photo courtesy Born Learning Academy

photo courtesy Born Learning Academy

By Ryan Quinn/Gazette Mail

A program that seeks to teach parents and caregivers how to teach their young children is expanding its locations to Edgewood Elementary and six more West Virginia schools, with the help of a $52,000 grant from Toyota and a $38,200 grant from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.

Six elementary schools in five West Virginia counties — Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Mason and Preston — have been hosting the program, which is meant to help prenatal through 5-year-old children and their families.

The United Way Born Learning Academies, which began in neighboring Kentucky in 2009, spread to the Mountain State in 2014 with the help of a previous donation from Toyota, which says it has now donated about $130,500 to the programs.

Six elementary schools in five West Virginia counties — Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Mason and Preston — have been hosting the program, which is meant to help prenatal through 5-year-old children and their families.

In the Capitol Thursday, Born Learning’s supporters announced both the new grants and the addition of seven more host schools for the 2016-17 school year, which has already started in most counties. Speakers highlighted the particular importance that learning in early childhood plays in students’ later success.

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