Knox to receive $6 million annually to support cradle to career

Welcome to the neighborhood!

That is the message that Knox County and Berea College leaders are sharing with stakeholders following announcement of a multi-million dollar grant award that will support cradle to career efforts.

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday that Berea College is the recipient of a five year Promise Neighborhood grant that will bring $6 million annually to partnering school districts.

Knox County, Barbourville, and Corbin Independent school districts will share grant funds and resources which aim to improve outcomes for children and families in education, health, wellness, safety, early childhood development, and college and career readiness.   Often referred to as cradle to career, the goal is to provide services from early childhood to post-graduation.  Not only will Promise Neighborhood improve individual lives, but also will contribute to building a thriving community.

The Knox Promise Neighborhood plan creates a complete continuum of solutions to prepare all children to attain an education and successfully transition to college and career and will significantly increase the students served by the complete continuum to reach scale over time. The continuum of solutions is aligned with an ambitious, rigorous and comprehensive strategy for improvement of schools in the Neighborhood.

Partners for Education at Berea College will oversee the grant and work with partnering districts to identify and deliver support services to students.  Partners for Education has extensive experience in managing formal and informal partnerships with multiple schools, non-profit and government partners both locally and nationally, through private and federally funded projects.  Knox is the recipient of multiple grants through Partners for Education.

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Posted on December 20, 2016