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Kingsland School District receives $15,000 Early Childhood Grant from SMIF

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Education

Superintendent John McDonald announced that the Kingsland School district received a $15,000 early childhood grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) for pre-school, school-aged child care and kindergarten programs at the school board meeting Monday, November 21.

Chris Howard, School-aged Child Care Coordinator, wrote the grant and was at the meeting to present the board with the check from SMIF.

"This grant will allow us to look for new ways to collaborate between our pre-school, school-aged child care, and kindergarten programs," Howard said. "We have been looking for ways to improve our programs, but we did not have the funds to acquire new curriculum."

"A good example of how we can improve the collaboration in our programs is phonics," she said. "The pre-school/school-aged child care and kindergarten programs teach two different methods for learning phonics."

"It makes more sense that we spend two years teaching the same phonics program that will be used in kindergarten," she said. "We are implementing change to make our programs more cohesive to prepare our students for kindergarten."

Howard plans on purchasing classroom supplies, curriculum and equipment with the grant money. "We are looking into what will be the best use of the money, what will have the best impact on our programs," she said.

The SMIF works with communities and organizations that commit to collaboration in early childhood education. They support educators and others as they find creative ways to make things better for children and their families. For more information about SMIF, go to www.smifoundation.org.

The next school board meeting will be Monday, December 19 at 7 p.m. in the district conference room. The board meeting will be preceded by a Truth in Taxation hearing for 2011 Pay 2012 Levy to be held at 6:30 p.m.

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