Mt. Vernon Mini-Marauder Preschool was recently awarded a capacity-building grant of over $17,400 from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). The Mini-Marauder Preschool will use these funds for additional staffing, classroom materials, evidence-based curriculum/instruction materials and family engagement. Special thanks to the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation for providing the 5% match and serving as the community partner required by the grant.
The education capacity-grant for Indiana totaled more than $870,000 to 14 applicants that represent 19 pre-kindergarten programs in 13 Indiana counties. The goal of the grant is to provide higher quality early education in Indiana.
Those who received the grant are located in counties whose residents are eligible for the On My Way Pre-K Program, a state-funded pre-kindergarten program for low-income children.
The grant funds in part will be used to invest in social emotional curriculum training. The “Second Steps” program is the same program that Mt. Vernon elementary schools use for all students. This will ensure continuity of lessons throughout students’ early formation years. The program will help staff ensure that the children have the knowledge and skills that they need to manage and understand their emotions and give them a good foundation of decision-making skills.
The Mini-Marauder Preschool will also invest in additional student engagement materials as they strive to meet the educational needs of all students. All of the materials will be representative of various age groups, abilities, and cultures to support cultural development. There will also be new STEM materials used to improve math and science development.
The funding will also be used for a new instructional assistant in the Mini-Marauder Preschool to support 15 pre-kindergarten students. In addition, the funds will also support supplies for the annual “Family Day” event.
The Mt. Vernon Mini-Marauder Preschool is looking forward to implementing the new curriculum and materials needed to support the pre-k students and prepare them for a bright future.