Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that Kentucky will finance workshops for parents on early childhood education in 25 school districts in the fall.
The initiative is paid for by Kentucky's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge federal grant.
Among the districts where the workshops are to be held are Clark, Boyd, Martin, Mason, Owsley, Leslie and Whitley counties, according to a news release from Beshear's office.
It's the first step of a four-year, $1.4 million expansion of 150 academies across the state.
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The academies consist of six sessions designed to demonstrate how to turn everyday moments with children into learning opportunities.
Also, Toyota has financed 21 academies since 2012 and officials announced Monday that Toyota had added academies hosted by 14 more schools, including Arlington, Booker T. Washington Primary Academy, Mary Todd and William Wells Brown Academy in Fayette County.
Materials for the program were created by United Way, a workshop model developed by Tim Hanner, a retired Kenton County school superintendent; and Northern Kentucky University.