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Highway 20 Grant

H20 - Highway 20 Early Childhood Care and Education

The Nebraska Department of Education has awarded grant funds to school districts located in Crawford, Chadron, Hay Springs, and Gordon-Rushville. Grant funds will be used to establish and/or maintain four high quality early childhood education programs for children who are three and four years of age as of October 15th.

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ALL Children are eligible to benefit from funds awarded to the H20 – Highway 20 Early Childhood Care and Education Development Grant. The Early Childhood Education Grant program is intended to support the development of children in the birth to kindergarten age range through the provision of comprehensive center-based programs. In most cases the projects expand to combine existing pre-kindergarten programs funded through district, federal, or state funds including Head Start. Each project receives funding for up to one-half of the operating budget of the project per year on a continuing basis, subject to available state funds. A public school or an educational service unit is the fiscal agent.

Families with children ages three and four are encouraged to contact their local school district contact person for application information. All children will be considered for enrollment in the perspective programs regardless of income status. Priority will be given to children four years of age by October 15, 2005. Guidelines from the USDA Food program will serve as a guide for enrolling children. Families may also be eligible for services provided by Health and Human Services and Head Start.

Families are encouraged to complete the application from and return it to one of the programs listed below.

Crawford City Schools, 905 5th Street, Crawford, NE 69339
Catie Limbach 308-665-1928

Chadron City Schools, 602 East 10th Street, Chadron, NE 69337
Kim Madsen 308-432-6379

Hay Springs Public Schools, 407 N. Baker or P.O. Box 280, Hay Springs, NE 69347
Kim Marx 308-638-4434

Gordon-Rushville Public Schools, 401 Spraque Street, Rushville, NE 69360
Judy Linders 308-327-2448

Funded projects are required to operate in compliance with Rule 11 Regulations Early Childhood Education Grant Program. Rule 11 reflects research-based practices for quality early childhood education programs intended to produce strong outcomes for children.

Such elements of quality include:

  • a strong family involvement/education component recognizing the importance of parents in their children's development and learning;
  • well-trained staff and optimum staff and child ratios in programs providing services to children;
  • developmentally and linguistically appropriate and culturally sensitive curriculum, practices, and assessment;
  • integration of children of diverse social and economic characteristics;
  • inclusion of children with disabilities;
  • a sound evaluation component;
  • continuity with programs in kindergarten and elementary grades;
  • procedures to ensure participating children and families have access to comprehensive nutrition, (including at least on meal per day), health and social services;
  • a parent/community advisory group which provides substantive ongoing direction to the program;
  • build these programs on existing services in the community, including Head Start, early childhood special education, community child care programs, and other district pre-kindergarten initiatives; and
  • invite the participation of personnel from are private and non-profit early childhood care and education program in professional development thus influencing the quality of early childhood programs in the community at large.

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