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United Way Born Learning Academy Program

Grants to West Virginia Schools for Early Childhood
Learning Programs to Promote Kindergarten Readiness

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The Education Alliance

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Grants of $9,000 to West Virginia schools to implement early childhood (birth to Pre-K) learning programs for families in eligible regions. Funding is intended to engage schools and families in hands-on activities, discussions, and strategies to prepare children for kindergarten and maximize early learning and development.

The Born Learning curriculum provides building blocks for families to support their child's future academic successes and creates a strong connection between home and school. The program engages families in hands-on activities and discussions about what it means to be ready for kindergarten and strategies to maximize early learning and development.

Program Setting and Format
Academies must take place in an elementary school setting. If families are engaged in positive interactions in the school setting before school even begins, they are more likely to feel welcomed and remain engaged. Children are also more likely to be ready for kindergarten when parents, schools and communities work together to meet the needs of the child.

The Academies are structured around six workshop sessions. Sessions are led by the designated facilitator of the academy. Topics include:
1) Series Overview
2) Building Relationships
3) Language Skills
4) Nutrition and Health
5) How Children Learn
6) Routines and Learning on the Go

Schools use the grant funding to support the key elements of Born Learning Academy sessions and to offer:
- Family-style dinner for families and children
- Child care for children of participants
- Fun hands-on learning sessions for children
- Activity and discussion based sessions for parents
- Opportunity for families to model what they learned with their children
- Door prizes and incentives for increased attendance
- Third-party program evaluation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170371

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Estimated Size of Grant:

$9,000 over a two-year period.

Term of Contract:

Funding is intended for a period of two years starting the 2019-2020 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

West Virginia schools may apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An optional Technical Assistance call for interested schools will be held on January 11, 2019 at 3:30 PM. Please register in advance for the call by emailing the address in the Contact session.

Pre-Application Information:

- January 11, 2019 3:30 PM - Optional Technical Assistance Call for Interested Schools
- January 31, 2019: School Applications Due
- March 30, 2019: Selected schools notified
- May/June 2019: Coordinator/Facilitator Training
- August 2019: Program Launch

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To register in advance for the Technical assistance call email:

Email applications to

Or Fax application to: 304-342- 0046.

The Education Alliance
803 Quarrier Street, Suite 500
Charleston WV 25301

For more information contact The Education Alliance at 304-342-7851 or email the address above.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia