Name of Engagement

JMU will Help Increase Preschool Access with Grant

Contact Information

JMU College of Education

Contact Details

coe@jmu.edu

Description

James Madison University today announced the receipt of a $3,654,000 grant to increase access to early education in several cities and counties across Virginia. The grant will provide 314 preschool slots for 3 and 4-year-olds currently facing barriers to formal school entry, at no cost to families.

The 1-year grant from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation builds on existing efforts to increase access to high-quality preschool through public-private partnerships. JMU Early Childhood Initiatives include several projects and grants to address racial inequity, lack of access, increasing quality, teacher training, leadership, and family engagement. The grant is the next step in increasing the capacity of communities to provide high quality early education to at-risk children, with a particular focus on increased access for children and families of color and those living in child care deserts.

Web Presence

https://www.jmu.edu/news/2021/09/07-vecfgrant.shtml

Involvement

Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU

Scope

JMU Campus Scope, Harrisonburg/Local/VA

Date

Fall 2021

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement

Format

Program, Community Service, Department or Center

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