District 50 Receives Innovative Grant to Improve Early Childhood Education
Families in need of high-quality preschool and childcare in Adams County are getting some help from a new grant awarded to Adams County School District 50 from the Policy Innovation Lab at the University of Utah.
The Lab will assist the District in developing a Pay for Success project to improve school readiness for kindergarteners in District 50. Pay for Success is an innovative funding model that drives government resources toward social programs that have a proven track record.
“The early years are critical to a child’s long term success in school,” said Dr. Pamela Swanson, Superintendent of Adams County School District 50. “This grant will help us to identify the best ways to prepare our students for the classroom.”
The grant will pay for research and expert analysis of the best methods to support children in the community. Options include programs like home visitation, parent support and education as well as high quality preschool.
Mat Aubuchon, Director of Early Childhood Education says the grant was awarded as recognition of the important work already being done in the community. “It will allow us to expand on our collaborations with Growing Home and the Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC),” he said. “This grant is a great first step in pursuing what could be substantial funding to help expand and strengthen our early childhood programming.”
District 50 is one of six agencies in the Intermountain West to receive funding and technical support from the Policy Innovation Lab in the James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.
The lab works to identify and develop high-quality social interventions in the areas of chronic homelessness, early education, and recidivism in the Intermountain West.
The other organizations are:
- State of Colorado Department of Homeless Initiatives
- City of Boise, Idaho
- City of Las Vegas, Nevada
- Missoula County, Montana
- State of Utah, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget
Posted April 23, 2015