The Richmond Register

Local News

June 16, 2014

Corbin, Ashland schools among 25 beneficiaries of ‘bornlearning’ grants

FRANKFORT — A Corbin primary center serving grades K-2 and an Ashland elementary school are among the 25 beneficiaries of “bornlearning Academy” grants from Kentucky’s Race to the Top Learning grants and 14 more of the academies to assist parents of pre-kindergarten children will be funded by Toyota Manufacturing.

The academies provide workshops for parents of soon-to-be enrolled kindergarten students, showing parents how to use everyday activities for teaching and learning opportunities.

“For parents with very young children, especially first-time parents, any type of information you can get is very useful and helpful,” said Mark Daniels, director of Instructional Support for Corbin Independent Schools.

The Corbin Primary Center and Poage Elementary in Ashland will each receive one of the 25 “Kentucky All-STARS” grants which pay for training teachers and staff at Family Resource Centers to teach a series of six parent workshops. Crabbe Elementary in Ashland already operates the bornLearning program, having received a grant from Toyota in 2012 to train its staff.

The Race to the Top grant is providing $1.4 million to expand the program to 150 academies across the state beginning this year. Previously Toyota and United Way of Kentucky began a five-year statewide process of starting the academies in Kentucky in 2012.

The goal for Toyota is to fund startup of 70 academies by the end of the five years, including the 14 announced Monday along with those the state is funding through its Race to the Top grant.

“What we hope to do with it is involve parents in our school through our family resource center that may not have a relationship with the school already,” said Poage Principal Jamie Lester. “Our target audience is people who do not have a connection to our school yet. The goal is to building a relationship as such when the time does come that they already know everything about that.”

Lester said the Ashland family resource center will be available at Poage Elementary, on site, two days a week during the school year.

“We want them to know our family resource director, the school secretary, the principal, all those people, before their kids even get into our school,” Lester said. “It’s about building relationships.”

Daniels said the academy uses proven strategies which have been researched and tested and shown to work. They include workshops specifically directed at fathers and even grandparents to help children learn and be better prepared for kindergarten and school.

“There are a tremendous number of grandparents raising their grandchildren in this area and across the country, really,” Daniels said. Other sessions show parents how to use common activities to explain patterns and words as well as nutrition and general health components.

Daniels said the school just learned it is one of this year’s recipients and Megan Howard, who will coordinate the program, was attending a workshop on the program Monday.

Helen Carroll, manager of community relations at Toyota, said the reason for the automobile manufacturer’s interest is simple.

“Toyota’s growth and success depend on the quality of the workforce,” she explained. “We need workers who are prepared through high quality education and training. We have learned that workers prepared for college and career start out as children prepared for kindergarten. And that starts with parents.”

Toyota plans to invest $1 million in the academies by 2016. Beshear said the Race to the Top grant provided the state an opportunity to build on the proven success of the academies funded by Toyota in a partnership with United Way of Kentucky.

“Parents and caregivers often need support and guidance on how to best teach their children and set them on the right track for learning,” Beshear said. “These academies provide them with tools to prepare their young children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.”

Others funded by the state grants this year are Justice Elementary in Clark County, Eden Elementary in Martin County, and Tompkinsville Elementary in Monroe County. Elementary programs in Graves, Livingston, Logan, Campbell, Pendleton, Shelby, Casey, Cumberland, Washington, Mason, Owsley, Leslie, Breckinridge, Hardin, and Meade counties also received state grants.

Newly funded Toyota academies are in Bell, Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Henderson, Kenton, Leslie, Oldham and Perry counties.

Toyota previously funded the program at Crabbe Elementary in Ashland, Berea Elementary and Hiseville Elementary in Barren County.

Ronnie Ellis writes for CNHI News Service and is based in Frankfort. Reach him at Follow CNHI News Service stories on Twitter at


Text Only
Local News
  • 8-1 Bees 2.jpg Bee-ing in the know

    Bee lovers were buzzing around Eastern Kentucky University this week for the Eastern Apicultural Society’s 2014 conference.
    Hobbyists, scientists and apiarists traveled from as far as Canada, France and New Zealand, as well as many states, to spend the week exploring numerous aspects of bees.

    July 31, 2014 8 Photos

  • 8-1 Tanya R. Horn.jpg Store employee charged with taking $10,000

    Tanya R. Horn, 33, of Darlene Court, pilfered $10,196 in cash from Posh Tots on Meridian Way over the course of two years, according to a Richmond Police report.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-30 Candids 1.jpg Madison County Fair paid admissions total 10,000 by Tuesday

    Approximately 10,000 people had purchased tickets to the Madison County Fair by Tuesday evening, Billy Tudor, fair board president said Wednesday morning.
    The count does not include Sunday’s Family Fun Day, which offered free admission, Tudor said.

    July 31, 2014 10 Photos

  • 7-31 Pageant Toddler Girl Winners.jpg Babies, toddlers crowned at Madison County Fair


    July 31, 2014 4 Photos

  • Airport getting $600,000 in federal funds

    On July 14, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the Madison Airport and the Eastern Kentucky University aviation program would be receiving $1.1 million for expanded and improved facilities.
    On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Sixth District, announced the airport also would benefit from $600,000 in Federal Aviation Administration funds.

    July 31, 2014

  • Veggies going on the grill Saturday

    The Madison County Farmers Market will demonstrate Saturday that fresh garden vegetables can go on the grill as well as in a salad.
    The Madison County Extension Service staff, along with members of the extension homemakers clubs, will be on hand to show market customers how tasty grilled vegetables can be, said Gina Noe, extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

    July 31, 2014

  • Stumbo says McConnell ‘handpicked’ leader of coal association

    Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo said Wednesday there’s an obvious reason the president of the Kentucky Coal Association has publicly defended Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s support of the coal industry.

    July 31, 2014

  • Berea utility doubles solar farm, again

    Berea Municipal Utilities started its solar farm in October 2011 with 60 panels. In less that five days, all were leased.
    Another 60, which became operational in June 2012, were leased in less than four months.
    Now, the farm again has doubled, with the addition of 126 panels that are ready for leasing, said Steve Boyce, a retired Berea College professor who has been involved with the program since its inception.

    July 30, 2014

  • Miss Madison Winners 2.jpg My fair ladies


    July 29, 2014 5 Photos

  • 10th Quilt Extravaganza is Friday, Saturday

    Displays of quilts by men, baby quilts, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden pattern, an exhibit of feed sack fabric, ongoing demonstrations, and a vendors market are features of the 10th Berea Quilt Extravaganza Friday and Saturday at Berea Community School off Ellipse Street.

    July 29, 2014

AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Should Madison County’s three local governing bodies ban smoking in indoor public places?

     View Results