Marengo Pre-K program recieves $10,000 APF grant
Published 10:26 am Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Alabama Power Foundation has awarded 21 Pre-K programs across the state with classroom grants and among those is the Pre-K program at Marengo County School.
The grants are part of the foundation’s Brighter Minds education initiative. The $10,000 grants will enable these pre-K programs to improve their learning environments.
“Early-childhood education lays the foundation for lifelong learning and success,” said Myla Calhoun, Alabama Power vice president of Charitable Giving. “Children who have access to high-quality pre-K programs are better prepared for elementary school, high school and, ultimately, the workforce. This is an investment in our state’s future that we can’t afford to overlook.”
The state’s nationally recognized First Class Pre-K Program is administered by the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, which funds classrooms across the state through a competitive grant process. First Class Pre-K is in all 67 Alabama counties.
According to the Department of Children’s Affairs, a key component for quality pre-K is having well-furnished classrooms. The Alabama Power Foundation grants will help furnish these classrooms with high-quality learning materials and equipment.
Early childhood education is one of the three focus areas for the Alabama Power Foundation’s Brighter Minds education initiative, along with strengthening STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and workforce development, and providing conservation education. To find out more about Brighter Minds and other initiatives of the Alabama Power Foundation, visit powerofgood.com.