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Murray Announces Over $800,000 for Early Learning Opportunities in Southwest Washington

Sep 24 2002

Grant will promote school readiness and literacy for young children

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced that an Early Learning Opportunity Act Grant of $812,358 will be awarded to Educational Service District (ESD) 112 in Clark County.

The grant, distributed by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, promotes school readiness and literacy for young children.

"Young children deserve every available resource to help them succeed," Senator Murray said. "I am pleased that these funds will improve the lives of children in Clark County by helping them with the tools they need to get ahead."

The Early Learning Opportunity grant will support ESD 112's program, Every Moment Counts: Achieving school readiness in Clark County.

Specifically, the grant will increase family access to support programs by funding home visits, literacy activities, play groups, and parenting groups designed to enhance transitions to kindergarten. ESD 112's program is a result of successful partnerships between education and government.

Additionally, the grant money will be used to increase access to quality child care for families by establishing a Resource Specialist Team, focusing on literacy and school readiness, mental health, and health and safety.

"We're very fortunate that Senator Murray is helping us provide significant assistance to the early learning system in Southwest Washington," said Dr. Twyla Barnes, ESD 112 superintendent. "This grant will help provide critical support for families of young children in our communities."

Senator Murray is a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations subcommittee, which has enabled her to effectively advocate for quality education programs.

Murray's office worked with the Administration for Child, Youth and Families on behalf of the Early Learning grant for ESD 112.