Pre-K Grant Received
The Grenada School District has received a grant from the Mississippi Department of Education to expand and improve our successful Pre-K Program, Learning Blocks. Grenada will receive $247,250 each year of 2017, 2018, and 2019 to expand the services for our Learning Blocks program. These funds will be spent in professional development, curriculum resources, technology, assessment materials, and teacher salaries.
Grenada School District was one of only four districts from fifteen applicants that were awarded this grant from the Early Learning Collaborative Act of 2013. This State initiative provides funding to local communities to establish, expand, support, and facilitate the successful implementation of quality early childhood education and development services. Funds were competitively awarded based on evidence of existing strong local collaboration, capacity, commitment, need, ability to demonstrate enhanced outcomes for participating children, and availability of funds.
The nurturing environment of our Learning Blocks program is providing a purposeful and playful place for Pre-K students to learn skills and knowledge needed to begin kindergarten. Pre-K experiences allow students to not only keep pace with Kindergarten lessons, but affords children the educational foundation to excel in their achievement. Instruction is guided by a comprehensive curriculum that uses research-based strategies and data-driven decisions. The children in our program receive instruction containing hands-on activities delivering learning opportunities in reading, math skills, computer literacy, music, and art. Learning Blocks is staffed by experienced, certified teachers that routinely pass performance evaluations.
GSD is pleased with the successful implementation of our initial Pre-K classes and is proud of the receipt of our grant in the State's highly competitive grant cycle. Learning Blocks will be expanded, upgraded, and will provide even better prospects for our smallest learners!