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HAZARD – Roy G. Eversole Elementary School in Hazard is one of 14 statewide launching new early childhood learning programs this fall with funding from Toyota manufacturing operations in Kentucky. Called United Way Born Learning® Academies, driven by Toyota, the program takes aim at the fact that half of Kentucky’s children are not prepared for kindergarten, according to research by the Kentucky Board of Education.

Along with the 14 new schools, Toyota will continue to fund 20 veteran academies at schools across the state through a five-year, $1 million investment.

Investing in quality early childhood education offers substantial benefits. Experts say that every dollar spent on preschool and early childhood education programs carries a return on investment ranging from $2 to $17. According to the Prichard Committee, children who attend high-quality preschool are more likely to be employed and have higher earnings as adults.

(Media is invited to experience the first workshop at Roy G. Eversole Elementary on September 8, 2014. More details will be available shortly.)

Now in its third year of a five-year investment, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) are committed to provide funding to United Way of Kentucky to expand Born Learning Academies to 70 schools by 2016.

Families in communities where the academies are held are welcome to take part in the free monthly school-based workshops that teach parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to five years how to turn everyday moments into learning opportunities. The workshops will serve as a fun and innovative community resource that enable parents and teachers to collaborate in the early childhood development of future students. Parents are not required to have a child enrolled at the school to attend.

The workshops at Eversole Elementary are free and include a meal for participating families to enjoy together. Workshops are at the school at 705 Main Street in Hazard and are set for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Graduation: Monday, March 9, 2015

For more information and to register, parents and caregivers should contact Eddie Whitaker at (606) 436-4721.

The United Way Born Learning Academy offers an innovative approach to early childhood development and parent engagement. Academies utilize Born Learning materials created by United Way Worldwide and a workshop model developed by Tim Hanner, a retired school superintendent, the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky University. The partnership has grown to include the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, United Way of Kentucky and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood.

The new United Way Born Learning Academies, driven by Toyota are: LaGrange Elementary in LaGrange; Southside Elementary in Shelbyville; North Park Elementary in Radcliff; William Wells Brown, Arlington, Mary Todd elementaries and Booker T. Washington Primary Academy, all in Lexington; Westridge Elementary in Frankfort; Roy G. Eversole Elementary in Hazard; Mountain View Elementary in Leslie; Middlesboro Elementary in Middlesboro; Mary A. Goetz Elementary in Ludlow; Thelma B. Johnson School in Henderson; and Estes Elementary in Owensboro.

Second and third year United Way Born Learning Academies, driven by Toyota are: Boston School in Boston; Campbell Elementary in Raceland; Clark County Preschool in Winchester; Crabbe Elementary in Ashland; East Calloway and Murray elementaries, both in Murray; Farley Elementary in Paducah; Foust Elementary in Owensboro; H.W. Wilkey Elementary School in Leitchfield; Garth Elementary School in Georgetown; Grandview Elementary in Bellevue; Highland Elementary in Waynesburg; Hiseville Elementary in Hiseville; J.A. Caywood Elementary in Edgewood; Lacy Elementary Hopkinsville; May Valley Elementary in Prestonsburg; Paris Elementary in Paris; South Heights Elementary in Henderson; Trigg County Primary in Cadiz; and Wingo Elementary in Wingo.

About Toyota Kentucky

Toyota’s largest vehicle manufacturing plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (Toyota Kentucky) produced the first American-made Camry in 1988. More than 10 million vehicles have rolled off Toyota’s assembly line in Georgetown, where full-time employment is around 7,000 people and investment tops $5.9 billion. In addition to the Camry, America’s best-selling car, Toyota Kentucky manufactures the Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza, and four-cylinder and V-6 engines. Beginning late 2015, the plant will begin production of the first U.S.-assembled Lexus, adding 50,000 vehicles to its current annual capacity of 500,000 (engine production capacity: 600,000). More than $45 million has been donated by Toyota’s Kentucky plant to non-profit organizations throughout the state. For more information about Toyota Kentucky, visit www.toyotaky.com

About United Way of Kentucky

Since 1984, United Way of Kentucky has been serving local communities by assisting local United Ways in Kentucky to build healthier and more caring communities. It is currently supported by 22 local United Ways which help Kentuckians build stronger, healthier, and safer communities across 88 counties. United Way of Kentucky is a 501(c)(3) health and human service organization governed by a statewide volunteer board of directors.

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