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June Harless Center receives grant

Jan. 15, 2012 @ 11:20 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development was recently awarded a $175,000 grant to implement a seamless model of transition from preschool to kindergarten for children, parents and teachers in West Virginia.

The center, part of the College of Education at Marshall University, will work collaboratively with Cabell County Schools and the West Virginia Department of Education. The project will develop a set of coordinated transition and orientation to kindergarten experiences that result in children who are ready to be successful and schools that are ready to receive children and their families.

According to West Virginia's Universal Access to a Quality Early Education System, each county collaborative is required to have a written and implemented transition plan. Implementation, however, can be inconsistent because each family's needs are different and each community has its own unique characteristics and constraints.

Goals include engaging parent involvement for seamless transition between preschool and kindergarten, ensuring philosophy and curriculum alignment, providing training and support and fostering relationships as resources.

The grant was funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

For more information, contact Tarabeth Brumfield at brumfield11@marshall.edu or visit www.marshall.edu/harless.