seamless teaching and learning in the home and at school.”

The project will build on the existing work of LESA’s early childhood staff by focusing on boosting the kindergarten readiness for the 2015-2016 school year.  Among the tools to be created are:

  • A Book By Kids for Kids: Written by current kindergarten students for incoming students, it will use drawings and words to highlight things they need to know before their first day.
  • Activity Calendar for Parents: This three-month activity calendar for parents of incoming kindergartners will be supplemented by activities highlighted in the Social, Emotional and Approaches to Learning Objectives identified by the Kindergarten Readiness Survey.
  • School Connections Event: Held for incoming kindergarten students and their families, this event will be hosted at 18 elementary schools across Livingston County. LESA will create an event template for principals and parent-teacher organizations to successfully utilize these events to best prepare students for school.
  • Kindergarten Transition Planning Forums: Three Kindergarten Transition Forums will take place.  Each will be designed to launch countywide planning for longer-termed needs and goals for kindergarten readiness.  Forums would include principals, preschool directors, parents, kindergarten and preschool teachers and community members.
  • Kindergarten Transition Binders: A compilation of information gathered at the forums to ensure that everyone within the program is working with the same approach.

This is the second recent partnership between the Community Foundation for Livingston County and a major nonprofit in the county.  Last November, the organization collaborated with Leadership Livingston to promote civic leadership, providing $10,000 grants each to local adult and youth leadership teams to fund projects that will benefit residents of the county.

Since its founding in 1991, the Community Foundation for Livingston County has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to support and improve the public well being and quality of life in the areas of human services, the arts, civic affairs, education, health and the environment in Livingston County.

For more information about how you can support the Community Foundation for Livingston County, contact Randy Ross at either rross@cfsem.org or 810-229-2550.

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